Happy Star Wars Shabbat!
At Evgeny Kissin’s December 16 “Jewish Music and Poetry” Concert at Carnegie Hall, the Moscow-born virtuoso masterfully sailed through Ernest Bloch’s (1880-1959) 24-minute 1945 Piano Sonata Op. 40, Alexander Veprik’s (1899-1958) Piano Sonata No 2. Op 5 (1924), and Alexander Krein’s (1883-1951) Suite dansee, Op. 44 (1928). But between keyboard magic, it was his recitation (in Yiddish) of fourteen of Yiddish poet Yitzhak Leybush Peretz’ (1852-1915) monumental poems that transfixed an audience that included Yiddish Forward editor Boris Sandler, YIVO Executive Director Jonathan Brent, and attorney and author Alan Dershowitz.
In analyzing the presidential race, former Mitt Romney strategist Stuart Stevens was quoted in today’s New York Times as saying, “Every day in a campaign is ‘Sophie’s Choice,’ And that’s the hardest thing. You’ve got to decide where you’re going to live and where you’re going to die.”
Supermodel Bar Refaeli was reportedly questioned for 12 hours by authorities under suspicion of failing to pay millions of shekels in taxes.
T’was the last night of Hanukkah and the concert hall at the Center for Jewish History was packed for the Annual Chanukah Concert starring the inimitable actor-director-singer Eleanor Reissa who performed both solo and backed up by the ear-shattering, kishke churning pyrotechnics of Klezmatics founder Frank London and the Klezmer Brass All Stars.