Tuesday, September 16, 2014 Elul 21, 5774
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It's easy to see why Andrew Kurtz, the artistic director of Center City Opera Theater, was attracted to the source material for his company's latest offering, Slaying the Dragon, opening this week at the Prince Theater.
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Twenty-three-year-old Meir Shapiro wears a yarmulke. He studies music, Torah and architecture at New York's Yeshiva University. And he beatboxes -- all over the world. In the year and a half since a viral Chanukah parody catapulted the Maccabeats into Internet fame, Shapiro and 13 fellow members of the Orthodox a cappella group have performed in New Zealand, Hong Kong...
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Debra Rubin, Jewish Telegraphic Agency
Thanks to hip-hop superstar Drake's latest music video, there are now far more eyes focusing on Temple Israel's bimah in Miami than there are even during the High Holidays. And even though the song's lyrics are decidedly more profane than sacred, the Reform synagogue's president said he hoped the video would help Jewish youth connect to Judaism. The video, parts...
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Kurt Weill's massive opera-oratorio, known in English as The Eternal Road , has proven to be a daunting task for any director brave enough to tackle it. The work, which has four acts and deals with persecution throughout Jewish history, calls for a cast of hundreds and costumes in the thousands. Not surprisingly, the 1937 premiere, which took place in...
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Isn't it Rich? No, actually, recalls Carl Moritz of his Bar Mitzvah days, it was Philly Joe Jones whom he most admired as a drummer -- although Buddy Rich deserves a drum roll as well. The 22-year-old Bala Cynwyd native son is on his own roll now, just returned from the International Jazz Congress in Amsterdam as part of the...
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