Music

How Sir Cliff Richard held court in Israel

By Shira Rubin, July 11, 2013

A tennis ball whizzed past Sir Cliff Richard so fast the crowd could almost hear it.

Rather than disappointment at missing the ball, however, a look of happy surprise spread across his face.

For this was a special opponent — a 12-year-old tennis champion at Nazareth’s YMCA — and these games carried a special mission: to promote co-existence between Jews and Arabs.

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Bacharach so pleased to be on song in Israel after 53-year gap

By Gil Karpas, July 5, 2013

Still touring at 85, Burt Bacharach completes a run of British concerts at London’s Royal Festival Hall on Sunday, having played in Israel on Tuesday to adoring fans at the Shuni Ampitheatre in Binyamina.

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Leonard Cohen moves concert after Jewish Chronicle story

By Jennifer Lipman, July 4, 2013

Could it be that Leonard Cohen is planning to mark the high holy days in the traditional manner this year?

To the delight of his Jewish fans, and in a decision that would no doubt have pleased his talmudic scholar grandfather, the Canadian star has changed the date of his upcoming London concert so that it no longer clashes with Yom Kippur.

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Leonard Cohen fans upset over Yom Kippur O2 gig

By Jennifer Lipman, June 28, 2013

Hallelujah may be Leonard Cohen’s most famous song but it hardly describes the current mood of the legendary Canadian singer’s Jewish fans.

They are down in the dumps over news that the Jewish-born star’s concert in London has been scheduled for September 14 — the day of Yom Kippur.

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Why conductors from Israel are leading the way

By Jessica Duchen, June 28, 2013

Twenty-four-year-old Israeli, Lahav Shani, has won the prestigious Gustav Mahler Conducting Competition in Bamberg, Germany, which launched the career of Los Angeles Philharmonic music director Gustavo Dudamel, the victor in 2004.

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Israeli acts geared up for Glastonbury

By Marcus Dysch, June 27, 2013

Four Israeli groups will perform at Glastonbury this weekend, becoming the first musical acts from the country to appear at the festival.

A collective, Saz, Ester Rada and 3421 are due to play 10 separate gigs during the five-day event.

Former JC reporter-turned-Brit-Award-nominee Jessie Ware will also be singing.

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Sting to perform in Auschwitz

By Sandy Rashty, June 18, 2013

British pop icon Sting is set to perform as the guest of honour at the annual Auschwitz peace festival this month.

The Life Festival, which is supported by human rights organisation Amnesty International, will also showcase educational exhibitions on human rights issues.

Sting, real name Gordon Sumner, has previously performed in Tel Aviv and also collaborated on songs for Palestine.

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German jazz band Weintraub Syncopators played way to safety

By Jenni Frazer, June 14, 2013

“In memory,” read the dedication, “of the German jazz band, The Weintraub Syncopators, Berlin 1924-Sydney 1942: Stefan Weintraub, Heinz Barger, Addy Fisher, Emanuel Fisher, Horst Graff, John Kaiser, Cyril Schulvater, Leo Weiss”.

Since the dedication was in a concert programme for the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, there was a natural curiosity: who were the Weintraub Syncopators?

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For sale, Amy Winehouse’s dress. Yours for £25,000

By Jennifer Lipman, June 13, 2013

A rare poster advertising an evening with Harry Houdini, the programme from Bob Dylan’s first professional concert and a dress worn by Amy Winehouse are to go on display at Christie’s in London.

The South Kensington auction house is marking 120 years of popular culture with a five-day public exhibition and sale of valuable memorabilia.

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Burt showing off his six-pack

By Paul Lester, June 13, 2013

There aren’t many composers, American or British, who could support a six-CD box set of their work, but Burt Bacharach — who has just turned 85 and is due to perform in Israel for the first time in July — is one such giant of post-war song. The last major collection of his music was The Look Of Love, a mere three-CD affair from 1998.

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