Giving Jewish Composers An Artistic Rebirth

Leon Botstein’s ‘Hungary Torn’ concert celebrates works of Jewish musicians whose lives were disrupted by the Nazis.
04/28/2013 - 20:00
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It’s not a memorial concert.

Leon Botstein conducting the American Symphony Orchestra. Jito Lee

A Shoah Love Story Fit For The Opera

Composer Gerald Cohen stages Jack and Ina Polak’s ‘complicated’ concentration camp romance.
04/22/2013 - 20:00
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The composer Gerald Cohen has known Jack and Ina Polak for over 25 years, first as their cantor at Shaarei Tikvah Congregation in Scarsdale and, gradually, as a friend. So when he asked the couple if he could adapt the story of their time in Bergen-Belsen as an opera, it was likely they would say yes.

Ida and Jack Polak, in their early years and today, above, are the subject of an opera, “Steal a Pencil for Me.”

Ukrainian Pianist Defies Labels

The classically trained jazz man Vadim Neselovskyi is trying to stay open to his many stylistic influences.
04/15/2013 - 20:00
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Vadim Neselovskyi has one particularly vivid memory of a homecoming in his native Ukraine.

Vadim Neselovskyi: Aims for “seamless” melding of musical styles.

‘Voice For Life’

In rare N.Y. appearance, Italian singer channels songs of women imprisoned in camps and ghettos.
04/03/2013 - 20:00
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The sound is unmistakable and unique. It is, as Charlette Shulamit Ottolenghi observes, neither Ashkenazi nor Sephardic. It is entirely its own, even if the words are millennia old.

“The fact that [these women] could compose in the camps is like a miracle to me,” says Charlette Shulamit Ottlenghi, right.

‘I Feel More Open, More Free’

Matisyahu talks about his new religious outlook, his appearance and his music.
03/27/2013 - 20:00

Paris — Cigarette in one hand and cup of tea in the other, Matisyahu sat down with JTA in his closet-sized dressing room during his European tour to talk about his life, his music, how he’s raising his kids, and the recent changes in his religious outlook and physical appearance.

Matisyahu “I’m looking very much towards the Torah and Judaism as a source of inspiration.”  Larry Busacca/Getty

Songs In The Key Of Life

The lyrical pianist Fred Hersch’s jazz-theater piece ‘My Coma Dreams’ has an unlikely presenter: the narrative medicine program at Columbia.
02/26/2013 - 19:00
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The world is made of stories.

Michael Winther sings the lyrics. Stephanie Berger

A Violinist Who Bridges Worlds

The classically trained Miri Ben-Ari melds jazz, R&B and hip hop. Along the way she’s become something of a cultural ambassador for Israel.
02/11/2013 - 19:00
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Miri Ben-Ari is nothing if not enthusiastic. In conversation the word she uses most frequently is “fantastic.” It’s the word that comes up repeatedly when you ask the Grammy-winning Israeli violinist about the concert appearance she is making in New York on Feb. 20 to kick off a multi-city tour.

Miri Ben-Ari

Frank London’s Latest Project Is Really Big

Trumpeter bringing classic, 21-piece Shekhinah band to The Stone for month-long series, part of a rash of new gigs.
02/01/2013 - 19:00
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Sometimes, less isn’t more.

Frank London's Klezmer Brass All-Stars kicks off a new klezmer series next week at the Stephen Wise Free Synagogue. Arjen Veldt

Barenboim’s Special Kind Of Harmony

For the young Jewish, Arab and Christian musicians in the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, a sense of transcending borders.
01/28/2013 - 19:00
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Creating a new symphony orchestra is an involved process. There’s more to it than just finding a bunch of musicians and some sheet music. Doing it with young artists adds complications. Consciously imposing a socio-political agenda would seem to make it nearly impossible.

Musicians from Israel, the Palestinian Authority and neighboring Arab lands share musical stands and more.

Altman, Tannenbaum Reunite For A Night

What I Like About Jew duo back together for Christmas gig.
12/17/2012 - 19:00
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Two Jews walk into a cabaret. No, that’s not the joke, the jokes will come later, fast and furious.

Lean on me: Sean Altman. Rob Tannenbaum
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