Saturday, October 25, 2014 Heshvan 1, 5775
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M.J. Fine, JE Feature
Here's an ingenious way to pre-empt criticism: A few intense but meandering songs into Des Ark's recent local concert, singer-guitarist Aimee Argote apologized for being unfocused. It's just that earlier in the day, she said, her aunt had been spotted on TV, being rescued from a flood of biblical proportions, and her grandmother still hadn't been located. So if Argote...
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Cantor David F. Tilman, JE Feature
Some notes from the road and summer vacation … During my time in the Poconos, I got a chance to return to the Mountain Laurel Center for the Performing Arts in Bushkill, the concert center where I had previously heard the New Jersey Symphony and pianist Vladimir Feltsman in an all-Tchaikovsky program. It was a different kind of music this...
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Jared Shelly, JE Feature
Like other musicians, Mike "Slo-Mo" Brenner played conventional rock 'n' roll guitar for years: one band in high school, another one in college. He played the same music while touring with group after group once he graduated from Boston University, but felt something was missing. "It wasn't really sounding like what I was hearing," offered Brenner, a 39-year-old with dark...
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M.J. Fine, JE Feature
It took Jacob seven years to get Leah, and seven more to earn Rachel. Phranc fans know the feeling: The singer-songwriter born Susan Gottlieb took seven years between 1991's sweet-and-sour "Positively Phranc" and 1998's mostly sour "Milkman," and seven years later, she's due for a follow-up. Returning to the road to mark the 20th anniversary of her debut, "Folksinger," the...
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David Tilman, JE
Two months ago, Joseph H. Kluger announced hisresignation as presidentof the Philadelphia Orchestra,completing his 16-year stewardshipat the end of August. Initially appointed as executivedirector in May 1989, he wasgranted the title of president inNovember 1991, and has the secondlongest tenure as chief administrativeleader of the orchestra,exceeded only by ArthurJudson (1915-1935). A lothas happened in the interim: collaborationswith Maestro RiccardoMuti; two...
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