Music

Idina Menzel: Streisand, Hamlisch and me

By Brigit Grant, October 4, 2012

As she waits in the wings at London’s Apollo Theatre on Monday night, Idina Menzel will be a little more anxious than usual. Not about her performance, for the Tony-award winning star of Wicked is more at home on the stage than anywhere else and never fails to bring a rapturous audience to their feet. But this UK tour is different because she is doing it without Marvin.

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Composer inspired by Jewish headstone inscriptions

By Sandy Rashty, September 28, 2012

A British composer has composed an hour-long requiem featuring inscriptions from Jewish gravestones in London — and playwright Sir Arnold Wesker, singing.

Benjamin Till, 38, said he was inspired to create the London Requiem after he was moved by an inscription on the gravestone of a Jewish doctor buried in Highgate cemetery.

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George Solti: celebrating a virtuoso

By Jessica Duchen, September 27, 2012

Sir Georg Solti, one of the 20th century’s greatest conductors, was born 100 years ago, on 21 October 1912. Now major celebrations are getting underway around the world to mark his centenary.

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Matisyahu to give exclusive UJS concert

By Marcus Dysch, September 13, 2012

Rap star Matisyahu will perform an exclusive concert for Jewish students in London later this year.

The American rapper, who shocked fans by shaving off his beard and apparently rejecting his Chasidic beliefs, has been signed up by the Union of Jewish Students.

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Itzhak Perlman’s chicken soup for the ear

By Jenni Frazer, August 30, 2012

One event we are guaranteed not to see: the families of superstar violinist Itzhak Perlman and that of the equally starry cantor, Yitzchak Helfgot, on stage together.

For despite the free-flowing musicality that runs through both families — four of Perlman’s five children are professional musicians — neither man seems disposed to have their children follow directly in their footsteps.

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Jessie Ware - Running

August 24, 2012

Former JC intern Jessie Ware's single Running

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Yefim Bronfman, an Olympian of the piano

By Jessica Duchen, August 23, 2012

Yefim Bronfman is a heavyweight virtuoso: a force of nature, whose fame has spread beyond musical circles. He even makes an appearance in Philip Roth’s The Human Stain, with the author describing him as “Bronfman the Brontosaur” and “Mr Fortissimo”.

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Jessie Ware reveals her secret ambition

By Marcus Dysch, August 23, 2012

When a young intern arrived at the JC offices looking for a career in journalism, no-one knew she had a secret ambition — to be the one we were writing about.

Four years on the 26-year-old has got her wish, and in a way no-one could have imagined.

Jessie Ware, the young graduate cutting her teeth as a web reporter, looks set to become Britain’s next big pop star.

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Me, my piano and partying with Hugh Grant and Tom Cruise

By Simon Round, July 27, 2012

Great business ideas can come to people in a number of different ways. Sarah Balfour had hers when she was playing the piano for Hugh Grant.

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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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