Date(s) - 02/16/2017
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Temple Emanu-El Skirball Center
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- Jessica Gould — soprano
- Noa Frenkel — contralto
- Diego Cantalupi — lute
- James Waldo — viola da gamba
- Davide Pozzi — harpsichord
Most 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.
Works of Benedetto Marcello, Francesco Durante, Barbara Strozzi, Salomone Rossi, and unaccompanied Hebrew chants attest to a vibrant conversation, as do selections from the 1759 Hebrew libretto of Handel’s Esther, commissioned by the Jewish community of Amsterdam in the year of the composer’s death.