Edmond J. Safra Hall
Museum of Jewish Heritage
36 Battery Place
Tickets: $25, $30, $35
This opening event promises to be an inspiring Sunday afternoon of music, film and conversation featuring the legendary life and music of Salomone Rossi and the US debut of the extraordinary Israeli vocal ensemble I Profeti della Quinta. Co-produced withThe Museum of Jewish Heritage and co-presented by Centro Primo Levi, an unprecedented exploration of Rossi's music and time marks the fourth presentation of Salon/Sanctuary's program devoted to the groundbreaking Italian-Jewish composer.
A violinist in Monteverdi's orchestra, Salomone Rossi (c. 1570 - 1630) is credited with having invented the trio sonata. His introduction of polyphonic music to the synagogue, where only monody had been accepted as befitting a people in exile, earned him both scorn and praise from members of his community. His sister, a soprano at the same court that he served, premiered roles and sang madrigals of Monteverdi at Palazzo Te, the pleasure palace of the Gonzaga.
In his dual role as court and synagogue composer, Rossi inhabited two worlds at a curious time of both heightened physical segregation and active social interaction between Jews and Christians. An afternoon of two concerts, a film, and a panel discussion offers a unique opportunity to explore the many forces that shaped his shifting world and beautiful music, and the tension between exile and acceptance that often recedes but never fades from history.
The afternoon will include a screening of the critically acclaimed 2012 Joseph Rochlitz film,Hebreo: In Search of Salomone Rossi, a panel discussion, and a performance by the award-winning Basel-based ensemble, Profeti della Quinta.
"The renditions by the Profeti della Quinta, an Israeli group consisting of two counter tenors, two tenors and a bass, were a pure delight. Intonation was exceptionally pure, and pronunciation was clear and more intelligible than that of many local vocal ensembles. The articulation was well-shaped and the accentuations were placed pointedly, though subtly."
-The Jerusalem Post
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Trio sonatas of Salomone Rossi performed by violinists Leah Nelson and Lisa Rautenberg, with Daniel Swenberg, theorbo
Discussion of Salomone Rossi's life and world in Counter-Reformation Italy with renowned Rossi scholar Francesco Spagnolo, PhD of University of California, Berkeley
Break for refreshments, featuring Italian kosher delicacies
Film: In Search of Salomone Rossi
I Profeti della Quinta perform vocal works of Salomone Rossi
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
I Profeti della Quinta was founded in Kibbutz Cabri, in the Upper Galilee region of Israel by the bass and harpsichord player Elam Rotem. As students of the Cabri High School for the Arts, Rotem and his friends became fascinated with the sound of Medieval and Renaissance music and decided to pursue a path that would lead them to bring that sound back to life for contemporary audiences. They are currently based in Basel, where all members of the group undertook further study at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. www.quintaprofeti.com