Friday, December 26, 2014 Tevet 4, 5775
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When your name is Rush, why wait? Because it was a great job, says Devyn Rush of her work as a singing server, waiting tables at Ellen's Stardust Diner in New York. Well, not everyone could wait; indeed, the diner's management couldn't, firing the 21-year-old for taking time off. But this was not idle time but "Idol" time as New...
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Israeli group shakes up the notion of what a band can accomplish
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Is the Shuk -- with its mantra of "Preserve, Perpetuate and Innovate" -- Israel's sand-dune version of "Survivor"? This Jewish tribe has spoken; more importantly, it's sung. And in the marketplace -- shuk's meaning in Hebrew -- of ideas, this one thrives on sound advice. As leaders of the band, Brooklyn-born Yoni Avital and Cherry Hill's Ami Yares are actually...
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Philly's Avi Wisnia is hot to trot for the Brazilian beat
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Blame it on the bossa nova, sure, but doesn't klezmer share some responsibility? And how about liturgy? Where does that come in? It all comes together in explaining the wistful soundtrack of Avi Wisnia's life, where the son of a regional rabbi bounded over the bimah to explore the outside pull of a musical postmodern world. And the son returns,...
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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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