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IMMIGRANT OF THE DAY: ZUBIN MEHTA - CONDUCTOR

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Most Americans cannot name a symphony conductor, but for those that can, one of the names they are very likely to know is Zubin Mehta, an Indian American. Maestro Mehta has been the conductor and the musical director of many of the world's great symphonies including the New York Philharmonic, the Israeli Philharmonic and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Zubin has has a long and interesting career that has included conducting concerts that not only were great musically, but important politically. In 1991, during the height of the first Gulf War, he became a hero in Israel when he chose to remain in the country with his orchestra and conduct a concert while scud missiles were reining down on the country. Audience members wore gas masks.  In 1994, he conducted a concert at the ruins of Sarajevo's National Library to raise money for the victims of the Bosnian conflict. In 1999, he conducted a joint concert of the Bavarian State Orchestra and the Israel Philharmonic near the site of the Buchenwald Concentration Camp in a concert meant to heal wounds.  In 2005, he conducted a concert in Madras that was a major fundraiser for victims of the 2004 tsunami. But you really know he's an icon when you've got a Muppet named for you.

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