Music

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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It’s not over until the last chazan sings

By Simon Rocker, June 9, 2013

It’s a summer evening and the congregation is getting ready for the Kabbalat Shabbat service, the welcoming of the Sabbath, on Friday. Someone taps out a beat on a tabla drum, a guitarist tunes his strings, another person takes a flute from a case.

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Streisand’s kid sister is happy as one of Kind

By Barbra Paskin, May 30, 2013

Roslyn Kind looks unsettled. We are hovering in the lounge of the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles trying to find a quiet table in the midst of a sea of chatter. We go over to one empty table, test it for sound. “Too loud, we won’t be able to hear ourselves talk,” Kind says and we move across the room and try out another. This is better. Less noise.

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Time to make an impression on Britain's Got Talent and The Voice

By Sandy Rashty, May 30, 2013

She has taken on Stacey Solomon, Katie Price and Cheryl Cole. Now, celebrity impressionist Francine Lewis is hoping to win over the public on the live semi-final of ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent show this weekend.

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Arab anger as BDS targets their festival

By Ben Hartman, May 17, 2013

The Palestinian and Jordanian organisers of a music festival in the Golan Heights have spoken out against a Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign that is targeting their event.

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