You Should Know…Ronen Landa

As a music composer for films, Ronen Landa has made people scream, laugh and cry, all thanks to the sounds he creates. The 34-year-old Potomac native has scored a number of films of varying genres – including the romantic drama Divergence, the coming-of-age international drama Festival of Lights and, most recently, the supernatural horror flick… Read More

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.