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June 25, 1992
The Brandeis-Bardin Institute will commence its popular "Under the Stars" summertime concert series this weekend. Celebrating an array of Jewish music, the four-concert program begins Sunday with "A Sephardic Celebration," featuring mezzo-soprano Isabelle Ganz of the acclaimed ensemble Alhambra. "Isabelle is an internationally renowned musician," said the institute's artist-in-residence, David Low.
March 14, 2013 | By Gary Goldstein
The short and sweet documentary "Hava Nagila (The Movie)" is a lively portrait of what is arguably the most ubiquitous Jewish song or, as one observer wryly puts it, "the kudzu of Jewish music. " Though perhaps best known to recent generations as that infectious, hora-accompanied staple of bar mitzvahs and Jewish weddings, the tune has a significant 150-year history that's warmly tracked by director-producer Roberta Grossman, with an assist from writer-producer Sophie Sartain.
June 15, 2003 | Chris Pasles
The Santa Monica-based Milken Family Foundation has entered into partnership with the record label Naxos American Classics on a plan to preserve the rich legacy of American Jewish music. The idea is to issue an ambitious, multiyear recording series covering concert, liturgical and popular music. The series, titled "The Milken Archive of American Jewish Music," is to be launched in September with five compact discs.
August 22, 2012 | By Mike Boehm, Los Angeles Times
The fact that the Los Angeles Jewish Symphony is making a big deal out of its 18th anniversary concert on Sunday at the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre - and isn't sure whether it will treat its 20th as a special occasion - is just the latest unique happenstance flowing from Noreen Green's decision to strike up an orchestra different from all other orchestras. Her idea of forming an ensemble that follows Jewish threads through the classical and pops traditions has had enough staying power to reach a milestone that is itself uniquely Jewish.
May 20, 1993 | TIMOTHY MANGAN
For the "New Voices in Jewish Music" concert presented in Gindi Auditorium at the University of Judaism Tuesday night, artistic director Neal Brostoff had assembled a lengthy and challenging program. Too lengthy, it turned out. And, if the mass exit at intermission was any indication, too challenging for most.
October 14, 1988 | LAURIE OCHOA
There are a lot of people who think they know a Jewish song when they hear one, but a concert presented by the Jewish Music Foundation tomorrow night might give listeners a new perspective. "Some think that cantor chants are the only clearly Jewish music," said Neal Brostoff, the foundation's artistic director. "Others have a narrower view and limit Jewish music to what is chanted when the Torah is being read. And then some say Yiddish folk songs are Jewish, nothing more."
December 31, 1993
The Western Region of Cantors Assembly will appear in concert, Jan. 11 at 8 p.m. at Sinai Temple, 10400 Wilshire Blvd., in Westwood. The Cantors Assembly, the largest international organization of cantors, comprises both female and male singers; their program will contain most facets of Jewish music: cantorial, art songs and folk songs.
When the American Jewish Congress Feminist Center puts on its annual Passover Seder today at Stephen S. Wise Temple, singer-songwriter Debbie Friedman, guitar in tow, will offer her musical spin on the Exodus. While based on true stories, her tales often have a humorous edge. Here is her take on Nahshon, the leader of the tribe of Judah, and apparently the first to jump into the water when the Israelites reached the Red Sea.
April 17, 2003 | Richard S. Ginell, Special to The Times
"New Jewish Music From CalArts" was the title of the kickoff event of the Jewish Music Foundation's "Beyond Bim-Bam: New Directions in Jewish Music," a peripatetic festival of concerts and panels culminating in a UCLA Extension symposium on Jewish culture May 4. And well that these festivities should start with a collaboration between the Skirball Cultural Center and CalArts, given the latter's rich, ongoing history at or near the cutting edge of new music.
February 15, 2004 | Mark Swed, Times Staff Writer
In "Tropic of Cancer," Henry Miller recalls a brief Florida sojourn. Hungry and looking for a handout, he dragged himself into a synagogue. The rabbi impressed him, but the music -- "that piercing lamentation of the Jews" -- transfixed him. It's a bit reductive to condense several centuries' worth of music into two words. But Neil W. Levin -- artistic director of the Milken Archive of American Jewish Music, which Naxos is releasing on CD -- is more reductive still.
