Music

Lithuania to co-operate over Vilna Gaon grave site

By Simon Rocker, May 1, 2015

Lithuania is to erect a monument to mark the site of a historic Jewish cemetery that was once the resting place of the Vilna Gaon.

Representatives of the London-based Committee of the Preservation of Jewish Cemeteries recently met Lithuanian Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevicius to discuss the future of the old Shnipishok cemetery.

The Gaon, Elijah ben Solomon Zalman, acknowledged as one of th

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Zubin Mehta: ‘Israel has lost Europe. Now it is losing America’

By Amit Slonim - translated by Shira Rubin, April 16, 2015

They stand on ladders, sweating. A group of young artists, armed with brushes and paints, are refurbishing the mural on the western side of the Haychal Hatarbut - the culture hall - in Tel Aviv.

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Gilad Atzmon concert in Manchester cancelled after protests

By Josh Jackman, March 3, 2015

A concert by antisemitic jazz musician Gilad Atzmon has been cancelled following protests from the Jewish community.

Mr Atzmon, an Israeli who has challenged Holocaust denial legislation and whose book The Wandering Who about Jewish identity was widely condemned as racist, had been scheduled to play at Manchester’s Royal Northern College of Music on Thursday.

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How chutzpah landed a superstar for charity

By Naomi Firsht, February 19, 2015

From the moment Hannah Shabathai became president of the charity "Save a Child's Heart", in Switzerland, the seed of an idea grew in her mind: a way to combine her two passions, SACH and music; a concert with world-class pianist Evgeny Kissin. The retired United Nations worker is a lifelong fan of the musician, having studied piano herself for 15 years at the Geneva Music Academy.

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Lecha Dodi performed to the tune of John Legend's 'All Of Me'

By Sandy Rashty, February 19, 2015

Watch musicians Refael Mirila and Asaf Flumendorf perform Lecha Dodi lyrics to the tune of John Legend's award-winning All Of Me at Lauderdale House in north London.

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Bryn Terfel on singing Tevye: 'I've always felt the character is in my blood'

By Paul Lester, February 12, 2015

It is one of the quintessential Jewish roles of musical theatre — Tevye, in Fiddler On The Roof — and, this summer, for a season at the Grange Park Opera in Hampshire, the part of the impoverished milkman in pre-revolutionary Russia is being played by Bryn Terfel, the world-renowned opera singer, who is a) manifestly Welsh and b) not remotely Jewish.

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Happy 70th Birthday Bob Marley! Israelis cover 'Could you be loved'

By Sandy Rashty, January 26, 2015

Ahead of Bob Marley's birthday next Friday (February 6), these Israelis have covered his well-known jam Could you be loved .

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The day Maxim Vengerov played at our synagogue

December 26, 2014

World renowned violinist Maxim Vengerov played a supporting role when he performed at Belsize Square Synagogue in north London last week.

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Happy Chanucah from the Maccabeats: 'All About That Neis'

By Sandy Rashty, December 16, 2014
American group The Maccabeats are back with All About That Neis - a parody of All About That Bass by Meghan Trainor.

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