Kudos to Gad Elbaz, the Israeli singer, for lighting up the streets of Paris in song, dance and joy. Mr. Elbaz released his video, Hava Nagila, on March 15, 2015, just over two months after the inglorious attacks against life, free speech and free religion at the Paris office of Charlie Hebdo, the French satirical magazine, and at Hyper Cacher, the kosher supermarket. This is also the same day that Hyper Cacher reopened for business since the attacks.
We sing the masterpiece of art that is inside us (the mirror, for a believer as I am, of the wonder of creation), we celebrate the beauty that we can grow and live every day.” — Andrea Bocelli
Great interview with Andrea Bocelli by Robin Leach in the Las Vegas Sun News:
Q+A: Andrea Bocelli talks Las Vegas, touring, Celine Dion and the importance of opera [Las Vegas Sun News; Dec. 2, 2013].
Andrea Bocelli received a Master’s Degree in Vocal Performance on Tuesday, October 22, 2013, from the Giacomo Puccini Conservatory in La Spezia, Italy. His CD/DVD, Love in Portofino, was released the same day. The 55-year-old Italian tenor also has a degree in Law from the University of Pisa.
Bocelli Gets Master’s Degree in Vocal Performance [Italy Magazine; October 26, 2013]
The UK Daily Mail reports that rumors abound of a planned July 21, 2013, wedding of legendary music entertainer Tina Turner, 73, and her long-time companion Erwin Bach, 57, a German-born record producer. The couple has lived together in Switzerland for more than 15 years. The New York Post reports that the wedding will take place at their home at Lake Zurich. A celebration may be in the works at their second home, on the French Riviera. The bride’s dress is reportedly being designed by Giorgio Armani, who is also expected to be a wedding guest.
What’s AGE got to do with it? Tina Turner, 73, expected to marry toyboy Erwin Bach this month (UK Daily Mail; July 12, 2013)
The senior senator from Utah, Orrin Hatch, has written a Chanukah song!
Senator Hatch has written many other songs, including “Heal Our Land,” which was performed at the second inauguration of President George W. Bush.
Hanukkah Hey Ya! by Smooth-E (aka Eric Schwartz) went flash mob on Ben Yehuda Street in Jerusalem on November 20, 2009, organized by Nefesh B’Nefesh. Catch the video:
“Omaggio a Roma” is Maestro Franco Zeffirelli’s film tribute to Rome, the Eternal City. This video clip features stunning cinematography, and an inspired performance by Andrea Bocelli.