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Music

Dansker lecture to focus on Lerner and Loewe

Noted musicolgist and lecturer George Dansker will be presenting his annual lecture on Jewish composers next Friday evening, January 25, at Touro Synaogogue and this year it’s on Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe, the composer-lyricist team responsible for Broadway box office winners “Brigadoon,” “My Fair Lady” and “Camelot.”

Titled “The Night They Invented Champagne,” a song written for the film “Gigi” (later reworked as a Broadway musical), Dansker will...

Musician, singer Gary Negbaur performs through Jan. 1

Musician, singer and composer Gary Negbaur, who hails from New York, but has found affinity with New Orleans rhythm and blues, jazz and blues, returns to New Orleans over the course of the next week with a series of solo gigs.

The Columns Hotel, 3811 St. Charles Avenue,  is the setting for his first two nights of performances, beginning on Thursday and Friday, December 27-28, from 8:00 – 11:00 p.m. 

He...

William Shatner didn’t include a Chanukah song on his new Christmas album

(JTA) — William Shatner recently released a star-studded holiday album titled “Shatner Claus,” on which he croons classic Christmas tunes as “Jingle Bells,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and “Silent Night.”

But there are no Chanukah songs on it, and the Jewish icon is having regrets about that.

“I was going to do ‘Dreidel, Dreidel,’ then I thought better of it … I mean, I should have, maybe,” Shatner said in the upcoming PBS...

Jefferson Airplane co-founder Marty Balin is dead at 76

(JTA) — Marty Balin, the co-founder of the iconic 1960s psychedelic rock band Jefferson Airplane, has died in Tampa, Florida, of unspecified causes. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer was 76.

Born Martyn Jerel Buchwald to Jewish parents in Cincinnati in 1942, Balin was one of the founding members of Jefferson Airplane and a member of its successor band, Jefferson Starship, which played such famous hits as “White Rabbit” and “Somebody to Love”...

Musaica presents Jewish-themed chamber concerts for High Holy Days

By DEAN M. SHAPIRO, Special to the CCJN

Perfectly timed to coincide with the Jewish High Holy Days, the nine-member, New Orleans-based chamber music ensemble, Musaica, is presenting two evening programs highlighting selected works of Jewish and Jewish-influenced composers.

On Monday, September 17, Musaica will open its 2018-19 season with a program titled “Creation du Monde,” taking its name from a Darius Milhaud composition they will be performing that evening...

Jewish rapper Mac Miller found dead at 26

(JTA) — Rapper Mac Miller was found dead of an apparent drug overdose on Friday, TMZ reported.

The 26-year-old struggled with substance abuse for years, including during a high-profile relationship with pop star Ariana Grande.

According to TMZ, Miller was found by police at his home in California’s San Fernando Valley, and pronounced dead at the scene. He was about to start a concert tour next month.

Miller was born...

Indie band Of Montreal joins Lana Del Rey, other acts in pulling out of music festival in Israel

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The American indie pop band Of Montreal was the latest artist or group to cancel its participation in the Meteor Festival in  Israel.

The three-day festival began Thursday.

“After exhausting all of the different possible ways of justifying playing an Israeli party festival, while the political and military leaders of the country continue their murderous and brutal policies against the Palestinian people, we came to the realization...

Lana Del Ray cancels appearance at Meteor Festival (after all)

By ILANIT CHERNICK

(TPS.ogr) — Following weeks of pressure from the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, Lana Del Rey has canceled her performance at the Meteor Festival.

The festival is scheduled to kick off next week at Kibbutz Lehavot HaBashan in the Galilee.

In a statement on Twitter, Del Rey said that her reason for “postponing” her appearance was because she was unable to “schedule visits for both...

Lana Del Rey says she ‘will be visiting Palestine’ after pushback on Israel concert

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Singer Lana Del Rey said she “will be visiting Palestine” in addition to a planned appearance in Israel following a public relations campaign by pro-Palestinian activists.

Earlier this week the American performer announced that she would stick to her decision to perform in Israel in the face of calls for her to boycott the country.

The singer will be appearing at the Meteor Festival in the northern kibbutz of Lehavot Habashan...

How a Jewish producer helped unleash Aretha Franklin’s genius

By JOSEFIN DOLSTEN

(JTA) — Aretha Franklin, the “Queen of Soul,” died Thursday at the age of 76. Her death reverberated so deeply that an incredible array of people from around the world, from Presidents Donald Trump and Barack Obama to musicians Paul McCartney and Diana Ross, took to social media to pay tribute.

Though the legendary singer’s first album was released in 1956, it took her years to achieve mainstream...