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‘Refugee’ violinist blends Russian-Jewish roots with modern tones

Yevgeny Kutik’s family fled the USSR’s institutionalized anti-Semitism with a suitcase of sheet music when he was 5. Now he tours the free world with a century-old violin By Matt Lebovic BOSTON — As a 5-year old refugee from the former Soviet Union, Yevgeny Kutik came to the United States with music in his veins. […]

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Newly Found Songs from the Holocaust Still Haunt

The history of music is rich with sounds spurred by suffering. During the Holocaust, songs of defiance and belief helped captive Jews confront and temporarily alleviate their misery. Now, a long-lost recording from 1946 is providing a poignant new soundtrack for understanding life in the Nazi concentration camps and Jewish ghettos. Just after World War […]

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Theme Song for ‘The Last Laugh’

By Laurie Baron SAN DIEGO−While Michael Flynn frantically tried to destroy his DVD of From Russia with Love, the San Diego Jewish Film Festival is entertaining audiences day and night at a variety of venues in the city through February 19th.  I had the honor to introduce The Last Laugh, a documentary about comedians and […]

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Beethoven, Liszt were two TICO audience favorites

By Eileen Wingard SAN DIEGO — A large audience welcomed the Tifereth Israel Community Orchestra (TICO), under the direction of David Amos, for the January 31 concert at Tifereth Israel Synagogue. The program featured two audience favorites, Beethoven’s Symphony #5 and the Liszt’s Piano Concerto #2, with Pianist Peter Vinograde. Beethoven’s 5th Symphony, with its […]

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Orchestra from Prague delights San Diegans

By Eileen Wingard SAN DIEGO– The soft, rippling notes of the flute, entwined with the clarinet, sang forth with ease and authenticity as the PKF-Prague Philharmonia, under the direction of its French conductor, Emmanuel Villaume, began Smetena’s The Moldau at the La Jolla Music Society-sponsored concert January 25. Shimmering strings entered, overlaying the flow of notes […]

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Culture and weather in London, Paris, Jerusalem

By Dorothea Shefer-Vanson MEVASSERET ZION, Israel — ‘He who tires of London has tired of life,’ wrote Samuel Johnson, and I dare say he had a point. Even in the dead of winter, when the bone-chilling cold really does chill every inch of bone in your body, the place has its pleasures provided you are suitably […]

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Artists, writers may have different sleep patterns

HAIFA, Israel (Press Release) — Do you ever dream of becoming the next Picasso? A new study at the University of Haifa comparing art and social science students has found that visually creative students evaluate their sleep as of lower quality. “Visually creative people reported disturbed sleep leading to difficulties in daytime functioning,” explains doctorate […]

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The music world mourns the death of one of the men who made the Allman Brothers Band legendary

Butch Trucks, the longtime drummer for the Allman Brothers Band, has died at age 69. Rolling Stone confirmed the news with Trucks’ booking manager after reports of his death began to circulate on Facebook and Twitter. Trucks was one of the founding members of the Allman Brothers Band and played with the group since its […]

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Closeted composer suffered in Czarist Russia

“Nothing is perfect in Nature. Nature is perfect imperfection.” -PI Tchaikovsky By Eric George Tauber SAN DIEGO–When Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky listened to birdsong, he noticed that they were just a little less than perfect, but these imperfections made them more beautiful. And so he threw some “wrong” notes into his arpeggios, making them more natural […]

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Hershey Felder brings to life composer Piotr Tchaikowsky

By Eileen Wingard SAN DIEGO — In The Great Tchaikowsky, Hershey Felder’s latest piece, which is breaking sales records at the Lyceum Theatre in downtown San Diego, Felder does Tikun Olam, working to repair the world, by sensitizing us to the suffering of the gay Russian composer and casting a light on the persecution of the […]

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Jackie Evancho Stuns with National Anthem

After harsh backlash and much buildup, singer Jackie Evancho — who is a mere 16 years old — was finally given the chance to perform the national anthem at Donald J. Trump’s inauguration as the 45th president of the United States. The Friday performance was a beautiful and graceful rendition. Evancho did not miss a […]

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LEGO exhibit like visiting several museums at once

Story by Donald H. Harrison; photos by Sky M. Masori SAN DIEGO – LEGO artist Nathan Sawaya has solved one of Balboa Park’s greatest problems: how to see as much as possible in an hour or so. With 18 museums of varying size and subject matter to tempt them, San Diegans know that it takes […]

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Paul McCartney sues Sony/ATV over Beatles song rights

The long saga over the rights to the Beatles catalog entered a new phase on Wednesday when Paul McCartney sued music publisher Sony/ATV over the rights to 267 songs that he penned for the band with co-writer John Lennon. The suit, filed in the Southern District of New York in Manhattan, is the latest turn […]

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When Jackie Evancho sings at Trump’s inauguration, her transgender sister won’t be present — here’s why

While 18-year-old Jackie Evancho goes on-stage at President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration, her transgender sister Juliet will be going under the knife. RELATED: Singer performing National Anthem at Trump’s inauguration sees HUGE gains since the announcement According to TMZ, 16-year-old Juliet will be undergoing gender reassignment surgery in Philadelphia on Friday so that she can “finally […]

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