Thursday, April 24, 2014 Nisan 24, 5774
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M.J. Fine, JE Feature
To be alive is to be beset by death. You can ignore that fact, obsess on it or let it motivate you. Philadelphia's Andrew Lipke gets this, and he uses it as fuel for his songs. His third album, "Motherpearl & Dynamite," begins and ends with glimpses of mortality; in between, he marches slowly but steadily toward the light. Lipke's...
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Marvin Hamlisch can do just about anything, earning a 'Chorus' of acclaim in the process
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A singular sensation? How about an octave of 'em! The Jewish genius that is haimish Marvin Hamlisch started at Juilliard, when at age 6, he became its youngest student to snap a piano to attention at the mere tickling of its ivories. Tickle me, Marvin: Audiences have been ever since, as the 66-year-old and his 88-key musical companion have 86ed...
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Dreidel, dreidel, dreidel, they made it out of ... rock? Roll with it, muses Erran Baron Cohen, keying in on some new sound advice for those who want mischievous music with their matzah balls. It's all in his latest, the lyrical "Songs in the Key of Hanukkah." "Ocho Kandalikas," with Yasmin Levy adding her voice to the mix? Rapper Y-Love...
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Cantor David F. Tilman, JE Feature
Every year or so, the community welcomes the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra to the Kimmel Center -- an event that is both about serious music-making and an identification with cultural expression from Israel. Late last month, the IPO presented a thrilling concert led by conducting sensation Gustavo Dudamel. Serious musical aficionados were eager to see and hear the Philadelphia debut of...
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A violinist with cosmic grace notes goes on the record
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Lili Haydn has strings attached to community and to her musical muse: The acclaimed violinist veers from sad to snappy on her latest CD, "Place Between Places," infused with insight, and an insatiable and intuitive yearning for finding that corner of the world that is hers. Certainly, there have been a few: Daughter of the late, luminous comic Lotus Weinstock...
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