May 10, 2007 | Mark Swed, Times Staff Writer
DURING a performance of Shostakovich's Piano Trio No. 2 at Walt Disney Concert Hall on Tuesday night, a gentleman nervously, arrhythmically tapped his foot. What with the hall's sensitive acoustics, the percussive intrusion was irritating -- but not inapt. Josef Stalin has been dead 54 years, yet the memory of the "Man of Steel" can still cause involuntary tremors.
November 20, 2006 | Don Heckman, Special to The Times
A few years ago, Israeli keyboardist-composer Idan Raichel came up with an intriguing musical concept: create an ensemble capable of playing music reaching across the spectrum of Jewish culture. It would include not simply the traditional Eastern European material but also songs in Hebrew, Arabic and -- perhaps most interesting -- in the Amharic language of the Ethiopian Jews who, even now, are struggling in their effort to return to the Israeli homeland.
June 16, 2006 | Valerie J. Nelson, Times Staff Writer
Joseph Dorfman, a noted Russian-Israeli composer of new music and a Shostakovich scholar, died June 7 during a concert in Encino marking the centennial of Dmitri Shostakovich's birth. He was 65. Dorfman, who was also a concert pianist, collapsed in the foyer of Valley Beth Shalom temple after performing his tribute to the Russian composer. He died of what appeared to be a heart attack, said Dr. Richard A.
September 18, 2005 | Steve Hochman, Special to The Times
ALLEN TOUSSAINT, one of the architects of New Orleans' storied soul and R&B legacy, is confident about a strong return of his city's musicians after the devastation and diaspora resulting from Hurricane Katrina. "It's on intermission, but it will never leave. Just come back after the break," says Toussaint, whose writing and production credits include Ernie K-Doe's "Mother-in-Law" and LaBelle's "Lady Marmalade." But for the musicians, what will there be to come back to?
February 14, 2005 | Mark Swed
"On the Transmigration of Souls," having already won a Pulitzer Prize for composer John Adams in 2003, has now earned a Grammy classical triple crown. The Nonesuch CD won trophies for best classical album, orchestral performance and contemporary composition. The fact that it movingly commemorates 9/11 victims may, however, have impelled sentimental Grammy voters' knees to jerk.
February 6, 2005 | Harriet Edleson, Special to The Times
It was my first time, and I fell in love. It wasn't love at first sight but it was, indeed, passionate. Let me tell you how it happened. Almost a year ago, I decided to change my diet, not to lose weight but to become closer to God. If this sounds odd, let me explain. I was raised Jewish but not entirely observant. After moving to New York City four years ago, I gradually became not only more interested in my Jewish roots but also more knowledgeable about my religion.
One of the best-kept musical secrets during the normally dry summer months in Ventura County is tucked away, like a rural enclave, in the hills behind Simi Valley. Up in this arid, rolling terrain sits Brandeis-Bardin Institute, the dramatic site for the outdoor concert series truthfully titled "Under the Stars."
December 2, 1989 | MARY HELEN BERG
The surviving manuscripts of the Russian-Jewish composer David Nowakowsky were rescued from the chaos following the Bolshevik revolution, smuggled from Germany on the eve of Kristallnacht, safely stashed during World War II--and then forgotten in the ensuing peace. Nowakowsky (1848-1921), who some called the "Jewish Bach," was choirmaster of the Brody Synagogue in Odessa for 52 years, writing more than 15,000 pieces of classical and liturgical music.
December 2, 2004 | Christine N. Ziemba
Jewish music in America has generally been relegated to the wedding rendition of "Hava Nagila," "Yiddish Radio Project" segments on NPR or the occasional production of "Fiddler on the Roof." But the Makkabees' "Vol. Aleph" -- an album that's in limited release -- is updating traditional Jewish folk songs in ways that Father Abraham couldn't imagine. Forget the clarinets and klezmer: "Vol. Aleph" is Hebrew heavy metal that appeals to Jews and gentiles.
October 10, 2004 | Julia M. Klein, Special to The Times
In the chic Mitte section of what was once East Berlin, international crowds flock to the renovated Hackesche Hofe. The eight linked courtyards, with their brightly glazed Art Nouveau tile work, overflow with restaurants, cafes, art galleries, clothing boutiques, a bicycle shop and a cinema, along with apartments and offices.
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