My first transgender concert

My first transgender concert


norman lebrecht

September 16, 2018

I shall be in Zikhron Yaakov this afternoon for a performance of Away From Me by Boaz Ben-Moshe.

It is described as ‘a transgender cycle for soprano, flute, bassoon, guitar piano and electronics’.

It is 50 minutes long.

The composer, who will play electric guitar, is a professor at the Rubin Academy in Jerusalem. The recital is part of the 21st festival of Israeli music.

I have no idea what to expect.


  • Malcolm James says:

    Any, pray, what does Netanyahu have to do with this.

    • Robert Groen says:

      He’s wiping away a tear. One of his shady deals must have fallen through. As for the music, I hope Mr. Lebrecht came back with an explanation of what transgender music actually is. Is it audibly transgender? Visibly? Performed by transgenders? Written by transgenders? After all that, who cares?

  • Caravaggio says:

    Can’t imagine what folks would say of an announcement that went: ‘heterosexual-cisgender cycle for soprano, flute, bassoon, guitar, piano and electronics’.

  • Bogdan Woremoff says:

    Me, I’m Butch. Number 14 on the officially recognized NY city list of 31 genders.

  • Doug says:

    Male rapist who identifies as female, placed in all female prison, proceeds to rape females.

    And you cover your ears when someone dares to utter the simple truth: “transgenderism is a mental illness.” But this story below begs the question, who is really mentally ill, those who claim to be transgendered or thosw who believe them?

  • william osborne says:

    The photo is an apt depiction of the quandary Netanyahu faces. Orthodox political forces occupy a large part of his government, and yet while there is some variation in the views, Orthodox Judaism generally prohibits homosexual conduct. Historically, some acts were punishable by death.

    Israel has quite progressive laws concerning homosexuality, hence the political tensions created by the growing political power of Orthodox factions.

    A one-state solution could be problematic since homosexuality is condemned by many Islamic societies, though not always. Turkey legalized homosexuality in1858, and the modern Republic continued those laws when it was founded in 1923.

    Same-sex activity only became legal in all jurisdictions in the USA in 2003 pursuant to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Lawrence v. Texas.

    Anyway, I suspect Netanyahu is in a hot seat on this issue.