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Itzhak Greenwich Reviewed by: Harvey Karten Director: Alison Chernick Cast: Itzhak Perlman, Toby Perlman, Alan Alda, Amnon Weisntein, Stefan Valcuha, Billy Joel, Zubin Mehta, Pinchas Zukerman, Evgeny Kissin, the Klezmatics Screened at: Critics’ link, NYC, 3/2/18 Opens: March 16, 2018 Why do so many Jews play violin? That’s a question dealt with in this intriguing […]

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Preview: From Vienna: The New Year’s Celebration 2015 With Julie Andrews Video

TV Picks: Merry Christmas Eve! Happy Hanukkah!Stage and screen legend Julie Andrews returns for the sixth time to host the festive annual From Vienna: The New Year’s Celebration 2015 with the Vienna Philharmonic, under the direction of Zubin Mehta, from Vienna’s Musikverein. The Vienna Philharmonic and the Vienna State Ballet return for the beloved annual tradition against the joyful backdrop of the scenic cityThis Year Conducted by Zubin Mehta, On Thirteen’s Great Performances Thursday, January 1 at 2:30 and 8 p.m. Et on PBS From PBS/ThirteenFrom Vienna: The New Year’s Celebration 2015, featuring the infectious melodies of the Strauss Family and […]
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Don Mischer Receives His Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Don Mischer Receives His Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
It’s probably just as well that Don Mischer’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame will be planted in concrete on Dec. 11, since he has run out of space on his mantle for yet another award. The highly decorated producer-director already has 15 Emmys, a record 10 DGA awards, two NAACP Image Awards, a Peabody and a raft of others.

“My wife doesn’t want any more around the house,” he admits, “so they’re mostly at the office.”

The 74-year-old industry veteran spends as much time at Don Mischer Prods. as ever, and has little interest in either retiring or resting on his laurels, which include some 200 producing and directing credits ranging from the 2009 Obama Inaugural Celebration to the Oscars, the Emmys, the Olympics, the Kennedy Center Honors and the Super Bowl halftime shows starring the likes of Prince, the Rolling Stones and Paul McCartney.

Instead, he’s focused on his latest project,
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Hans Zimmer Tribute at the Annenberg Raises $1.2 Million for Israel Philharmonic

Hans Zimmer Tribute at the Annenberg Raises $1.2 Million for Israel Philharmonic
Two giants in their respective fields, Hans Zimmer and Zubin Mehta, held court Wednesday night at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, where Zimmer was bestowed a lifetime achievement award by the American Friends of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, for which Mehta is co-chairman and holds the post of music director for life.

But it was Zimmer — perhaps the closest thing to a mogul in the scoring realm — who was clearly humbled by the honor. “I was a little nervous about a world-class orchestra playing Schubert (Symphonia N° 8, Unfinished) and Zimmer, and Schubert is a real composer,” Zimmer told Variety. “And just seeing how they really knew my stuff and they loved it. There was this bond.”

The lavish, black-tie affair — consisting of a concert by the orchestra of mostly Zimmer movie compositions, and a Wolfgang Puck-catered supper in the Center’s courtyard afterward — raised approximately $1.2 million for the Israel Philharmonic,
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Hans Zimmer Tunes Up for Charity

Hans Zimmer Tunes Up for Charity
Supporting an orchestra would seem like a natural fit for an Oscar-winning composer like Hans Zimmer, but the history behind the American Friends of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra creates a more personal connection to the music man.

The product of the joint vision of Fredric Mann and the organization’s current music director Zubin Mehta, who responded to the lack of Israeli government subsidy or endowment for the orchestra, the mission for American Friends was solidified in 1980.

The two created an endowment fund in the United States for the orchestra, founded in 1936, and the non-profit now operates with the goal of sustaining the orchestra’s financial future, supporting its educational programs and broadening its reach.

On July 16, the Friends will honor Zimmer with its first lifetime achievement award at the Wallis Annenberg Center for Performing Arts in Beverly Hills.

