Jewish Journal

  • Elias and Company

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    June 3, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    You may know Jonathan Elias as the guy who composed the music to Chaplin and 9 1/2 Weeks. Or most of the songs on the Yes album, Union. Or the ditty to the original MTV promo, the one where the astronaut plants the MTV flag on the moon.

    So it may come as a surprise that Elias' latest...

  • Orna’s Jazzy Ways

    By Michael Aushenker

    May 20, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Nocturnal in black, with an aura of cool magnified by her sexy South African accent, Orna sweeps through a set of jazz standards before a restaurant packed with twentysomething peers. Whether burning through "Fever" or coasting through "The Island" in Portuguese, the singer ensnares...
  • The Return of Poogy

    May 13, 1999 | 7:59 pm

    The fabled Poogy, Israel's most celebrated rock band, is reuniting in the United States next month for a three-city tour, billed as their "final reunion." It's worth watching the reviews to see how they're received. The results will offer data on the state of Jewish identity and...
  • A Note of Appreciation

    By Michael Aushenker

    April 29, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Charles Feldman remembers Los Angeles as a city burgeoning with new synagogues but not a lot of innovative liturgical music at the time he began his career.

    "There were very few people in the city who were major Jewish musicians at the time. I was a kid going into a field wide open,"...

  • Noa’s Universal Appeal

    By Orit Arfa

    April 22, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    When Achinoam Nini was growing up in the Bronx with her Yemenite-Israeli parents, her different name, exotic looks and diverse heritage made her feel out of place among her schoolmates. Now the qualities that alienated her as a child give her good cause to say to them, "I knew you...
  • The Day the Music Stopped

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    March 11, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    On a warm summer day last year, Marc Alexander stood before a plaque on the old apartment building at 49 Smoke Street in Berlin, thinking of his grandfather.

    The plaque announced that here, in a garret flat in 1927, a drama student conducted auditions for what would become the sassy...

  • Full Circle

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    December 10, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    "Phantom," "Les Mis," and now... "Masada: The Musical."

    "Masada" is based on the mass suicide of 967 Jews who preferred death to enslavement by the Romans who had held their desert mountaintop fortress under siege.

    Creator Shuki Levy isn't your typical Broadway composer. He's a former...

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