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  • Alice Herz-Sommer, oldest known Holocaust survivor, dies at 110

    February 23, 2014 | 8:59 pm

    Alice Herz-Sommer, the 110-year-old Holocaust survivor and concert pianist whose life was the subject of an Oscar-nominated documentary, has died.

    Herz-Sommer, who was believed to be the oldest Holocaust survivor and was still playing the piano, died Sunday morning in London.

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  • At 110, holocaust survivor finds sustenance in music

    By Tom Tugend

    February 7, 2014 | 10:34 am

    During her lifespan of 110 years, Alice Herz-Sommer has been an accomplished concert pianist, teacher, prisoner in Theresienstadt, wife and mother, and now she is the star of an Oscar-nominated documentary.

    Even more remarkable has been her indomitable optimism, cheerfulness and...

  • Technique, sensitivity the keys to pianist Bronfman’s success

    By Rick Schultz

    July 25, 2012 | 11:45 am

    When Yefim Bronfman performs Brahms’ Second Piano Concerto with conductor Lionel Bringuier and the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl on July 31, he will be tackling what is known as a real “finger buster,” a term used for a work that is awkwardly conceived for a...

  • Edan Pinchot on America’s Got Talent [VIDEO]

    By JewishJournal.com

    June 6, 2012 | 11:05 am

    Young Jewish singer and pianist Edan Pinchot gives a stellar performance on America’s Got Talent.

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  • Amy Chua a.k.a The Tiger Mother Got It Right!

    By Julia Bendis

    May 3, 2011 | 11:28 am

    When I first heard about Amy Chua, the self-professed Chinese Tiger Mother, I didn’t understand what all the hype, the drama and the hatred was about.  After reading more about her and her parenting memoir “Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother”, I couldn’t help but like her even more!

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  • 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...

  • Botox-aided pianist: Oscar documentary nod a ‘gas’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    February 8, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Leon Fleischer was 37 and considered among the world's top pianists when he noticed the sluggishness in his right hand in 1963. Over several months, his fourth and fifth fingers progressively curled under, requiring an enormous effort to extend them.

    At the time, the pianist was...

  • 7 Days in The Arts

    By Keren Engelberg

    April 27, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Saturday, April 29

    Sure, they’re renown writers, but it seems what everyone really wants to be is a rockstar. Columnist Dave Barry, novelists Stephen King, Mitch Albom and Amy Tan and cartoonist Matt Groening, among other artists known for their literary talents, went so far as...

  • Classical Musicians’ Volume Decreases

    By Beverly Gray

    March 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    The conductor raises his baton. On cue, 73 young musicians launch into a heartfelt rendition of "Sabbath Fantasies," a piece that weaves together snatches of Jewish liturgy and folk tunes.

    This is the Los Angeles Youth Orchestra (LAYO), a 6-year-old ensemble sponsored by Stephen S....

  • Spectator - Sweet Music Amid Turmoil

    By Tom Tugend

    October 20, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Those who have followed the documentaries produced by the Simon Wiesenthal Center know what to expect: Films like "Genocide," "Liberation" and "In Search of Peace" that hit you right between the eyes and in the solar plexus.

    Thus, it is more the surprise that its Moriah Films...

  • Sing Us a Song, Israel’s Piano Man

    By Amy Klein

    November 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    One hot summer night in 1997, under the starry desert sky at Masada mountaintop in Israel, I fell in love with Rami Kleinstein.

    "Get yourself some apples and dates/sweeten up your days/He's not worth the pain/that rattles your heart."

    I felt as if Rami was singing directly to me,...

  • Holocaust Reflections

    By Rabbi Baruch Cohon

    May 10, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    The Los Angeles Jewish Symphony (LAJS) needs a concert hall. It has an outstanding conductor in Dr. Noreen Green, talented and accomplished musicians, and a loyal following. I've heard LAJS perform with increasing brilliance at venues, including the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza,...