Music

Drake — the rap star who performs at barmitzvahs

By Paul Lester, July 26, 2012

Aubrey Drake Graham, better known as Drake, is one of the world's most successful performers, and without doubt the most popular Jewish rapper/singer - his father, Dennis Graham, is an African-American musician from Memphis, but his mother, Sandi, is a Jewish Canadian.

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Opera: Verdi's Otello

By Stephen Pollard, July 20, 2012

I have been spoilt by Carlos Kleiber. Nearly two decades ago, I heard him conduct Verdi’s Otello at the Royal Opera House and I know that, as long as I live, I will never hear anything that compares. The opening storm he conjured up (and yes, it was magic), when he made the orchestra sound as if the earth was opening up, was something beyond music.

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The Chief Rabbi's House of Lords tribute to the Queen

By Lord Jonathan Sacks, May 31, 2012

Many tributes have been and will be rightly paid to Her Majesty for the six decades of her sustained and dedicated service to the nation, but one in particular should not be forgotten.

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Opera: Falstaff is a Royal Opera House must-see

By Stephen Pollard, May 18, 2012

If I could give this new production of Falstaff 50 stars, I would. Verdi’s last opera is as close to perfection as music gets, and Robert Carsen’s 1950s update does it justice. Carsen clearly loves Falstaff and wants only to share that love with the audience.

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I'm out of tune with modern ways

May 10, 2012

Sadly, There are very few opportunities for lovers of choral music to attend recitals on a Saturday morning, but at least we Jews have a viable alternative to offer: the nearest Reform or Liberal synagogue.

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Talented musical youth tune up for Emunah's big final

By Jessica Elgot, February 23, 2012

Promising jewish musicians seem to be getting younger and younger.

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Interview: Avi Avital

By James Inverne, February 16, 2012

The unusual, apparently, is in fashion. At least when it comes to classical music. In the past few years, we have seen the classical charts topped by Bach's Goldberg Variations played on a harp; a flamboyant young American organist given to playing the keys with his feet; and, in Milos Karadglic, the long-awaited return of the star classical guitarist.

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Randy Newman: 'If I could have written more hits, I would have'

By Paul Lester, February 2, 2012

Maybe it is his status as one of America's foremost songwriters, the one to whom other acclaimed tunesmiths defer. Perhaps it is the forbiddingly acerbic nature of his songs.

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Michael Tilson Thomas: The maestro inspired by Yiddishkeit

By Jessica Duchen, January 19, 2012

If you ever imagined that the conductor Michael Tilson Thomas might be Welsh, think again.

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Israel's orchestra celebrates but sounds a note of caution

By Jenni Frazer, January 12, 2012

It was, in the end, left to the long-time music director of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Zubin Mehta, to put his finger on what was being celebrated.

On a cool, clear night in Tel Aviv last month, Maestro Mehta, himself celebrating 50 years with the IPO, led hundreds of international patrons and well-wishers in a rousing chorus of "Happy Birthday, dear Philharmonic", as the orchestra mark

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