The Newberry Consort—Chicago's oldest early music group—will be performing the Music of Renaissance Spain and Sephardic Jews at the Logan Center, University of Chicago, 915 East 60th Street.
The program will include traditional songs of the Sephardic Jews at the time when they were exiled from Spain in 1492. The program will be curated by Nell Snaidas, an American-Uruguyan soprano who specializes in Latin American and Spanish Baroque music. She has selected a wide range of music for the program, including Romances (ballads of love, loss and adventure), Endechas (laments), Piyyutim (lyrical embellishments of prayers) and Koplas (strophic festival songs)—all of which will be sung in Ladino, the traditional Castillian language of the Sephardic Jews. As an extra bonus, the program will feature the rarely heard oud, a short-necked stringed instrument with 11 or 13 strings. Ouds were first brought to Spain from Iraq in the 9th century, and eventually inspired the creation of the lute and the guitar. The music demonstrates how the cultures of Jews, Moors, and Christians were intertwined during this period. To see details, hear excerpts from songs, and purchase tickets, visit www.newberryconsort.org. Pre‑concert chat starts 30 minutes before the performance.
This performance also takes place on Friday, November 3, at Galvin Hall, Northwestern University, at 8:00 p.m. and on Sunday, November 5, at the Spertus Institute at 3:00 p.m.