The Metropolitan Opera’s recent announcement that it would produce the “The Death of Klinghoffer” led to a nasty, noisy, public debate focused on charges of antisemitism. Some music journalists reveled in the attention and in the moment of relevance for a 400-year-old form. Cambridge critic Rachel Yurman, however, was incensed by the assault, and embarrassed by what she terms the “willful ignorance of those who ranted while freely admitting that they had never seen the work in question.”
WBCN was the hub of enormous musical, social and political activity in Boston much of which had a national impact,” says James Montgomery, ho will be headlining a benefit for a forthcoming film about the radio station. “The blues were at the heart of it, and we’ll celebrate the roots of blues in this special evening of music.”
Cambridge writer Anita Harris shares photos from gala benefit for Bill Lichtenstein’s forthcoming film, “The American Revolution”–a documentary on WBCN radio which Lichtenstein credits as instrumental (pun intended) in the political and cultural upheavals of the late 1960s.
Boston music group Aljashu’s intercultural performance of Sephardic songs, in the Ladino language, will take place at the 2012 Boston Jewish Music Festival on March 5, at Ohabei Shalom, Synagogue, in Brookline.
I had the privilege of attending the debut concert of Aljashu, a group formed by vocalist Julia Madeson to perform songs sung in the Ladino language, a combination of Hebrew and Spanish spoken (and sung) by Jews in Spain and Portugul the Spanish Inquisition started, in 1492.