Barbra Streisand performs during Marvin Hamlisch tribute 370.
(photo credit: REUTERS/Lucas Jackson)
Barbra Streisand called Israel “a shining beacon of hope in the world,” ahead of
her arrival in three weeks for two performances and an appearance honoring
President Shimon Peres on his 90th birthday.
In a promotional interview
released on the eve of the debut concert of her new tour that took place
Saturday night in London, Streisand praised the Hebrew University of Jerusalem,
where she will be granted an honorary doctor of philosophy degree on June
“Of course I thought of my father [when I was told of the award],”
she said. “It was my great honor to dedicate the Emanuel Streisand Building at
Hebrew University many years ago. The thing that I love most about the
university is that people of all faiths and philosophies are welcome to study
The 70-year-old singing and film star said that the audiences who
attend her two shows at Bloomfield Stadium in Jaffa on June 20 and 22 will be in
for a treat.
“I’ve given this a lot of thought and I do have something
special planned,” she said.
At Saturday night’s London show, Streisand
and her 60-piece orchestra performed 23 songs, including standards “On A Clear
Day” and “People.”
Streisand is one of the most commercially and
critically successful entertainers of the past 50 years, with more than 140
million records sold, two Academy awards, eight Grammy awards and five Emmy
Joining her onstage will be special guest trumpeter Chris Botti,
along with duets with her son Jason Gould and her sister Roslyn Kind.
just try to put together a wonderful show for the audience and in this
particular instance it’s a delight for me to have my family along, my very
gifted son Jason and my sister Rozzie,” said Streisand. “I also love having a
60-piece orchestra and a big choir and working again with the amazing Chris
The Los Angeles Times
wrote that the show “put the audience
immediately under the spell of her folksy grandiosity.”
just a star, she’s a world view, a style of being, an entire cosmology, with the
highest possible thread count sheets. You don’t just come for the music; you come
for the whole church service. The sermon, broken up into bits, is inseparable
from the songs,” the paper wrote.