Wednesday, May 6, 2015 Iyyar 17, 5775
Prodigy-cum-applauded Philly flutist strikes notes for history
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How sweet the sound of the Dolce Suono Ensemble. And how sweet the sincerity of Mimi Stillman, the Philly flutist with a filigree of fame spread worldwide since founding the ensemble five years ago. For a flutist who flaunts an impressive bio that includes being the youngest wind player ever admitted to the Curtis Institute of Music -- she was...
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"Greenwich Village Hooligans"? Gee, why didn't he think of that, chuckles director/writer (with Michael Jaeger) Josh Shelov of what he could have called "The Best and the Brightest." Because, probably, the writer of "Green Street Hooligans" -- Shelov's acclaimed other major credit -- would have been repeating himself. And, one thing's for sure: Shelov is an original. It shines through...
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If not for a friend in a secular choir who referred him to a Jewish choral gig, Robert Ross might still be singing Christian requiems instead of Jewish psalms. He'd always identified as Jewish, but hardly had any experience with the religion while growing up, much less the music. "There were vestiges of Jewish life in our household, but it...
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Israeli's jazz cool and collected -- from concert stages all over the world
Big careers from Smalls packages? Tel Aviv's Avishai Cohen's history tells such a story; new to New York in 1997, but already an established artist in Israel, he arrived at Smalls legendary jazz club as a man with a horn and a talent with a tale. It takes a village? It took gigs at the pre-eminent Greenwich Village landmark to...
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From Philadelphia to Warsaw, how a master violinist plucks plaudits from the air
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No loose strings on Joshua Bell's plentiful portfolio; indeed, his career-making connection to Philadelphia has become even more taut with time. And what the master violinist -- who has taught younger musicians in classes that bespeak his mettle as a class act -- has learned since having his debut at age 14 with the Philadelphia Orchestra, is that "you feel...
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