A ‘Finished Project’ Leading violinist to play Towson professor’s concerto

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Jonathan Leshnoff is a man of many hats. He’s a musician, teacher and composer. But on Feb. 14, he’s going to be an audience member watching one of the world’s best violinists play his concerto. Grammy Award-winning violinist Gil Shaham, called “the leading American violinist of his generation” by Time magazine, will perform Leshnoff’s “Chamber… Read More

Peacemaker Comes to the Gordon Center Achinoam Nini brings multicultural sounds to Owings Mills on Feb. 6

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She’s performed for three popes, collaborated with Stevie Wonder, Sting, Pat Metheny and Quincy Jones and is a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations. But Achinoam Nini, known as Noa, doesn’t let it get to her head or forget why she does what she does. “All I need to do is remember why I am… Read More

Sticking It to Israel Taking Maryland’s quintessential sport to the Holy Land

Jules Jacobs (center) poses for a photo  with Israeli players  at a lacrosse clinic  in Netanya. (SportPic)

Could soccer-crazy Israelis fall in love with lacrosse? After spending winter break touring the country on a service trip with the Israel national team, Jules Jacobs is convinced that the sport with indigenous roots in the Native American Iroquois people is primed to take off in the Holy Land. “The kids are embracing it. The… Read More

Curly’s Mojo Local artist’s work now included in coloring books for adults craze

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Howard Greenberg (aka Curly) and Joe Shansky (aka Mo), both 70, met when they were about 13 years old as they battered a ball for hours against a concrete wall, playing paddleball (similar to handball) in a Brooklyn, N.Y., neighborhood playground. They became fast friends and remained paddleball partners for nearly a decade, playing every… Read More

Gospel Prince Comes to the Gordon Joshua Nelson draws on his black and Jewish heritages to create a hybrid style

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Joshua Nelson is going to take the people to church at the Gordon Center on Sunday, but the Jews in the audience will feel right at home. The Prince of Kosher Gospel, as he is known, fuses American gospel music with lyrics rooted in Judaism to create what he calls “kosher gospel.” “Overcoming was not… Read More

‘Pearls on a String’ Islamic works reflect a world of diversity at the Walters

‘Turktazi’s Visit to the Magical Garden of Turktaz, Queen of the Fairies,’ from the Khamsa (Quintet) of Nizami, Muhammad Zaman (© The Trustees of the Chester Beatty Library, Dublin., www.cbl.ie)

The Walters Art Museum associate curator for Islamic and South Asian art, Amy Landau, is drawn in by a good story and knows that visitors are too. So for “Pearls on a String: Artists, Patrons and Poets at the Great Islamic Courts,” Landau designed three distinct segments for the exhibition, each one focused on the… Read More

Soul Searching Child prodigy catalyzes unsettling Israeli drama

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Under the influence of consumerism, militarism and the pace of the modern world, the People of the Book have  little use for poetry. That’s one reading — and the most obvious and simplistic — of “The Kindergarten Teacher,” Israeli filmmaker Nadav Lapid’s unsettling saga of an adult’s missteps when presented with a preternaturally talented child…. Read More

Behind the Scenes ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ bounces back with same traditions, some new spins

Choreographer Hofesh Shechter (left) with "Fiddler" cast members at  New West 42nd Street Studios. (Lindsay Hoffman/Jeffrey Richards Associates)

NEW YORK — Ever since Zero Mostel imagined himself as a rich man in the original 1964 Broadway production, “Fiddler on the Roof” has been a cultural landmark on Broadway and in the Jewish sphere. It’s one of those musicals that always seems to be in rotation. Over the years, many a Tevye — from… Read More