The event will feature Mehta and members of the orchestra, who
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Big B, Srk and Waheeda Rehman honoured by Ndtv amongst the “25 Greatest Global Living Indians”

Marking 25 years of outstanding news broadcasting, the prestigious Indian channel Ndtv honoured 25 personalities as the “greatest global Indian living legends.”

Amongst these were Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan, magical composer A R Rahman, superstar Shah Rukh Khan, iconic actor Rajinikanth and prominent actress of Bollywood’s golden era, Waheeda Rehman.

The awards were presented by the President of India, Pranab Mukherjee, at Rashtrapati Bhawan – the official residence of the President of India.

While felicitating the awards, the President stated, “It’s indeed a pleasure for me to be amidst you this evening and to be associated with recognizing these 25 great Indians. While going through their introduction and some of their comments I found out that one striking commonality in all of them that each and every one of them believes in hard work, honesty, commitment to the job, idea to which they furnish…”

In an interview with Ndtv, Srk also commented
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Parallel concert to Zubin Mehta event permitted

Parallel concert to Zubin Mehta event permitted
Srinagar, Sep 7: After much delay, authorities in Jammu and Kashmir have permitted a concert to be held parallel to that of India-born music conductor Zubin Mehta here Saturday.

"Finally, the authorities conveyed to us that we can go ahead with the 'Haqeeqat-e-Kashmir' (reality of Kashmir) concert in Srinagar's Municipal Park," Parvez Khurram, spokesman of the civil society initiative that is holding the parallel concert to oppose Zubin Mehta's concert, told Ians Saturday.

"The authorities imposed a rider on our plans, saying that since we are holding a parallel concert, we must hold it at the same time Zubin Mehta's concert.
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Two militants held ahead of Zubin Mehta concert

Two militants held ahead of Zubin Mehta concert
Srinagar, Sep 6: Two Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) guerrillas have been arrested in this summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, ahead of Saturday's concert by the acclaimed Bavarian State Orchestra under the baton of maestro Zubin Mehta, police said.

Police sources told Ians that the two were arrested from Chanapora locality Thursday. One of them had reportedly come from Sopore town in the northern part of Kashmir.

Arms and ammunition have been recovered from them.

Three lesser known guerrilla groups have threatened to target foreigners in Jammu and Kashmir if authorities went ahead with the concert.

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Kashmir chose me: Zubin Mehta

Kashmir chose me: Zubin Mehta
New Delhi, Sep 6: Kashmir "chose me", said India-born world-renowned music conductor Zubin Mehta who hopes to spread the message of peace when he directs the Bavarian State Orchestra in Kashmir.

"I didn't choose Kashmir, it chose me," Mehta, 76, told reporters here Friday.

"I hope to have the blessings of the people as music is the only language I know and hope to spread the message of peace with this performance," added Mehta who was born in Bombay (Mumbai) and received his first musical education under the guidance of his father Mehli Mehta, the founder of the Bombay Symphony Orchestra.

Zubin Mehta is to conduct.
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Parallel event to oppose Zubin Mehta concert

Parallel event to oppose Zubin Mehta concert
Srinagar, Sep 3: A group of people opposing the forthcoming Zubin Mehta concert to be held here in Jammu and Kashmir Sep 7 have decided to hold a parallel event the same day to show the "truth about Kashmir".

The 90-minute concert would be telecast live in over 50 countries. Zubin Mehta is scheduled to arrive in a special plane along with his 100-member orchestra Sep 5.

"We have invited poets, singers, musicians and other artists to our concert on September 7 at noon in the city's uptown Municipal Park," Khurram Parvez, spokesman for the joint initiative of various civil society groups and individuals, told Ians.

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Separatists call for shutdown over Zubin Mehta concert

Separatists call for shutdown over Zubin Mehta concert
Srinagar, Sep 2: Separatist leader Syed Ali Geelani Monday called for a complete shutdown in the Kashmir Valley of Jammu and Kashmir Sep 7 to protest the scheduled Zubin Mehta concert in the state capital.

Geelani also called for a shutdown in Chenab valley region of Jammu.

