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  • Benjamin Wallfisch has music in his genes

    By Rick Schultz

    September 10, 2012 | 4:26 pm

    Film composers who venture into the hallowed domain of the concert hall are sometimes greeted with raised eyebrows. Maybe that’s why film-music scholar Jon Burlingame called movie scores a “much-maligned stepchild of 20th-century composition.” Yet for English composer and conductor...

  • Remembering Marvin Hamlisch: One singular sensation… and what he did for love

    August 8, 2012 | 5:16 pm

    It was early 1989, and TV producer Terre Blair called her mother with the exciting news.  “I’m engaged”, she announced.  “I’m getting married to Marvin Hamlisch!”  “Marvin Hamlisch?” the prospective mother-in-law replied.  “You mean the boxer from Las Vegas?” ...

  • Composer Marvin Hamlisch dies at 68

    August 7, 2012 | 10:27 am

    Composer Marvin Hamlisch, who earned critical acclaim and popularity for a prolific output of dozens of motion-picture scores and shows including “The Way We Were,” “The Sting” and “A Chorus Line,” has died in Los Angeles. He was 68.

    Hamlisch collapsed after a brief illness and died...

  • Planned Wagner concert stopped at Tel Aviv U

    June 4, 2012 | 2:48 pm

    Tel Aviv University put a stop to a planned concert of music by German composer Richard Wagner.

    In a letter denying the request to hold the concert in a campus auditorium, the university said that Yonatan Livni, founder of the Israel Wagner Society, concealed the organization’s name...

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  • Let Wagner Be Heard?

    August 26, 2009 | 7:04 pm

    Why is it I simply cannot condone the presentation and celebration of Richard Wagner’s “Ring Cycle” in Los Angeles, arriving with much fanfare this coming spring?

    Because Richard Wagner was an extraordinary musician, and an even more extraordinary anti-Semite. Open his own...

  • Jazzman Frishberg charts own tuneful territory

    By Kirk Silsbee

    August 13, 2008 | 3:16 am

    One of the great joys of L.A. jazz, from the mid-1970s to the mid-'80s, was the blossoming of jazz pianist Dave Frishberg into a singer-songwriter of quirky, yet warmly satisfying, material. His tunes navigated a pathway that sidestepped melodramatic cabaret material on one hand and...

  • Brooks Arthur brings stars’ hearts and humor to ‘Jewish Songbook’ CD

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    June 18, 2008 | 10:27 pm

    The decor in Brooks Arthur's office chronicles what Billboard calls his "career as a behind the scenes superstar of the record industry."

    One photograph depicts Carole King hugging Arthur while working with him after her LP "Tapestry" hit in the 1970s. Nearby is a picture of Bruce...

  • The ‘Chronicles’ of the musical rabbi

    June 12, 2008 | 2:35 pm

    In his mid-50s, after nearly three decades teaching in his native Baltimore at the Peabody Conservatory at Johns Hopkins University -- part of that time as head of the music composition department -- composer-pianist Moshe Cotel decided to become a rabbi.

    He thought he was giving up...

  • Puppet score tugs at Elfman’s heart strings

    By Carvin Knowles

    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...

  • Composer’s hit musical spells success ‘B-E-E’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    May 24, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    William Finn, composer, lyricist and creator of the hit musical, "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee," says his own surname is the result of a misspelling. "When my great-uncle came from Russia, he kept saying he was looking for someone named Fein, so the genius at Ellis...
  • Steve Reich’s non-requiem for Daniel Pearl

    By Gaby Friedman

    January 25, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    When Judea Pearl asked composer Steve Reich to create a piece of music that would commemorate the life of his son, Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, he knew what he did not want the music to be.

    "We did not want it to be a eulogy or a requiem," said Pearl, whose son was...

  • Music lovers get presents for composer Reich’s birthday

    By George Robinson

    October 5, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Sometime in the 1970s, composer Steve Reich found himself looking for spiritual sustenance.
     
    "Like many people in the '60s," he says, "I got involved in Hatha Yoga and Northern Buddhist meditation and Southern Buddhist meditation. It did a lot of good for a high-metabolism New...
  • Holiday tunes for when you haven’t got a prayer

    By George Robinson

    September 21, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    I like work. It fascinates me. I can sit and look at it for hours. -- Jerome K. Jerome
     
    Perhaps it is the intensity of the emotions raised by the liturgy itself. Or the power of worshipping in a sanctuary filled with people. Or the sense that everything is at stake.
     
    I...
  • A friend remembers culture booster John Rauch

    By Rhoda Weisman Uzie

    September 14, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    "When you looked in those deep blue eyes you saw a man with a burning vision," reminisced Israeli composer Ofer Ben-Amots. He was referring to John Rauch, the founder of The Center for Jewish Culture and Creativity, whose recent death at the age of 75 is a blow to the Los Angeles...
  • 7 Days in the Arts

    By Keren Engelberg

    June 29, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Saturday, July 1
    In time for summertime, the Skirball has rekindled its weekly Café Z live music series. Take advantage today, and head down to groove to Elliott Caine Quintet’s Afro-Cuban jazz beats. According to Caine’s Web site, KCRW’s Bo Leibowitz described him as a...

