Leonard Cohen Tribute Concert, Los Angeles, Dec 4, 2011

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Leonard Cohen Tribute Concert, Los Angeles, Dec 4, 2011

Postby bridger15 on Tue Dec 06, 2011 4:23 am

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Two Icons, Sharon Robinson and Perla Batalla perform at Leonard Cohen tribute concert

I was so excited yesterday to meet up again with both of these wonderfully talented singers at a Leonard Cohen tribute concert in Los Angeles.

I have never seen a photo of Sharon and Perla together. So, I just had to share these photos right away.

Consider this a preview of more to come. I have a bunch of short video clips of most performers to process. And it is taking longer than anticipated. YouTube limitations are not kind.

More posts about the tribute concert to follow.

Stay tuned...

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Re: Leonard Cohen Tribute Concert, Los Angeles, Dec 4, 2011

Postby MaryB on Tue Dec 06, 2011 12:19 pm

I am positively green with envy Arlene! Another fortuitous moment for you - hoorah!
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Re: Leonard Cohen Tribute Concert, Los Angeles, Dec 4, 2011

Postby Mabeanie1 on Tue Dec 06, 2011 1:17 pm

Lucky you Arlene. And beautiful pictures of you all!

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Re: Leonard Cohen Tribute Concert, Los Angeles, Dec 4, 2011

Postby anneporter on Tue Dec 06, 2011 1:25 pm

Wonderful, Arlene!
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Re: Leonard Cohen Tribute Concert, Los Angeles, Dec 4, 2011

Postby mutti on Tue Dec 06, 2011 5:53 pm

Beautiful photos Arlene! How lucky you were to hear both Perla and Sharon singing in one night.
Looking forward to your report.
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Re: Leonard Cohen Tribute Concert, Los Angeles, Dec 4, 2011

Postby musicmania on Tue Dec 06, 2011 7:26 pm

Nice one Arlene. Delighted you were there and love your photos :D
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Re: Leonard Cohen Tribute Concert, Los Angeles, Dec 4, 2011

Postby bridger15 on Wed Dec 07, 2011 5:46 am

Event info

The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles held an event called "Imagining Our Future, A day of Jewish learning and culture".
on December 4, 2011 from 12 noon to 6pm (the concert actually ended closer to 6:30 PM)

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The closing concert was billed as "A Celebration of the Words and Music of Leonard Cohen.

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Stage list

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Re: Leonard Cohen Tribute Concert, Los Angeles, Dec 4, 2011

Postby Joe Way on Wed Dec 07, 2011 5:21 pm

Dear Arlene,
That looks like a fantastic program. We are so happy that you were able to attend.

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Re: Leonard Cohen Tribute Concert, Los Angeles, Dec 4, 2011

Postby bridger15 on Wed Dec 07, 2011 7:23 pm

Joe Way wrote:That looks like a fantastic program. We are so happy that you were able to attend.

I almost didn't go. I couldn't handle that long an event. So I called ahead and found out the registration desk (name tag, lanyard etc) would be open well into the day. So I arrived in time for the last break out session and the final LC tribute concert. :D

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Re: Leonard Cohen Tribute Concert, Los Angeles, Dec 4, 2011

Postby bridger15 on Wed Dec 07, 2011 7:43 pm

Sharon Robinson - Alexandra Leaving

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Son Michael, Sharon, hubby Greg Gold

I arrived early at the concert, as is my wont, to snag a seat with a good view,. I was lucky that the performers were sitting in the first two rows (maybe following a sound check?). I easily spotted Sharon and Greg and was introduced to their son Michael.

Sharon looked radiant and stunning as always.

She was so elegant and charming as she is with everyone. My old crush Greg was a delight. (Greg won my heart in Las Vegas after the final concert.) And Michael was an engaging young man. I had seen Michael from afar on the Leonard Cohen world tour but never met him before this.

Well, I must say, this is one power family. So wonderful, all of them.

