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Louis Moreau Society to present ‘8 Songs for a Mad King’ Monday night

The Louis Moreau Society, a group that annually presents new performers and new classical music, holds the first of its concert offerings tomorrow night,  March 9, 2020, when they present “Eight Songs for a Mad King” by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies at 730 p.m. at the Marigny Opera House, 725 St. Ferninand St.

“Eight Songs for a Mad King” features a libretto by Randolph Stow.

The performance will feature the...

Cantor Colman to headline New Orleans Opera event tonight

Cantor Joel Colman’s booming bass-baritone voice will be heard in the sanctuary tonight at Temple Sinai, but not in his usual fashion, providing hazanuth for his congregation’s worship services.

Instead, the cantor will be a featured performer in an Opera Nouvelle presentation of the New Orleans Opera Association titled “Opera Americana: Music to Lift the Spirit.”

The event being held at Temple Sinai, 6227 St Charles Ave, will begin at...

Orthodox rapper Nissim Black reintroduces himself to the world

By EMILY BURACK

Nissim Black knows that wherever he goes, he’s going to turn heads.

“There’s always these questions,” the rapper explains to me from his home in Israel. “Like, ‘Well, are you still black? How black are you? How does that work? But you’re also Jewish? Jews are white?’ No they’re not!”

The questions annoy him, and rightfully so. Yes, he’s black and Jewish and Orthodox. No, that combination...

He’s Jewish, she’s Muslim. His jazz band’s song ‘Date a Jew’ talks about the pressures surrounding their relationship.

By GABE FRIEDMAN

(JTA) — Sammy Miller and his girlfriend Misha grew up in vastly different cultures: Sammy was raised Jewish in suburban Los Angeles, while Misha was raised Muslim in Karachi, Pakistan, moving to the United States when she was 12.

Miller also happens to be a musician — he leads Sammy Miller and the Congregation, an up-and-coming poppy jazz group that sounds like a cross between the Preservation...

Harold Rome subject of Dansker lecture tonight at Touro

George Dansker will be holding his annual lecture tonight on a Jewish composer tonight following services at Touro Synagogue, 4238 St. Charles Avenue. This time, though,  the subject is not nearly as well known as those for whom he has held previous tributes (Bernstein, Berlin, Weill, Rodgers, the Gershwins etc.).

Harold Rome, a composer and lyricist who was at one time a golden-haired boy of Broadway, will be the focus...

Kanye West created an opera based on a Babylonian king who enslaved Jews

By GABE FRIEDMAN

(JTA) — Love him or hate him, rapper Kanye West has done nothing if not evolve over the course of his career. He has cycled through mainstream hip-hop, auto-tuned singing, soulful sampling, epic egotistical commentary and — as he would happily tell you — much more.

At the moment, West is in the midst of an intensely religious phase.

Since the beginning of the year he has...

Zubin Mehta conducts Israel Philharmonic Orchestra for final time as music director

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Conductor Zubin Mehta conducted the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra for the final time as its musical director.

Mehta, 83, performed with the Orchestra on Sunday evening in Tel Aviv and was honored with an extended standing ovation. Members of the orchestra threw flowers on the conductor and his wife at the end of the concert.

The final performance included Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 2 and Mahler’s Symphony No....

Demi Lovato apologizes to fans offended by her Israel visit

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Demi Lovato had gushed about her “magical” visit to Israel, saying she felt a “sense of spirituality” there.

Now the 27-year-old pop star and actress is apologizing to those who may have been offended by her trip.

In Israel, Lovato made three posts earlier this week on Instagram, where she has 74 million followers, speaking glowingly of the country.

“Entertainment Tonight” reported that reactions to those posts...

Pink defends her kids’ behavior at Holocaust memorial

(JTA) — Pink defended a photo she posted of her children running at Berlin’s Holocaust memorial. The Jewish pop singer, whose real name is Alecia Beth Moore, shared photos on Instagram Sunday from her trip to the German capital. One of the images in a post captured “Berlin, I love you” showed her two young children running among the large stone blocks that make up the vast memorial.

Some commenters...

Leonard Cohen: A dark, brooding and loving genius

By ALAN SMASON, Special to the CCJN

Two years ago the Musée d’Art Contemporain de Montréal (MAC) organized an exhibit on Canada’s favorite son writer, composer, singer and cultural icon, Leonard Cohen. Titled “A Crack in Everything,” the immersive and interactive exhibit included a collection of commissioned works from artists who cite Cohen as a major influence on their own artistic endeavors.

Two months ago in mid-April, the Jewish Museum...