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  • Saying ‘Allen Ginsberg’s Kaddish’ at UCLA

    by Jonathan Maseng, Contributing Writer

    April 10, 2013 | 7:21 am

    For most Jews, the word Kaddish evokes images of loss, mourning, death. But for Hal Willner, “Kaddish” is a spoken-word piece — some would call it poetry — by Allen Ginsberg that evokes a very different image: family.

    Willner, a record and concert producer, and the music...

  • Matt Haimovitz: Global yet grounded

    By Rick Schultz

    March 20, 2013 | 7:05 am

    Speaking by phone from Montreal, Israeli-born cellist Matt Haimovitz revealed that he’s a great admirer of the American singer Nina Simone. Looking at his life and career, one can easily see why. Like Simone, Haimovitz is admired for his solid classical grounding, eclecticism,...

  • HaZamir Los Angeles members make their voices heard

    by Evan Henerson, Contributing Writer

    March 13, 2013 | 6:17 am

    After facing down a formidable Milken Community High School sound system and the best vocal efforts of the knights of “Monty Python’s Spamalot,” who inadvertently “crashed” a recent rehearsal, the feat of harmonizing with 250 singers during a pair of sold-out concerts at New York...

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  • Vienna Philharmonic acknowledges honoring Nazi war criminal

    by Georgina Prodhan, Reuters

    March 11, 2013 | 6:37 am

    The famed Vienna Philharmonic has acknowledged that many of its musicians were Nazi party members during Hitler's rule and that its director may have delivered a prestigious orchestra award to a Nazi war criminal two decades after the end of World War Two.

    The orchestra, which...

  • ‘Hebrew Melodies’ all in the Shaham family

    By Rick Schultz

    February 20, 2013 | 9:56 am

    Gil Shaham does his most eloquent speaking with his violin, but as a recent interview by phone from his home in New York revealed, he’s not a bad singer either. 

    Over the course of an hour, Shaham rendered in a soft baritone voice memorable snippets from Prokofiev’s Violin...

  • Flexibility is key to Israeli Chamber Project

    by Evan Henerson, Contributing Writer

    November 28, 2012 | 4:07 pm

    It takes more than a lineup substitution — even a major lineup substitution — to rattle the Israeli Chamber Project (ICP). The circumstances that will bring the company —  which offers a rotating roster of musicians from Israel and elsewhere — to make its Southland debut on Nov. 30...

  • Cellist Weilerstein brings worldly depth to SoCal stages

    By Rick Schultz

    November 21, 2012 | 1:40 pm

    Cellist Alisa Weilerstein grew up in a thriving Jewish community in Cleveland, where before she became a bat mitzvah, she had already made her debut at age 13 with the Cleveland Orchestra. 

    Now 30, Weilerstein is the first cellist in more than 30 years to be signed to an...

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