From Ghetto to Capella: Interfaith Exchanges in the Music of Baroque Italy

1 East 65th Street
16 Feb 2017

The early-music series Salon/Sanctuary Concerts, in conjunction with the Carnegie Hall La Serenissima Festival, offers a program of unaccompanied Hebrew chants and music of Strozzi, S. Rossi, and B. Marcello, among others, illustrating a vibrant dialogue during a time of great oppression—a cross-fertilization of musical ideas and cultures between Venice’s Jews and Catholics that traversed the forbidding walls of the city’s Jewish ghetto.

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Salon/Sanctuary Concerts in conjunction with the Carnegie Hall La Serenissima Festival and NYU Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò

Jessica Gould, soprano & Noa Frenkel, contraltoDiego Cantalupi, luteJames Waldo, viola da gambaDavide Pozzi, harpsichordMost recently presented at the Teatro all'Antica di Sabbioneta and the Great Synagogue of Florence, Italy, we are honored to partner with Carnegie Hall's La Serenissima Festival, the Temple Emanu-El Streicker Center, and NYU Casa Italiana Zerilli Marimò in presenting the third annual New York performance of From Ghetto to Cappella, commemorating the 500th anniversary of the creation of the Venetian Ghetto. While the Inquisition raged throughout Counter-Reformation Italy, the ghetto walls that separated Gentile from Jew were more porous than impenetrable. A lively dialogue between Jewish and Catholic musical cultures traversed the forbidding walls and enriched the music of both Synagogue and Sanctuary at a time of great oppression.An international ensemble performs works of Benedetto Marcello, Francesco Durante, Salomone Rossi, GF Handel and unaccompanied Hebrew chants – exquisite music that attests to a vibrant conversation that triumphed over ignorance and resounds with hope and beauty into our own time.

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