Friday, October 24, 2014 Tishri 30, 5775
From Philadelphia to Warsaw, how a master violinist plucks plaudits from the air
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No loose strings on Joshua Bell's plentiful portfolio; indeed, his career-making connection to Philadelphia has become even more taut with time. And what the master violinist -- who has taught younger musicians in classes that bespeak his mettle as a class act -- has learned since having his debut at age 14 with the Philadelphia Orchestra, is that "you feel...
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Barbra Streisand is Steven Brinberg's bread and ... buttah. You don't need the Coffee Lady to know that people who like people are lucky; but people who adore people like Brinberg adores Streisand, well, they're ... fabulous! A great turn -- turn around and just listen; is it him or "Memories"? -- is what Brinberg does as "Simply Barbra," his...
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Rachel Levy Lesser, JEFeature
As a saxophone, piano and clarinet player, Ken Silver is a world-class musician; he has played for former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Vice President Al Gore and several times for President Bill Clinton, including a recent stint at a Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia event. He is also a dedicated educator, serving as the...
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Acclaimed drummer sticks to a 'four-act' life
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Born to drum. And then some. His roles as TV sidekick, author, raconteur, former music distribution executive, GQ-coiffed quipster ... all are side shows to his showcased talent: Max Weinberg doesn't bang the drum slowly; he makes it dissolve with riffs that roar and reveal a hands-on artistry of perfection. Certainly the forever Bruce buddy and Springsteen E Street star...
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Idan Raichel Project to bring fusion to Sunday's 62nd birthday party
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The Ashkenazi Lawrence Welk? Don't mean to burst your bubble, Idan Raichel, but how could such a cool kid commit to an accordion to start his iconoclastic climb up rock's rocky highway? "It helped keep my eyes and ears open to sounds all over the world," says the now 32-year-old sabra from Kfar Saba, so far away from those early...
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