Wednesday, August 20, 2014 Av 24, 5774
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Is it really surprising that Cantor David F. Tilman of Beth Sholom Congregation in Elkins Park, long known for his lilt of a lyric baritone, once had a tryout at the New York Met? Yet he wasn't performing alongside Placido Domingo, Luciano Pavarotti and that other tenor; more like Ron Swoboda, Ed Kranepool and "Marvelous" Marv Throneberry. "I played right...
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Can't we all get along? Hope so, says Jonathan Leshnoff. And his "Hope" is just that -- a union of a musical mission of orchestra, soloists, choir, poetry and composer that bonds Bible to spiritual and blends ancient with au courant. And this oratorio of an aural sensation all plays an important part in the current Philadelphia International Festival of...
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Not every up-and-coming rebel rocker/fine-voiced folkie earns enough money to jingle-jangle in his pocket. But then, not every one grew up knowing the value of jingles. Ari Hest did; his father wrote them, and his son occasionally performed them in commercials -- when he wasn't doing backup choral work for his mother, the cantor. Music as muse? Sure, but now...
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Who better than a Neshama to sing soul music? It certainly comes naturally to Neshama (Hebrew for "soul") Carlebach, the 36-year-old scion of the sensational spiritual leader/singer/composer Shlomo Carlebach, whose early death at 69 in 1994 left a hole in the soul of world music and spirituality as well. But his daughter has come a-healing and a-helping since, noting that...
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End of winter, is it any wonder that Ravid Kahalani is feeling those Yemen blues? So why's he smiling? Because, he'll be the first to tell you, this has been no winter of discontent, but a winner of musical content wowing newfound friends and followers. And he's all set to sound off about it locally, as Kahalani brings his band...
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