Music

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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The Olympic orchestra born on YouTube

By Jessica Duchen, July 19, 2012

The Aldeburgh Festival, based in Benjamin Britten’s home town on the Suffolk coast, is an annual highlight of the UK’s classical music calendar. Less attention, though, is generally focused on the year-round activities that take place at its Snape Maltings concert hall and the surrounding complex of studios.

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Hip-hop mogul attacked by ADL for 'ugly' comments in Jerusalem

By Josh Jackman, June 22, 2012

The national director of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has reacted angrily to the hip-hop record chief Russell Simmons’s accusation that his behaviour towards African-Americans was similar to that of Louis Farrakhan’s towards Jews.

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Wrong notes in Wagner musical drama

By Norman Lebrecht, June 21, 2012

The latest attempt to perform Richard Wagner’s music in Israel has ended in farce, deceit and discredit to art and nation. A concert arranged by the Israeli Wagner Society at Tel Aviv University was banned after the university governors claimed the organisers concealed their identity when booking.

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