Jewish-American singer Barbra Streisand landed in Israel on Sunday evening ahead of her debut Israeli performances at the Bloomfield Stadium on June 20 and 22 in Jaffa as part of the Israeli Presidential Conference.
Stepping off the airplane in the early evening, Streisand wore a white jacket, pants and hat, and cradled her pet coton de Tulear dog in her hands as she walked down the stairs.
While in Israel, Streisand will stay at the King David Hotel in Jerusalem, where the likes of U.S. President Barack Obama have stayed.
Streisand’s two shows in Tel Aviv are expected to attract a total of 32,000 fans. Tickets for the shows on June 20 and 22 are being advertised as starting at NIS 1,100, with VIP entrance costing NIS 3,400.
Streisand arrived in Israel after a concert tour of five European cities: London, Amsterdam, Paris, Cologne and Berlin.
One of the most successful entertainers of all time, Streisand has sold some 72.5 million albums in the United States. In February, she performed at the Academy Awards for the first time in 36 years, and is fondly remembered for her role in the 1983 film adaptation of Isaac Bashevis Singer’s “Yentl.”
Streisand was supposed to perform in Israel in 2008 for celebrations marking the country’s 60th Independence Day but pulled out of the event, citing personal reasons.
She was also one of the big-name guests slated to appear at a festive Jerusalem convention hosted by President Shimon Peres in May of that year, where she was to perform a rendition of the Hebrew prayer Avinu Malkeinu (Our Father, Our King). But she notified the Israeli government roughly a month before that event that she would not be able to attend due to unspecified personal obligations, according to her spokesman, Dick Guttman.
Singer and YouTube sensation Psy will perform in Israel this summer, Army Radio reported on Friday. According to the report, Psy will perform in Tel Aviv and Eilat in the end of July, and will be paid 250,000 dollars by the Israeli producers
Last December, the video for “Gangnam Style” became the most watched item on YouTube with more than 1.5 billion hits, and Psy’s horse-riding moves sparked an international dance craze. In “Gangnam Style”, written as a commentary on materialism in the wealthy Seoul suburb of Gangnam, Psy was decked out in sunglasses, a white dress shirt, bow tie and tuxedo jackets.
The song racked up 3.59 million digital sales last year in the United States and Canada, according to Nielsen SoundScan and Nielsen BDS, putting it ninth in the best-selling list. It was third on Amazon’s MP3 song bestseller list for 2012.
Two weeks before her arrival for two historical performances in Israel, Yedioth Ahronoth has learned that Barbra Streisand is planning to sing in Hebrew as well.
A senior source involved in the production of the legendary American singer’s concert tours confirmed to the paper that she was preparing a surprise for her Israeli audience: A song or two in the local language.
Streisand, 71, will give two concerts in Tel Aviv-Jaffa’s Bloomfield Stadium, on June 20 and June 22. This will be the first time the Jewish star performs in Israel. Streisand suffered from stage fright for many years and refused to go on concert tours around the world, in spite of her huge popularity.
The visit to Israel is particularly significant as Streisand will be celebrating the 100th performance in her career in Tel Aviv.
A source involved the show’s production said the singer was very excited by that fact and was planning a special surprise for the Israeli audience – a song in Hebrew, possibly Israel’s national anthem, “Hatikva,” which she first sang in 1978.
Streisand is arriving for a particularly long visit. During her 10-day stay in Israel, she will meet with President Shimon Peres, receive an honorary doctor of philosophy degree from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and tour the country.
The legendary Jewish actress and singer Barbra Streisand will receive an honorary doctor of philosophy degree from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem during her visit to Israel next month.
In a statement released Monday, The Hebrew University said Streisand will be presented with the doctorate in recognition of her “professional achievements, outstanding humanitarianism, leadership in the realm of human and civil rights, and dedication to Israel and the Jewish people”.
Prof. Menahem Ben-Sasson, president of the Hebrew University, stated: “Barbra Streisand’s transcendent talent is matched by her passionate concern for equality and opportunity for people of every gender and background. Equally important, her love of Israel and her Jewish heritage are reflected in so many aspects of her life and career. We are deeply proud to honor an individual who exemplifies these values which we at the Hebrew University share and uphold.”
A proponent of education, Streisand established the Emanuel Streisand Building for Jewish Studies on the University’s Mount Scopus campus in 1984. She dedicated the building in memory of her father, Emanuel.
Streisand will make her debut performance in Israel this June, acceding to the request of President Shimon Peres to be the opening act at the fifth Israeli Presidential Conference. She will perform before a total of 40,000 audience members in two performances in mid-June at Tel Aviv’s Bloomfield Stadium.
One of the best-selling musicians of all time, Streisand has sold some 72.5 million records in the United States. In February, she performed at the Oscars for the first time in 36 years, and is fondly remembered for her role in the 1983 film adaptation of Isaac Bashevis Singer’s “Yentl” (1983).