  • 7 Days in The Arts

    By Keren Engelberg

    June 1, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Saturday, June 3

    Left-leaning readers will appreciate tonight’s show featuring political commentary. “Laughing Liberally” is in town for just one night, after a successful February debut at New York City’s Town Hall. Attend to hear comedians/commentators Will Durst, Jim David,...

  • Richard Wagner’s Day of Reckoning

    By Tom Tugend

    June 1, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Was Richard Wagner, Hitler's favorite composer, a classical anti-Semite and proto-Nazi or has conventional assumption given him a bad rap?

    Who better to consider the question than Wagner himself, and he does on his last day on earth in 1883 in an apologia pro su vida addressed to the...

  • Show Celebrates Spectrum of Arlen Songs

    By Tom Tugend

    May 25, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    It'll be nostalgia time at the Ford Amphitheatre when Harold Arlen's greatest tunes come alive again for the concert "The Wonderful Wizard of Song."

    The show's title is a not-so-subtle allusion to "The Wizard of Oz," which featured Arlen's Oscar-winning hit, "Over the Rainbow."

    A...

  • Four Ways to Hear the Days of Awe

    By George Robinson

    September 15, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    The Days of Awe evoke many feelings, but my first thoughts invariably turn to the special music of these days. From the solemn, almost brooding melody of Kol Nidre to the lilting "High Holiday" tune that unifies the music of both Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, there is much in which...

  • Spectator - A Night of Atypical Tunes

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 11, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    "I like representing the underdog," said Noreen Green, founder of the Los Angeles Jewish Symphony.

    Which is why her Aug. 21 concert feting 350 years of American Jewish life will not spotlight famous composers such as George Gershwin, Leonard Bernstein and Aaron Copland.

    "People can...

  • Shoah-Era Music ‘Silenced’ No More

    By Tom Tugend

    October 14, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The music of a lost generation of Jewish composers will come to life when the Los Angeles Philharmonic presents "Silenced Voices," a series of concerts, operas and panel discussions, from Oct. 19 to Nov. 9.

    While mainly honoring the composers who were persecuted or perished during...

  • Music Man Silenced at 82

    By Jewish Journal Staff

    August 26, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Film composer Elmer Bernstein, who died last week at the age of 82, was born in New York, the son of immigrants from Ukraine and the Austro-Hungarian empire. After being blacklisted during the McCarthy era he came back to pen such classic scores as "To Kill a Mockingbird," "The Man...

  • Our Favorite Jerry Goldsmith Story

    By Journal Report

    July 29, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Film composer Jerry Goldsmith, died July 21, age 75. The following is excerpted from a 1997 interview with The Jewish Journal.

    "In the score for 'First Knight,' the final battle scene was temp-tracked with the ubiquitous 'Carmina Burana.' The director said, 'We've got to have a...

  • Orthodox Mother Opens New Opera

    By Ellen Jaffe-Gill

    September 4, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    File under Incongruities, Major: One of the latest luminaries in the world of grand opera is an Orthodox mother of four from Brooklyn.

    In the male-dominated world of opera composition, Deborah Drattell is a rarity, but from childhood she never doubted she would excel in the world of...

  • 7 Days In Arts

    April 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Saturday


    L'Chaim Theatre of USC goes about reshaping Shylock this week with "The Merchant." The modern retelling of Shakespeare's "The Merchant of Venice" takes place in 1932's post-Weimar Republic Germany. Alan Blumenfeld (who played Shylock in the Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum's...

  • A New Voice for Jewish Music

    By Ellen Jaffe-Gill

    March 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    When Dr. Richard Braun started hanging out with his temple's organist in the late '60s, he probably didn't think he'd become a player in the evolution of synagogue music.

    But the Valley doctor's 30-year friendship with composer Aminadav Aloni was the nucleus of the Jewish Music...

  • Composer’s Score Has a Unique ‘Ring’

    By Carvin Knowles

    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....

  • A Song for Daniel

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 26, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    The call from Grant Gershon, the conductor of the Los Angeles Master Chorale, stunned Sharon Farber.

    Last month, Farber, an Israeli-born composer, mailed Gershon her piece, "Mother's Lament," inspired by the abduction and murder of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl. Farber --...

  • Arnold, ‘Moses und Aron’

    By Tom Tugend

    December 6, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Los Angeles largely ignored Arnold Schoenberg, arguably the most influential and controversial composer of the 20th century, when he labored at USC and UCLA during the last 17 years of his life.

    As if to make up for the slight, the city's musical and cultural institutions will...

  • Wagner Soap Opera

    By Eric Silver

    July 12, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    It was meant to be the "not Wagner" concert: Daniel Barenboim, the pride of Israeli music-lovers, conducting his Berlin orchestra, the Staatskapelle, on the last night of this year's Israel Festival. Little did we know.

    The festival had originally announced that the orchestra would...

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