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  • Preminger retrospective to showcase his cinematic art

    By George Robinson

    January 10, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    At the height of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Dr. Markus Preminger, a brilliant young lawyer, was offered the position of chief prosecutor, an honor never bestowed on a Jewish attorney. There was only one catch: He had to convert to Catholicism. He refused and got the appointment...
  • 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...
  • Now hear this: cool Jewish music

    By George Robinson

    September 21, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    The second annual Jewish Music Awards were given out on Sept. 11, before a sparse but enthusiastic crowd at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York.
     
    It was a big night for Pharoah's Daughter, with the band winning awards as Best Middle Eastern Blend and Best World Music Group....
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  • 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...

  • Bittersweet Music

    By George Robinson

    March 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Despite its air of celebration, Passover is a bittersweet remembrance, one in which the joy of liberation is marked by the pain of recollection of what we were liberated from and what we lost on the way from Egypt to Eretz Yisrael. Our seder liturgy reflects that ambivalence,...

  • Sephardic and Ladino Music

    By George Robinson

    June 29, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Given that the first Jews to arrive in what became the United States were Sephardim on the run from the Inquisition's Brazilian representatives, it is ironic that the music of the Sephardic Jews gets so little attention here.

    Not everyone is a party to that neglect. Simon Rutberg of...

  • Coming Attractions

    By George Robinson

    March 23, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    If the mark of a fully matured film industry is that directors have logged enough time behind the camera that one can spot personal styles emerging over several films, then this year's Israel Film Festival proves that the Israelis have definitely reached that plateau. With Eran...
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