Israeli orchestra drops female singer after pressure from Orthodox subscribers
Summary of story from Haaretz, October 8, 2011
Bowing to pressure from religious subscribers, the Israel Andalusian Orchestra has removed a concert from its subscription series featuring a female singer.
In an announcement to subscribers regarding the new concert season, the orchestra management said that, as some members of the public did not listen to women singers, it could offer the concert featuring a woman singer as a separate option.
Many observant Orthodox Jewish men refrain from listening to women sing, as a violation of Jewish religious law, halakha.
Haaretz has learned that the orchestra received complaints from concertgoers who threatened to cancel their subscriptions over the woman singer featured in the subscription series.
The concert that engendered the controversy is scheduled for January and features three women: Morocco-based singer Francoise Atlan, cellist Rali Margalit and conductor Eti Tevel. It is the only one with a female singer on the program.