Tsujii set the feet stamping…a music review by Fraser Beath McEwing

May 23, 2017 by  

Japanese pianist, Nobuyuki Tsujii, sent the usually reserved Sydney Recital Hall audience into rapturous applause last night, and it wasn’t because he has been able to totally conquer the restrictions of blindness from birth. Read more

From matzo balls to footballs

May 18, 2017 by  

Yvette Wroby has written a love story about family and footy, a story which involves both matzo balls and footballs. Read more

Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

May 18, 2017 by  

Shlemazel* is the best Yiddish word to describe Norman.

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The Sense of an Ending – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

May 16, 2017 by  

British actors can do grumpy old men really well, and the protagonist here is very good at it.

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Don’t Tell – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

May 14, 2017 by  

Paedophilia may not sound like the subject for a night out at the movies, but director Tori Garrett has created a compelling Australian tale of lost innocence.

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Whiteley – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

May 8, 2017 by  

“Somewhere between struggle and rage there’s IT” said Brett Whiteley in this documentary charting his life, work and death.

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Dunera Boy still working in steel…at 101

May 8, 2017 by  

Former Dunera Boy, abstract sculptor Erwin Fabian, continues to work his magic with steel.  Seven of his large metal sculptures have been unveiled at an exhibition in Sydney.  Read more

Forbidden Music: Composers banned by the Third Reich

May 4, 2017 by  

Continuing a series by Stevie Whitmont of music banned by the Nazis…this month features Bertholdt Goldschmidt (1903-1996). Read more

The Zookeeper’s Wife: A movie review by James Berardinelli

Not every movie about the Holocaust is expected to be on the same high level as Sophie’s Choice or Schindler’s List, but (especially when the source material is factual) more is expected than the familiar melodrama and faux tension delivered by Niki Caro’s The Zookeeper’s Wife. Read more

Mozart with differences: Fraser Beath McEwing report from New York

April 21, 2017 by  

My reviews usually come from the Sydney Opera House but this time I’m reporting from Carnegie Hall in New York on a J-Wire special assignment. Read more

Klezmatics and David Krakauer heading to Australia

April 16, 2017 by  

In news for lovers of Jewish music, Sydney is set to thrill to a double dose of the finest international world music stars in the genre. Read more

Forbidden Music: Composers banned by the Third Reich

April 7, 2017 by  

Continuing a series by Stevie Whitmont of music banned by the Nazis…this month features Adolf Busch (1891-1952).  Read more

A night of rich rewards…a music review by Fraser Beath McEwing

March 30, 2017 by  

A blend of Johannes Brahms and Richard Strauss provided an uplifting SSO concert last night. I dips me lid to the programmers. Read more

A history of Jews in the military

March 26, 2017 by  

Mark Dapin’s new book Jewish Anzacs: Jews in the Australian Military will be released next month. Read more

Land of Mine – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

March 22, 2017 by  

A story about removal of land mines doesn’t make for easy viewing but this fine film is more about hope than hell.

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Uncommon music for the common man…a music review by Fraser Beath McEwing

March 15, 2017 by  

Calling its program ‘Symphony for the Common Man’, the SSO presented music by Ford, Rachmaninov and Copeland in an interesting mix of Australian, Russian and American composers. Read more

“Smitten by Catherine”: A book review by Ron Jontof-Hutter

March 15, 2017 by  

Henry Lew has written a colourful book about Catherine da Costa bringing to life the times in which she lived and describing her world in interesting and compelling detail. Read more

Local Sydney theatre company presents Australian premiere of a hilarious new Broadway show.

March 13, 2017 by  

IT SHOULDA BEEN YOU is a hilarious and wild, musical farce with blushing brides, nervous grooms, overbearing mums, unexpected guests, and plenty of crazy twists and turns. It’s the funniest wedding you will ever go to… and it’s coming to the Independent Theatre, North Sydney from 31 March!  Read more

Mount Scopus to stage Mary Poppins

March 9, 2017 by  

Mount Scopus College is proud to present the Victorian school premiere production of Mary Poppins. Read more

They stood and cheered…a music review by Fraser Beath McEwing

After hearing Russian pianist, Daniil Trifonov play Rachmaninov’s First Piano Concerto last week in the Opera House, I eagerly anticipated his solo recital last night. I came away not just impressed, but gobsmacked, writes Fraser Beath McEwing. Read more

Marvellous Melbourne

March 5, 2017 by  

For the sixth year in a row, Melbourne has topped The Economist’s list of the world’s most livable cities. In MARVELLOUS MELBOURNE, its Art and Soul Exhibition, twenty-seven prominent Victorian artists capture the City’s uniqueness in a delightful array of paintings, drawings, prints & photographic artworks. Read more

Forbidden Music: Composers banned by the Third Reich

March 4, 2017 by  

Continuing a series by Stevie Whitmont of music banned by the Nazis…this month features Marcel Tyberg. Read more

The Laden Table

March 3, 2017 by  

The independent theatre company known for taking daring risks, Sydney’s bAKEHOUSE Theatre Company, will kick off their 2017 season with a powerful world-premiere, The Laden Table, written and developed by a collective of Jewish, Muslim and Christian women in response to ‘dinner table racism’. Read more

The Russian boys get together: a music review

The APT Master Series opened its SSO 2017 season at the Sydney Opera House with a cleverly conceived and superbly executed concert dominated by Russians…writes Fraser Beath McEwing. Read more

Miss Sloane: a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

March 1, 2017 by  

In the high-stakes world of political power-brokers, Elizabeth Sloane (Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty) is a ruthless Washington D.C. lobbyist.  Known for her successful track record, she will do whatever it takes to win.

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Kosher Theatresports: more laughs than you could poke a shtick at!

February 21, 2017 by  

In what was the closest finish ever seen in 22 years of Kosher Theatresports at Sydney’s Bondi Pavilion Theatre. Read more

The lion was let out…a music review by FraserBeath McEwing

February 19, 2017 by  

I enthusiastically joined an almost full house at the Sydney Opera House to hear the embedded grand organ played – as I have occasionally done in the past – but nothing prepared me for uplift and grandeur produced by English-born, Australian-educated organist, Joseph Nolan…writes Fraser Beath McEwing. Read more

Meet Karen Feldman

February 19, 2017 by  

Karen Feldman’s Mazl is in Yiddish Songs, a journey she has taken over many years…now finally recorded on a CD, remotely collaborated with musical director Adam Starr and musical arranger John Sharpley. A video interview. Read more

Forbidden Music: Composers banned by the Third Reich

February 12, 2017 by  

Continuing a series by Stevie Whitmont of music banned by the Nazis…this month features Arnold Schoenberg. Read more

Silence – a movie review by Glen Falkenstein

February 12, 2017 by  

Silence is about as far as you’ll get from Hollywood fare in a February release from an A-list director. Read more

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