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A tribute to Webber's world
The Israel Musicals Vocal Quartet is back on stage. This season they will perform a tribute to Andrew Lloyd Webber and his world, entitled "Let the Memories Live Again!" at the Einav Center in Tel Aviv on Thursday, November 1. The quartet will also appear at the Music Conservatory of Beersheba on Saturday, November 10.
Made up of four professional singers with operatic and theatrical backgrounds, the quartet plans to present work from Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Evita, Cats, The Phantom of the Opera and some lesser-known works. They will also look at Webber's rivals, and those he influenced.
A portion of the quartet's proceeds will be donated to the Meir Panim charity organization.
Tickets can be purchased by calling the Israel Musicals box office at 03-636-4007. Tickets can also be ordered online at http://www.israel-theatre.com/order-form.html. Discounts available for seniors, soldiers, students and AACI members. - Jerusalem Post staff
'Curtain Up' rises yet again
The annual Curtain Up (CU) dance event showcases promising independent choreographers with the aim of furthering their careers. This year's crop was cut from 10 to seven "because we wanted to raise the bar of excellence," explains long-time Curtain Up adviser Nava Zuckerman.
"Most of the works reflect a longing for connection, for love of the other, and the ability, or inability to effect these," says CU artistic, and respected theater director, Micki Gurevitch.
Making their CU debut are Aviv Ivgi with Animus, Hillel Kogan with After the Bolero and Maya Levi with Sun Network, a project that started at the Ma'abada in Jerusalem. It's also notable that much of the music, in many cases a sound collage rather than melody, is local and original.
Ivgi started his choreographic career in New York where he studied at the Alvin Ailey Dance School. Back in Israel, his local career began with a bang by winning first prize at the International Street Theater Festival. Animus presents three strangers in a strange place trying to find something in common among extremes of being.
In After the Bolero, Kogan employs humor to make points about freedom. He began dance choreography at 22 and has choreographed both locally and abroad. In Sun Network, which addresses both conformity and the right to be different, there is a very original mind at work. Levi has been working independently since 2003, teaches at her alma mater, the School of Visual Theater and curates the Dance Arena festival.
The remaining choreographers/dancers have all appeared at CU and have won numerous prizes for their work both here and abroad.
"There was a fight to keep Curtain Up," said Arts and Culture Authority head Micha Yinon, whose department faces yet more cuts to the minuscule budget accorded culture, less than 0.1 percent of the whole. But fighting like a tiger, Yinon has managed not only to keep the dance budget intact, but has won a further NIS 3 million from the Treasury in order to nurture the coming generation of dance-makers. The budget for Curtain Up, that Yinon considers of primary importance to local dance, is NIS 1 m.
Curtain Up takes place at the Suzanne Dellal Center in Tel Aviv from November 14 - 23 and at the Ma'abada (near the old train station) in Jerusalem from November 26-28. - Helen Kaye
Rowling 'outs' Dumbledore
With author J.K. Rowling's revelation that master wizard Albus Dumbledore is gay, some passages about the Hogwarts headmaster and rival wizard Gellert Grindelwald have taken on a new and clearer meaning.
The British author stunned her fans at Carnegie Hall on Friday night when she answered one young reader's question about Dumbledore by saying that he was gay and had been in love with Grindelwald, whom he had defeated years ago in a bitter fight.
The news brought gasps, then applause at Carnegie Hall, the last stop on Rowling's brief US tour, and set off thousands of e-mails on Potter fan Web sites around the world. Some were dismayed, others indifferent, but most were supportive.
Potter readers had speculated about Dumbledore, noting that he has no close relationship with women and a mysterious, troubled past. - AP
TA's Mann Auditorium celebrates 50
The Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra (IPO) and conductor Zubin Mehta will celebrate half a century since Tel Aviv's Mann Auditorium first opened its doors. Top notch performers and artists from around the world have graced the institution's stage in the years since.
On Saturday evening, October 27 at 8:30p.m. the IPO will recreate the opening night performance, which starred musical heavyweights Leonard Bernstein, Arthur Rubinstein and Isaac Stern. - Miriam A. Shaviv