Tuesday, September 1, 2015 Elul 17, 5775
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If not for a friend in a secular choir who referred him to a Jewish choral gig, Robert Ross might still be singing Christian requiems instead of Jewish psalms. He'd always identified as Jewish, but hardly had any experience with the religion while growing up, much less the music. "There were vestiges of Jewish life in our household, but it...
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Israeli's jazz cool and collected -- from concert stages all over the world
Big careers from Smalls packages? Tel Aviv's Avishai Cohen's history tells such a story; new to New York in 1997, but already an established artist in Israel, he arrived at Smalls legendary jazz club as a man with a horn and a talent with a tale. It takes a village? It took gigs at the pre-eminent Greenwich Village landmark to...
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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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