Arts in Brief: May 24

Italian oboist to conduct JBO; Bieber leads Billboard Awards; rocking planetarium show arrives in TA.

Justin Bieber 311 (photo credit: Avihai Levy)
Justin Bieber 311
(photo credit: Avihai Levy)
Italian oboist to conduct JBO
Virtuoso oboist Alfredo Bernardini will conduct the Jerusalem Baroque Orchestra in the capital and Tel Aviv and will hold master classes at the Israel (Stricker) Conservatory of Music. Bernardini, one of today’s leading European oboists and Baroque artists, is known as both a soloist and a member of the award-winning Ensemble Zefiro, as well as a conductor and researcher, and is in great demand throughout the world.
“The concert program is dedicated to the transitional period between the Baroque and the Classical period – that is the music written at around 1750 or just after that,” explains Bernardini.
“I think that music of the 18th century is a wonderful type of music, because it is beautiful and speaks to emotions, which we still experience in the 21st century - and I hope always will.”
The concerts will take place tonight at 8:30 p.m. at the YMCA, Jerusalem, (02) 623-700; and Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. at Einav Cultural Center, Tel Aviv, (03) 546-6228.
Maxim Reider
Bieber leads Billboard Awards NEW YORK (Reuters) – Eminem and teen idol Justin Bieber dominated the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday, winning six awards each with the 38-year-old rapper taking the top honor for artist of the year.
Katy Perry won awards for top hot 100 artist and top digital songs, while British singer-songwriter Taio Cruz won the top hot 100 song of the year for his hit, “Dynamite.”
“Need You Now,” by Lady Antebellum won country song of the year. The title track from their second album introduced the group from Nashville, Tennessee to audiences worldwide and is now the most-downloaded country song ever, according to Billboard.
Taylor Swift, 21, who has swept music award shows in the past several years, won country artist of the year. She sold 1,047,000 first-week copies of her third album Speak Now in the United States last November, making it the fastest-selling new album in five years.
Accepting the top duo or group award for the Black Eyed Peas, Will.i.Am singled out “technology because without technology we wouldn’t be here as an industry.”
Beyonce was honored with the Millennium Award for her musical influence and hailed as a role model for women.
Neil Diamond, 70, won the icon award before performing his 1969 hit, “Sweet Caroline.”
Rocking planetarium show arrives in TA
Remember Lazer Floyd, the psychedelic rock laser show launched in the 1970s featuring the music of Pink Floyd? Well, meet the 21st century version of Lazer Floyd in SonicVision, a space-age laser planetarium show that claims to take the concept to an entirely new level.
The 40-minute show, with a theme of ‘how do you see your music?,’ was first created for New York’s American Museum of Natural History’s Hayden Planetarium in collaboration with electronic music pioneer Moby and MTV2.
The show combines futuristic visuals that pulsate to the rhythms of high-energy music via a soundtrack mixed by Moby, and featuring his songs as well as tunes from Radiohead, U2, David Bowie, Coldplay, Queens of the Stone Age, Prodigy, The Flaming Lips, David Byrne and Brian Eno, Goldfrapp, Zwan, and White Zombie.
SonicVision will be screened three times daily every Thursday in June at the Eretz Israel Museum planetarium at 8:30 p.m., 9:15 p.m., and 11 p.m. For more info visit
• David Brinn