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Gospel goes Israeli
Created by African slaves and their descendants in the American south, gospel music gets the Israeli treatment tonight at 9 p.m. at the Enav Cultural Center in Tel Aviv. Ofer and Iris Portugaly and Their Gospel Choir will perform gospel and other forms of African American music at a concert in support of Gospel Jazz Live, a new album recorded by the group and released by Raise the Praise, an organization seeking to promote musical ties between Jews and Christians around the world.
The Portugalys were inspired to create an Israeli gospel group after a musical tour of Nigeria in 2000, and assembled their choir at the Rimon Institute of Jazz and Contemporary Music, where both are senior faculty members. Their album is the first recorded by Israelis for Raise the Praise, which seeks to create Jewish and Christian audiences for music from both religions. Songs at tonight's concert will be performed in English and Hebrew. - Nathan Burstein
Straight from its standing-room-only triumph in Las Vegas, Vadim Elizarov's 45 member Fantastic Show dance company will present 12 performances of Crazy Dance all around the country from March 1-13.
Set to music from Carmen to rap and the Beatles, the show is a unique amalgam of various dance languages from classical ballet to hip hop, tap, jazz and of course ballroom dancing. The 45 company members are mostly competition champions from various dance festivals around the world. Crazy Dance can be seen in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Haifa, Netanya, Petah Tikva, Nazareth, Ashkelon, Rehovot, Kiryat Haim, Or Akiva and Beersheva. - Helen Kaye