Jewish Journal

Carvin Knowles

  • Puppet score tugs at Elfman’s heart strings

    September 20, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Danny Elfman loves Halloween. You can hear it in his music for "Tim Burton's The Corpse Bride" and "Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas" and in dozens of his other film scores, including "Sleepy Hollow," "Edward Scissorhands" and "Beetlejuice."

    His newest contribution to...

  • No ordinary orchestra—in war and in peace, the Israel Philharmonic plays on

    January 25, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    If it were a novel, no one would believe the 70-year saga of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, with its astonishing cast of famous characters, including Leonard Bernstein, Arturo Toscanini and Albert Einstein. But it's all true. It's a history ripe for Hollywood: An orchestra that...
  • Keys to harmony—practice, practice, practice!

    January 25, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    You would expect the backstage cacophony of voices to be energetic in Tel Aviv, but on this day the babble is louder than ever, the energy more frenetic. The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra is taking a brief break from rehearsing at its home in the Mann Auditorium, preparing for its...
  • Coast-to-coast U.S. tour trumpets Philharmonic anniversary

    January 25, 2007 | 3:00 pm

    Since the festivities kicked off in mid-December with a series of concerts in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and Haifa, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra has been celebrating its 70th anniversary in style, hosting appearances by many of the orchestra's friends from over the years.


  • Vienna Glories in Past and Present

    January 19, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Sixty years after the end of World War II, Vienna has reclaimed its roots as a city of culture. Not the culture of stoic monuments to faded glory or landmarks illuminated by historical plaques, but in a living, breathing, heart-still-pumping way. Grand-yet-graceful music, art and...

  • Curtain Rises on Mozart’s Jewish Tie

    January 19, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    On Jan. 27, Austria is marking the 250th birthday of its favorite son, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. In honor of this sesquibicentennial, the city of Vienna is planning an impressive program of more than 1,000 events, including 350 public concerts and performances of the composer's operas...

  • Composer’s Score Has a Unique ‘Ring’

    December 12, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Nineteenth century composer and notorious anti-Semite Richard Wagner believed that a Jewish composer could never successfully treat serious mythical subject matter in music. But Wagner never anticipated Howard Shore.

    Shore does mythologize music successfully -- for the second time....

  • Groovy Kitsch

    December 14, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Usually when someone claims to have recorded "modern" versions of traditional Jewish music, the results are too cheesy to describe. So I was pretty skeptical when "Let My People Go-Go" by the artist formerly known as Zoom Golly landed on my desk.

    I popped it into the player just...

  • Los Angeles Jewish Symphony Premieres New Work

    April 13, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    On Sun., April 16, the Los Angeles Jewish Symphony under the direction of Noreen Green will premiere "The Women of Valor," a new oratorio by Philadelphia-based composer Andrea Clearfield at UCLA's Royce Hall. The new work will be narrated by actress Valerie Harper and feature...
  • Flash! Handel’s Chanukah Oratorio in Yiddish

    November 25, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    This year the December dilemma got just a little easier, thanks to George Frederick Handel and the Los Angeles Jewish Symphony with help from the late, great Max Helfmann.

    In a concert entitled "The Light of Helfman-Generations of Music from the Brandeis-Bardin Institute", which...

  • L.A. Becomes Eclectic

    October 7, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    "The World Festival of Sacred Music--The Americas," a 9-day multicultural program initiated by his holiness the Dalai Lama, kicks off this weekend with a mind-boggling schedule of over eighty concerts and "musical happenings" that cover an eclectic range of styles and ethnicities of...
  • Middle East Peace Through Music

    October 7, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Can music be a catalyst for peace in the Middle East? His Holiness the Dalai Lama thinks so, and he's not alone. An A-list of Jewish and Arab musicians and music experts are lending their support to "The World Festival of Sacred Music-The Americas," the Dalai Lama's mammoth concert...
  • Taste of KlezMex

    July 15, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    In spite of thunder, lightning, pouring rain and occasional gusts of unchecked sentimentalism, the Viva Klezmer-L'Khayim Mariachi concert at the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre on Sunday, July 11, was a high-energy, crowd-pleaser that mostly delivered on its promise to explore the...

  • Notes from a Master

    December 10, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    With the release of "Star Trek: Insurrection," composer Jerry Goldsmith has completed his fourth orchestral score for a "Star Trek" feature film. During the past 35 years, the composer has written some of the most memorable film and television music ever. His 100-plus film scores are...
  • The Movies’ Music Man

    April 2, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Composer Elmer Bernstein . Photo by Peter Halmagyi


    The list of films for which Elmer Bernstein haswritten orchestral scores reads like a roll call of cinema's all-timeclassics: "The Ten Commandments," "The Age of Innocence," "TheMagnificent Seven," "Ghostbusters," "To Kill A...