Kinky the irreverent

When singer-songwriter-raconteur-flame throwing humorist Kinky Friedman takes the stage at the Washington Jewish Music Festival on June 11, one thing he won’t be is the Democratic nominee for Texas agriculture commissioner. Friedman – country music outlaw, mystery writer, purveyor of cigars and tequila, professional incorrigible — lost a runoff election on May 27. He came… Read More

Classical rockers

Israel has its share of international rock stars: Idan Raichel, David Broza, Noa, Rita, Rami. Sure they’ve traveled the world, hung platinum albums on their walls and achieved fame far and wide, but none has the longevity, grandeur and unadulterated popularity as Israel’s original “rock star” orchestra: the Israel Philharmonic. On Sunday, the Israel Phil… Read More

Bach, deeply

“The first keyboard piece of Bach that I remember hearing were his Inventions,” renowned New York pianist Simone Dinnerstein wrote recently. She talked about how impossibly expressive and virtuosic the music sounded, noting it was “wholly beyond my abilities” as a young music student on the cusp of being a teen. On Sunday, Dinnerstein will… Read More

Mark Cohen on Allan Sherman

“So he did something very important, and I think we’re still living in the Allan Sherman moment. He helped to invent the American Jewish personality that we see everywhere today,” biographer Mark Cohen says.

Yizkor Requiem combines moving liturgical traditions

There are many stunning moments of Jewish and Christian confluence to hear in Thomas Beveridge’s “Yizkor Requiem,” his hour-long piece for chorus and orchestra that builds bridges between two liturgical and spiritual traditions — Judaism and Christianity, as its very title suggests. Yizkor is, of course, the memorial service for the dead and the practice… Read More