The new Habimah foyer 311.
(photo credit: Courtesy of Habimah)
Of Montreal brings Athens, Georgia to TA
Genre-bending indie pop band Of
Montreal has signed on to make their Israel debut on May 7 at The Barby
Born out of the Elephant 6 musical collective that spawned many
notable independent bands in the 1990s, Of Montreal is the brainchild of Kevin
Barnes, who founded the group in Athens, Georgia in 1997.
unpredictable and always entertaining, the band’s dozen albums, including their
upcoming Paralytic Stalks, can sway from psychedelic Flaming Lips-style pop to
electronica, funk and straight-ahead rock. In a sign of their surreal way of
thinking, the band’s song “Every Day is Like Sunday” has been used in
advertisements for NASDAQ.
• David Brinn New plays at Gesher
directs Mary Chase’s Harvey, the story of mild-mannered Elwood Down who has a
friend called Harvey.
The point is that Harvey is a rabbit, a six-foot
rabbit that only Elwood can see. When his alarmed sister tries to get Elwooded
committed, she’s the one that ends up in the mental hospital. Of course it all
comes right in the end with everybody agreeing that Harvey’s just fine. This is
a play about the social codes we live by, about what’s “normal” and what isn’t.
Opens January 12 at the theater.
The second play is Austrian playwright
George Tabori’s Mein Kampf, a very black comedy that premiered at last year’s
Acre Festival. It’s set in a Vienna flophouse where a young Jew named Herzl
meets and befriends the young Adolf Hitler, who’s hoping to be accepted at the
Art Academy, and where Herzl inadvertently influences Hitler’s murderous
destiny. The director is Gil Alon. Opens at the Gesher Hangar, 11 Eilat Street,
Tel Aviv, also on January 12.
• Jerusalem Post StaffHabimah at
The Habimah National Theater will represent Israel at the Globe to
Globe Theater Festival in the UK with a production of Shakespeare’s The Merchant
of Venice starring Ya’akov Cohen in the title role, and directed by Habimah
artistic director Ilan Ronen.
The six-week Globe to Globe Festival begins
April 21 at the Globe Theater in London with theater companies from 37 nations
presenting all 37 of Shakespeare’s plays in 37 languages. Our Hebrew-language
Merchant is a brand new translation by Dori Parnes.
Among the plays and
languages are Merry Wives in Swahili, Coriolanus in Japanese and a hip-hop
Our Merchant will play at the Globe May 28 and 29 and the
Festival itself is part of the 2012 Olympic Games celebration.
Kaye Pianist Alexis Weissenberg dies
Bulgarian-born pianist Alexis Weissenberg,
whose musical talent as a youngster probably prevented his life, and his
mother’s, from ending in a World War II concentration camp, died Sunday at age
Weissenberg was born in Sofia, the Bulgarian capital, in 1929, and
began piano lessons at age three. As a 10-yearold, he gave his first
It was in 1941 during the war, as he recalls on his web site,
that he and his mother landed in “an improvised concentration camp” in Bulgaria
for people crossing the border illegally.
They arrived with few
belongings other than a small bag, a large cardboard box, a few sandwiches and
an old accordion given him as a birthday gift by a wealthy aunt. And they were
lucky: After three months in the unspecified camp, a German guard who enjoyed
listening to him play Schubert on the accordion helped them escape by
They wound up in Israel where he performed Beethoven with the
Israel Philharmonic led by Leonard Bernstein. After the war, he moved to New
York to study at the Juilliard School of Music.
swayed high and low. At its peak, he made recordings with Bernstein and Herbert
Von Karajan and was hailed as a distinctive virtuoso. At rock bottom,
Weissenberg, weary from too much fame too fast, took a 10-year break, reemerging
with a Paris recital in 1966 and successful performances of Tchaikovsky’s Piano
Concerto No. 1 with Karajan. • Jerusalem Post Staff