I was able to get a video of Sharon singing Alexandra Leaving. It was so moving. The words, music, imagery and Sharon's soulful voice touched me deeply.

It has been a long time favourite and I yearned to hear it on tour. But that didn't happen.

So it was a great treat to be there to hear Sharon sing it live...just for me.

http://youtu.be/C4wyVEh6Z2A

Note: all during the concert, there was a slideshow screen on the side of the stage with continuous looping of Leonard Cohen photos. Some of the pics had LC quotes as well. You will see one of these in Sharon's video.

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Re: Leonard Cohen Tribute Concert, Los Angeles, Dec 4, 2011

Postby yahnis on Wed Dec 07, 2011 11:43 pm

Dear Arlene,beside the fact that I am in love with Cohen songs I am also fan of Lisa Edelstein! Can you please to share here video of her perfomanse,if you have it. It will be so kind of you and all russian fandom of show "House" will be so grateful! Thank you!
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Re: Leonard Cohen Tribute Concert, Los Angeles, Dec 4, 2011

Postby bridger15 on Thu Dec 08, 2011 5:14 am

yahnis wrote:Dear Arlene,beside the fact that I am in love with Cohen songs I am also fan of Lisa Edelstein! Can you please to share here video of her perfomanse,if you have it. It will be so kind of you and all russian fandom of show "House" will be so grateful! Thank you!

I will check my clips and let you know.

By sheer coincidence, I do have one photo of Lisa Edelstein. The lady next to me (a stranger) asked if I would take a photo of her with Lisa.
And here it is.

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UPDATE: I did find two clips and put them together for you
Lisa Edelstein's welcome speech, followed by a recitation of ARGUMENT (Book of Longing)
http://youtu.be/lNWQNJKcli4
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Re: Leonard Cohen Tribute Concert, Los Angeles, Dec 4, 2011

Postby yahnis on Thu Dec 08, 2011 11:26 am

WoW! Thank you a lot! My friends in Russia and Israel very excited! You made our day! We are all missing Lisa Edelstein on #House! And we are so glad to see her on pics and video. For me personally it's very interesting coincidence, that she participate in this event,because I am jewish woman from Israel,I am in love with Cohen songs, and I'm adoring Lisa Edelshtein. So I get all things together-lucky me! Thank you very very much!
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Re: Leonard Cohen Tribute Concert, Los Angeles, Dec 4, 2011

Postby bridger15 on Thu Dec 08, 2011 2:46 pm

Joshua Malina recited Leonard Cohen's poem "Babylon" (By The Rivers Dark)

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Joshua Malina (Will Bailey on "The West Wing") and Arlene

In his intro remarks, he mentioned that the Rabbi and Cantor at his synagogue are also huge fans of Leonard Cohen.
They have set the Hallel prayer to the tune of Hallelujah.

Hallel (Praise) consists of a group of Psalms which is chanted for praise and thanksgiving on joyous occasions.

Malina's son asked him why they were praying to that song from Shrek?
The Shrek/Hallelujah connection was mentioned several times during the concert by different performers.

http://youtu.be/vioXU3ocFhI

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Re: Leonard Cohen Tribute Concert, Los Angeles, Dec 4, 2011

Postby bridger15 on Fri Dec 09, 2011 12:50 pm

Perla Batalla sang "Bird On The Wire"

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Photo: Marvin Steindler Photography

At the Leonard Cohen tribute concert, we were treated to a fantastic rendition of "Bird On The Wire" beautifully performed by Perla Batalla.

In her intro, she told a story about Leonard Cohen once asking her to sing "Bird On The Wire" at a concert he was giving for a special person...teacher...master.

"But that's your song. I only know the la, la's and the ah, ah's."

LC insisted she do it.

So with a friend who plays guitar, she practiced singing it for days until she felt confident.

One day she said to the friend, "Today I own this song".

Her friend responded,, "No, this song owns you."

http://youtu.be/_gUodIEztfg

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