Kleinstein and Fried.
(photo credit: Jeremy Wimpfheimer)
Benefit concerts can make for unexpected bedfellows. For example,
Israel’s everyman pop rocker Rami Kleinstein and American Orthodox Hassidic
singer Avraham Fried.
Fried, who is on a world tour to mark his 30th
anniversary as a performer, and Israeli singer and composer Kleinstein will
perform together for the first time at a concert on Thursday night to benefit
Jerusalem’s Shaare Zedek Medical Center. The hospital will mark its 110th
anniversary with the event.
The show will feature Fried and Kleinstein
performing separately and in a duet.
Kleinstein, who’s no slouch himself
in the “long and varied career” department, explained that what looked on paper
to be an odd coupling actually made musical sense.
“Avraham Fried is a
very talented singer and a star among lovers of Hassidic music – whether they’re
haredim or not,” Kleinstein told The Jerusalem Post
. “From my point of view,
this is a fascinating musical and cultural collaboration that brings together
different styles and world viewpoints.”
According to Danny Kaizler,
director of Bama Kehalacha- Israevents, the official event producers for the
evening, Fried is equally excited about performing with
“Avraham knows that Rami is one of the most popular and
creative acts on the Israeli music scene and believes that there is no more
appropriate way to launch his anniversary tour than here in Jerusalem and in
tribute to a special institution like Shaare Zedek,” said
Kleinstein added that the musical similarities between the two
will overcome any differences in style and appearance, the common bond being
love of performing.
“We’re musicians and performers who love the stage
and the audience, and anyone who comes will feel that,” said Kleinstein. “If we
succeed in conveying the message about tolerance, respect and love of our fellow
man, then we’ll have done our part.”
The show will be held at Jerusalem’s
International Convention Center, with proceeds going for the Wilf Children's
Hospital (now under construction), the new Digestive Diseases Institute and the
development of the MRI center.