The 90-minute concert would be telecast live in over 50 countries. Zubin Mehta is scheduled to arrive in a special plane along with his 100-member orchestra Sep 5.

In a statement, Geelani said imams (clerics) of various mosques should lead the post-prayer protests Sep 6 against the holding of the concert in Kashmir.

"On September.
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Zubin Mehta's Kashmir concert on course

Zubin Mehta's Kashmir concert on course
Srinagar, Aug 31: The much-talked-about Zubin Mehta concert here in the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir scheduled for Sep 7 is on course, despite opposition from separatist politicians, officials said.

The 90-minute concert would be telecast live in over 50 countries. Zubin Mehta is scheduled to arrive in a special plane along with his orchestra Sep 5.

Organisers and security agencies are now busy with the arrangements.

The floriculture department that manages the Shalimar Garden, the venue of the concert, is refurbishing the garden to create a stage for the over 100-member orchestra to be conducted by Zubin Mehta.

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DVD Release: Orchestra of Exiles

DVD Release Date: April 9, 2013

Price: DVD $27.95

Studio: First Run Features

Arturo Toscanini (l.) and Bronislaw Huberman in 1936 in Orchestra of Exiles.

The Orchestra of Exiles is 2012 documentary directed by Josh Aronson, who previously helmed the Academy Award-nominated 2000 doc Sound and Fury.

In the early 1930′s Hitler began firing Jewish musicians across Europe. Overcoming extraordinary obstacles, violinist Bronislaw Huberman moved these great musicians to Palestine and formed a symphony that would become the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. With courage, resourcefulness and an entourage of allies including Arturo Toscanini and Albert Einstein, Huberman saved nearly 1000 Jews – and guaranteed the survival of Europe’s musical heritage.

Featuring commentary by musical greats including Itzhak Perlman, Zubin Mehta and Joshua Bell, Orchestra of Exiles is a timeless tale of a brilliant young man coming of age, and the suspenseful chronicle of how his efforts impacted

cultural history.

Bonus features on the DVD include the following

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Norah Jones Attends Father Ravi Shankar's Funeral; George Harrison's Widow, Herbie Hancock Among Mourners

Norah Jones Attends Father Ravi Shankar's Funeral; George Harrison's Widow, Herbie Hancock Among Mourners
Ravi Shankar's music was all about embracing life—and so was his funeral. His musician daughters, Norah Jones and Anoushka Shankar, wife Sukanya, jazz great Herbie Hancock, conductor Zubin Mehta and George Harrison's widow, Olivia, were among more than 1,000 people who turned out to pay tribute to the late sitar player Thurdsay in his adopted home of Encinitas, Calif. Despite it being a crisp winter day, the sun fittingly shone on the 90-minute outdoor memorial service at the Self Realization Fellowship for the man Harrison called the "godfather of world music." "My father loved spending time here so much and it feels so right for us to celebrate his journey in this beautiful...
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Renowned Beatles Influencer Dead At 92

Renowned Beatles Influencer Dead At 92
Sitar legend Ravi Shankar has died at the age of 92.

Over the course of the past year Shankar suffered from upper-respiratory and heart issues, according to Billboard. Last Thursday he underwent heart-valve replacement surgery, but was unable to recover from the procedure and passed away at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla, Calif. Tuesday night.

Shankar is often noted for his influence on the Beatles, and for introducing traditional Indian music to the West on a broad scale. He was also the father of popular singer/songwriter Norah Jones.

This is a developing story...

More from the AP below:

New Delhi -- Ravi Shankar, the sitar virtuoso who became a hippie musical icon of the 1960s after hobnobbing with the Beatles and who introduced traditional Indian ragas to Western audiences over an eight-decade career, has died. He was 92.

The prime minister's office confirmed his death and called him a "national treasure.
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Thankful For Some Tasty New Rock Music!

Happy Thanksgiving. It's been a terrific month for mining new music. I caught an advance screening of Led Zeppelin's new concert movie at MoMA (and their press conference), discovered what may be my favorite album of the year, and found inspiring young musicians sharing their chops and muses with the world. With the holidays around the corner, here are some early suggestions for music very much worth sharing with friends, lovers, bosses, and family.

