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Michael Feinstein speaks with the Jewish News during a publicity tour
for the now canceled concert at Detroit's Fox Theatre.
was the Jewish Federation of
However, the concert was not an offi-
cial Federation event, said a staff mem-
ber who asked not to be identified.
"The Philharmonic asked us if we could
get the word out because they weren't
selling enough tickets. We couldn't
sponsor it, because it was on Shabbos."
With a seating capacity of 5,000, the
Fox Theatre has been known to cancel
events due to low ticket sales. Neither
Ticketmaster nor Olympia
Entertainment, the promoter of the IPO
concert in Detroit, would comment on
how many tickets had been sold.
Ponsot, addressing the issue of
whether the concert tour was canceled
prematurely, said, "It's been my experi-
ence that some concerts sell best in the
last two weeks to 10 days beforehand.
"The tour was conceived as an
opportunity to bring Israel's national
orchestra to 4-le United States at a
time when Isiael needs our support
The Israel Cbnnection
One of the most acclaimed inter-
preters of American popular song,
Feinstein has produced 18 CDs. His
most recent, Michael Feinstein with the
Israel Philharmonic (Concord Records;
$17.98), marks the first time the 45-
year-old singer/pianist has recorded
with a symphony orchestra.
And, he said in a recent interview with
the Jewish News, recording the CD in
April 2002 marked his first visit to Israel.
"Israel was an amazing experience,"
Masada was the most moving place
he visited, he said, "because it's living
history. It still exists in a way that really
helped me visualize what went on there.
"More so even than Jerusalem, Masada
made me feel pride in being a Jew."
Feinstein, who was raised in
Columbus, Ohio, said his parents had
been "very concerned that their child
should have a proper education in
Judaism, but in a liberal sense.
"Their attitude was, 'This is what
we want you to learn • — it's up to you
what you do with it.'
- "Like many others, I'd call myself a
cultural Jew. I am glad to be part of
such a beautiful culture, filled with such
richness-, humor, strength and heart."
The Feinstein/IPO CD includes
such songs as Irving Berlin's "How
Deep Is The Ocean," Ted Koehler and
Harold Arlen's "Stormy Weather" and
Stephen Sondheim and Leonard
The singer said the lyrics of
"Somewhere," from the musical West
Side Story, have a special resonance for
him in the light of the violence that
has plagued the Middle East.
"There's a place for us, somewhere a
place for us," the song begins, "peace
and quiet and open air, wait for us,
"I want to dedicate this song to the
children of the region —Arabs,
Palestinians and Jews," Feinstein said.
"The young people in Israel I met
through Seeds of Peace have shown
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