Barbra Streisand to perform at Peres’ 90th birthday

Despite several personal visits, June 18 appearance will be legendary singer’s first official show in Israel

Barbra Streisand performing at the 2013 Oscar ceremony (photo credit: screen capture/Youtube)
Barbra Streisand performing at the 2013 Oscar ceremony (photo credit: screen capture/Youtube)

Legendary Jewish-American singer and actress Barbra Streisand is set to perform in Israel on June 18 at the opening ceremony of Shimon Peres’s annual Presidential Conference, which will also honor his 90th birthday.

Streisand, 70, has visited multiple times and is known as a supporter of Israel, but her June 18 appearance will mark her first official performance in the Jewish state.

According to a Mako report, her visit will occur during a rare European tour organized by concert promoter Live Nation, a company that has a working relationship with Israeli promoter Shuki Weiss, leading to speculation that Streisand will also perform at a larger, public venue.

Israeli fans and various promoters have attempted several times to organize a performance by Streisand at a large venue, such as the Ramat Gan Stadium or the Caesarea Amphitheater, without success.

“I tried to bring her to Israel, alone and with other producers, and it was always difficult… [They wanted] very large sums of money,” a veteran concert promoter told Mako. “It seems that this time, according to the circumstances, it fell on Shuki Weiss [to do it].”

Weiss, who has been responsible for bringing many international acts to Israel, including upcoming visits by Depeche Mode and Alicia Keys, issued a statement Monday saying that “if there is anything to announce, we will.”

Streisand is one of the best-selling artists of all time, with 140 million records sold worldwide since she began her career in the early 1960s, and has also had a distinguished acting career in movies, television and the stage. In 2012 she issued her 33rd studio recording, “Release Me,” and embarked on a successful world tour, only her fifth major tour since 1966.

The Israeli Presidential Conference, which runs June 18-20, attracts some 4,500 attendees and features 200 leaders in their fields, including former heads of state, academics, scientists, journalists and artists.

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