Guitar concert music performance audience rockin 390.
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Johannesburg, South Africa
How does one take two Israeli guys, dress them in dark gray suits, use minimal
lighting and come up with an incredibly colorful show? The answer is easy,
really. Make sure the star of the show is Dudu Fisher. Not that his accompanist
on piano, Shai Bacher, is any slouch, either.
The amazing part is not
just Fisher’s wide chromatic scale but also the extensive spectrum of musical
styles he covers.
Together, this two-man team kept the Johannesburg
audience in raptures as they went from straight chazzanut through Elvis,
Broadway, Yiddish favorites – interspersed with a light touch of humor that
never felt forced.
Fisher reminded his South African audience that he was
the cantor at the Berea Synagogue in the mid-1970s and asked by a show of hands
how many had been “married” by him. A large number of the audience raised their
hands, and not surprisingly so. During that period, the Berea shul was the place
to get married in Johannesburg. And in those days, Fisher was accompanied by one
of the best choirs Jo’burg Jewry ever had.
So after nearly two hours of
his being on stage, I for one was sorry that the Dudu Fisher concert in
Johannesburg had come to an end.
After the third standing ovation, it
felt like Fisher and Bacher were just warming up.
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chance to hear Dudu Fisher in concert, take it.
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