"You're So Great / It's All Right, Ma" Wendy James You're So Great E.P. (Cobraside)

If Brit-born/NYC-based Ms. James's claim-to-fame-band Transvision Vamp was a tad too sugar-pop coated for your New Yawk punk rawk palette, not to worry. Thanks to guitarist James Williamson (Iggy Pop Stooge) and drummer James Sclavunos (Nick Cave alumnus), she's found some downtown 'tude. The A-side is a fun retro Ramones-style punk ditty, but it's the flip-side Grinderman-grind Dylan cover where it all comes together.
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Pyarelal remembers late partner Laxmikant

At 71, Pyarelal Sharma has the enthusiasm of a musical newbie. He remembers his late partner without any false melodrama. "We were like one, closer than brothers, so no one can even begin to understand our bond,'' he says. Not many are aware that till Laxmikant suggested that they team up as a duo in films, Pyarelal's ambition was to become a famous musician from India in Western music abroad, like his close friend Zubin Mehta. After Laxmikant passed away in 1998, the maestro (described by Laxmikant as "the only complete music director in Hindi cinema'' who could read and write Indian and Western notations, compose, arrange, conduct and record songs and knew all instruments like the back of his hand) fought back against bad times. "Even today, I would not mind doing films if they are from A-list setups. Yash Chopra, Subhash Ghai and Mahesh Bhatt keep talking about working together again,
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Lenny Kravitz and his world of interiors

The singer-turned-actor talks about his parents' influence on his new album, his role in The Hunger Games – and his other passion: upholstery and interior design

Funny, I think, you compile a list of questions for a man known for his interracial heritage and for creating music that partakes equally of genres black and white, anticipating a conversation that will range back and forth across the racial faultlines of modern America – as indeed it does – and the first thing he mentions is your skin colour.

"You obviously didn't come here from the UK with that tan, now did you?" says Lenny Kravitz, shaking hands with a friendly smile. This being British press day in La, I guess that Kravitz has spent the morning talking to a succession of sun-starved and jet-lagged London journos, making my Hamiltonian mid-winter La hue more noticeable by contrast.

"Huh?" I say, wondering for a second if
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Kennedy Center Honors Recipients: From Marian Anderson to Meryl Streep

The Kennedy Center Honors have been handed out since 1978. Recipients hail from various branches of the American performance art world — including film, stage, music, and dance — even though performers more closely associated with British show business have managed to sneak in every now and then, e.g., Paul McCartney, Roger Daltrey, Elton John, Pete Townshend. Since recipients are supposed to attend the Washington, D.C., ceremony in order to take home their Kennedy awards, Doris Day has remained unhonored by the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Katharine Hepburn kept putting it off until she finally relented in 1990. (Irene Dunne, see above photo, was one who managed to be honored though absent due to ill health.) Ginger Rogers, for her part, was present at the ceremony, but her films with Fred Astaire weren't — because Astaire's widow, Robyn Astaire, demanded payment for the televised clips. At the time, Kennedy Center Honors
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Mehta: Arab Spring may be upbeat for Israel Philharmonic

Mehta: Arab Spring may be upbeat for Israel Philharmonic
By Michael Roddy

London (Reuters) - Indian-born conductor Zubin Mehta is touring the world with the Israel Philharmonic celebrating its 75th anniversary and his 50th with them, but what he'd like to do is add more Arab capitals to the repertoire.

Mehta, who is the same age as the orchestra which gave its first concert in 1936, said as he prepared to conduct a concert at the BBC Proms in London on Thursday night that the Arab Spring has thrown up new challenges, and new opportunities, for Israel and his Philharmonic.

"One wonderful thing is nobody is blaming Israel for anything that is happening in those Arab countries -- usually it is always Israel's fault," Mehta told Reuters in a telephone interview from Israel a few days before the Proms concert.

"I hope Israel takes advantage of the new regimes to come close to them and that the new regimes will
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