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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...

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  • 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...

  • Israeli Philharmonic’s storied history

    October 24, 2012 | 2:00 pm

    The storied Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, founded as the Palestine Symphony Orchestra 12 years before the rebirth of the Jewish state, and its music-director-for-life Zubin Mehta, will join in concert on Oct. 30 at Disney Hall.

    The event marks the final stop in a five-day...

  • Wallflowers ‘Glad All Over’ to Be Back in L.A.

    by Michael Aushenker

    October 19, 2012 | 2:46 pm

    “Unless I’m crazy, we played this song the last time we were here,” singer/songwriter Jakob Dylan told a packed audience mid-show at the Henry Fonda Theatre.

    With that, Dylan’s freshly reunited band, the Wallflowers, plunged into the band’s biggest hit to date, the haunting,...

  • The Red Hot Chili Peppers heat up the Holyland

    by Karen Springer and Oren Kessler

    October 4, 2012 | 12:14 pm

    The Red Hot Chili Peppers made their first visit to Israel on Sept. 10, but the band member who stole the show wasn’t even onstage. Hillel Slovak – the group’s Israeli-American guitarist and co-founder – died tragically of a heroin overdose in 1988, but his presence was felt...

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