Monday, October 20, 2014 Tishri 26, 5775
In Record Time
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Cantor David F. Tilman, JE Feature
One of the most important concerts of this season featuring music of Jewish content will be presented by the 130-voice Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia at its annual spring concert on Sunday evening, May 7, at Irvine Auditorium of the University of Pennsylvania. The Mendelssohn Club and its superb music director, Alan Harler, have brought together internationally known bass-baritone Sanford Sylvan,...
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What happens when the disruptive sounds a mentally disabled artist hears in his own head find their way out onto the street? When the brain serves as a cacophonic symphony space for neurons and abnormalcy clashing against each other? In the case of Daniel Johnston, what happens is an arcane career and notoriety among the rock 'n' roiled crowd who...
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My Groundhog Day party was a hit. Always is. Every year. Like clockwork. With a little inspiration, we can turn any calendar anomaly into a holiday, and any holiday into an event. TuB'Shevat seder. Purimschpiel. "Do Business in Your Bathrobe Day." Even Super Bowl Sunday can be fun once you turn off the TV and dig into the hummus. There...
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Cantor David F. Tilman,
Two new albums deliver beautiful and elegant musical moments worthy of your interest. The self-titled debut album of 22-year-old jazz singer Sophie Milman reflects a deep and mature understanding of her chosen musical idiom - almost incredible for such a young performer, and especially so for a singer. Born in Russia under the Communist regime, Milman and her family immigrated...
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M.J. Fine, JE Feature
By nature, I'm not a competitive person. I don't understand the appeal of sports or beauty pageants. But as a music writer, I spend half of December relistening to the year's releases, giving one more listen to every song on every album, and then rating (on a five-point scale) the ones that make the first cut to come up with...
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