Friday, October 24, 2014 Tishri 30, 5775
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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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Cantor David F. Tilman, JE Feature
Halfway through the holiday, still looking for good gifts? Here are a number of new recordings for your Chanukah shopping list: The Philadelphia Orchestra's first release on the Ondine label, "The Philadelphia Orchestra/ Christoph Eschenbach," featuring "Concerto for Orchestra," by Bela Bartok; "Memorial to Lidice," by Bohuslav Martinu; and "Partita for Strings," by Gideon Klein, contains music that is meaningful...
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Well, rock my world: VH1 is presenting "So Jewtastic" as part of its "All Access Presents." Oy! Nah. Make that Yo! Because it's all a topsy-turvy world, isn't it? Madonna as Esther, Adam Goldberg, "The Hebrew Hammer" … Suddenly, hip-hop has become hopped-up Yiddishkeit? Bling it on! And that's what happens in "So Jewtastic," being shown by the cable network...
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What makes Christmas Carol kosher? Is it the fact that she doesn't mix milk and meat in her mince pies while putting up the tree? "Exactly," says Peter Gordon with a laugh. Wrong answer; right expert opinion. Gordon should know - as should colleague Michael Lange, both of whom make up the silliest music possible. But that's their bizarre -...
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On Stage
Who knew you could form a band while dropping the trombone segment of "slide trombone" and just keeping the slides? Welcome to the Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players, where a picture is worth more than a thousand words - it's worth two hours of the most unusual concert this side of recording a family Passover seder. And who could pass up...
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