You Can’t Always Get What You Want

03/31/2014 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Observant Jews in Israel can’t get no satisfaction.

That was the mantra this week as word spread that the Rolling Stones will make their first-ever appearance in the Jewish state on June 4. The reason for the dissatisfaction: because the Tel Aviv show will begin just a few minutes after the end of Shavuot (Israelis keep one day of Shavuot, not two), which rules out attendance for most of those who observe the holiday.

Everybody must get Stoned: Timing of the Rolling Stones’ Tel Aviv show irks religious Jews. Getty Images

Miley Cyrus To Play Israel

11/11/2013 - 19:00

Bust out the foam fingers, Israel! Yep, Miley Cyrus is coming to town.

The large-tongued woman who got the term twerking into the Oxford Dictionary and lit up a joint at the recent MTV awards in Amsterdam will perform in the Holy Land this summer, Channel 2 reports.

The joint will be jumping when Miley Cyrus plays Israel. Getty Images

Rihana Defies BDS, Plays Tel Aviv

10/22/2013 - 20:00

Rihanna sang before a crowd of 50,000 in Tel Aviv at Israel’s largest performance venue, Yarkon Park.

Fans paid $100 and up for Tuesday’s show, part of the pop star’s “Diamonds” world tour and her second performance in Israel. She played Israel three years ago.

Between Bima And Stage

Sharon Azrieli Perez’s big voice can bridge musical worlds.
05/06/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

It is somehow appropriate that Sharon Azrieli Perez should be giving a Mothers’ Day concert on May 12. She is, after all, not only an opera singer, she’s also a mother of two.

“I love to sing the music that was written for cantors in the 1950s who moved easily from pulpit to stage,” says Azrieli Perez.

He’s Going To ‘Graceland’

N.J. native Mitch Goldstein’s 20-year musical and spiritual journey with Ladysmith Black Mambazo.
05/21/2012 - 20:00
Staff Writer

A year after Paul Simon released his boundary-shattering 1986 “Graceland” album, which he recorded with several black singers and groups when apartheid still reigned in South Africa, Brooklyn-born music lover Mitch Goldstein went to a Simon concert at Radio City Music Hall.

He didn’t know it would change his life.

South Africa’s Ladysmith Black Mambazo personifies hope, says Mitch Goldstein, left, the group’s longtime manager.

A Concert Of Reconciliation

Catholic group honors Jews in free Lincoln Center event.
04/30/2012 - 20:00
Associate Editor

Other than the Zionist revival of a Jewish state, the most remarkable — once inconceivable — development for Jews after 2,000 years may be the 180-degree Vatican shift from enmity against Judaism and Jews to an official policy of reconciliation and love for its “elder brother” in faith.

Kiko Arguello, head of The Neocatechumenal Way, has written “The Suffering of the Innocents” as “a bridge of reconciliation.”

Mahler's Ninth at 100: The New York Phil Gives It Its Due

Gustav Mahler was Jewish though not religious.  Yet he was superstitious.  When he began composing his ninth symphony, in 1908, he refused to name it by its number.  Many of his artistic heroes—Beethoven, Schubert, Bruckner—died before they could finish their ninth symphonies, so Mahler thought he would out-do fate and simply call it by another name.  He dubbed it “Das Lied von der Erde,” and its one of his best.

Red Hot Chilli Peppers To Play Tel Aviv

12/04/2011 - 19:00


The Red Hot Chili Peppers inked a deal to perform in Israel a decade after the band canceled a performance at the last minute.

A Concert Of Note In Bayreuth

07/25/2011 - 20:00
Staff Writer

‘The hot ticket” one morning this week in Bayreuth, the city in southern Germany that hosts an annual Richard Wagner opera festival, was not a performance of the composer’s “Die Meistersinger” in the main theater, but a smaller orchestra in a smaller hall as part of a fringe festival, England’s Guardian newspaper reported.

The Israel Chamber Orchestra was performing Wagner’s “Siegfried Idyll.”

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