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From November 16, 2006...
Guitarist David Starobin has helped redefine the classical guitar repertoire. He's an advocate of contemporary music and more than three-hundred works have been dedicated to him. He's also founder of Bridge Records, a small independent label dedicated to contemporary music. This weekend, Starobin plays two works for guitar with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra. He spoke with WBHM's Michael Krall about contemporary music. He began the conversation talking about the the first work he'll play, "Paganini Variations" by Danish composer Poul Ruders...
Guitarist David Starobin performs works by Poul Ruders and Manuel Ponce with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra this weekend as part of the Masterworks series.
Jews have lived in the south since the late 17th Century. As recently as 1820, more Jews lived in Charleston, South Carolina than in New York City. But today, many southern Jewish congregations are too small to have a rabbi of their own. According to the Institute for Southern Jewish Life, more than a third of southern congregations don't have full-time rabbinic leadership. To help fill the need, the Institute has employed a traveling rabbi. Reporter Philip Graitcer caught up with Rabbi Deborah Kassoff on the road.
Reporter Philip Graitcer. Rabbi Deborah Kassoff recently left for a position in Massachusetts, but the new traveling rabbi, Batsheva Appel - has been making her rounds -- most recently visiting Simchat Torah in Auburn, Alabama.
As you're cleaning house and scrambling to gather ingredients for Thanksgiving dinner, it may be hard to keep the holiday in perspective. Commentator Cheryl-Anne Millsap has this reflection on an enduring lesson she learned from a neighbor long ago.
Commentator Cheryl-Anne Millsap is a former Birminghamer -- who's now a columnist for the Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Washington.
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The Exhibit(s) like to tell you that they're capable of whirling you into a dervish, depending upon their condition at the time of performance - and, of course, yours. The band's already dizzied some cable audiences, having their music featured in a zombie flick written by drummer Chance Shirley for the Sci-Fi network. Their self-identified passive-aggressive rock mixes Eric McGinty's so-called "inventive guitar" with Shirley's eccentric percussion for a beat that prolongs the whirling. No stranger to Tapestry, these are The Exhibit(s) and their new song, "Line". (AUDIO MONTAGE)
Tapestry is produced by Tanya Ott, Michael Krall and Hunter Bell. Francesca Rosko tracks community events. Additional reporting this week from Philip Graitcer and Cheryl-Anne Millsap. I'm Greg Bass and we'll see you next week.