I spoke to the Grammy-winning hip-hop singer and violinist Miri Ben-Ari a few minutes ago, just as the Israeli-born artist was about to take the stage at Boston Symphony Hall to perform for President Barack Obama and a sold-out crowd of 1,800 viewers at an Obama Victory Fund 2012...
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If you ask 35-year-old violinist Daniel Hope about his Jewish heritage, make sure you have time. It’s a complicated question.
“On my mother’s side was an incredibly Orthodox Jewish family that goes back to the first rabbi of Potsdam,” he said during a recent late-night cell...
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Although he doesn't exactly think of it this way, Joshua Bell is the latest in a long line of Jewish violin-playing aristocracy.
His teacher was Joseph Gingold, and as Bell fondly recalled him, "He was a Russian Jewish violinist. He had an incredible joy for the violin that rubbed...
August 31, 2006 | 8:00 pm
Perusing the hot R & B/Rap Billboard charts, one does not expect to see a red-headed Israeli artist -- replete with a classic "Jewfro" mop of curls -- represented by the No. 3 song. Then again, one does not expect that spot to be filled by a violin-dominated musical number with no...
January 6, 2005 | 7:00 pm
The Workmen's Circle focuses inward with the opening of its latest exhibit, "A Jewish Portrait Gallery." The group show is filled with Jewish portraits with the intent of begging questions like, "How does a Jew look?" "How does a Jew see the world?" and "How does a Jewish...
January 15, 2004 | 7:00 pm
The great violinist, Itzhak Perlman, suffered from polio as a child and ever since has been in a wheelchair. On one occasion, while performing a violin concerto, one of the strings broke. It occurred in the very first movement with an audible ping. Everyone waited to see what he...
March 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm
Janet Williams, a past president of City of Hope's auxiliaryÂ division, Gems of Hope, died on Feb. 9, 2003. She was 84.
Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Williams attended the same grammar school as her husband, Bernard. Her sister, Roslyn, and Bernie were in the same class....