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Welcome to our sixth season!

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Highlights of the 2014 – 2015 Season

Tuesday, November 11th 7:00pm   Hopkinson Smith Performs Bach
Photo of Hopkinson Smith by Philippe Gontier
The Abigail Adams Smith Auditorium
417 East 61st Street between First and York

In his only New York appearance of the season, Hopkinson Smith performs his own transcriptions of JS, Bach, Suites 1-3, BWV 1007-1009 at the Abigail Adams Smith Auditorium.

 

A wine and cheese reception will follow the performance.


“Hopkinson Smith is without doubt the finest lute player in the world today”
– San Francisco Chronicle

Saturday, December 13th 8:00pm Denis Diderot, Rameau's Nephew
Portrait of Denis Diderot by Jean-Honoré Fragonard
The Abigail Adams Smith Auditorium
417 East 61st Street between First and York

Hilarity ensues at a Paris cafe when Diderot pits a hapless buffoon against a stoic philosopher in his stinging satire about the music business and high society of Enlightenment France.

Step into elegant Café Society at the dusk of the Ancien Regime, as icons tumble, gossips rumble, and musicians hurl their slings. Arrows fly between the fans of French harmony and Italian melody in this site-specific music-theater piece based on the Philosophe's play of opposites.

Tthe game of buffoons and Querelle des Bouffons unfold to the seductive airs of Lully, Pergolesi, Vivaldi, and the great Rameau, whose anniversary year we cap off with this production of Diderot's witty masterpiece.

All tickets include cafe seating and complimentary vin and pain.

Starring Steven Rattazzi, praised by the New York Times as "an actor of impressive subtlety" and "the cracked comic charm of Peter Sellers"


More Between Heaven and Earth
Thomas Jefferson, Maria Cosway, and the Music and Philosophy of the Enlightenment
Friday, January 9th 8:00pm The American Philosophical Society, Philadelphia, PA
Sunday, January 18th 4:00pm The Bissel Room of Fraunces Tavern, 54 Pearl Street NY, NY
Photo of Melissa Errico and Campbell Scott by Stephen de las Heras
Script and Stage Direction by Erica Gould
Program Concept and Music Research by Jessica Gould
Featuring soloists Jessica Gould, soprano & Tony Boutté, tenor

Melissa Errico and Kathleen Chalfant star in Salon/Sanctuary's original production, which travels to two historic institutions this season, Fraunces Tavern in New York City, constructed in 1719, where Jefferson served as the first Secretary of State when Washington's cabinet was upstairs, and the American Philosophical Society in Philadelphia, founded by Benjamin Franklin in 1743, the year of Jefferson's birth.  

The Philadelphia performance is part of the schedule of public events associated with the exhibition Jefferson, Philadelphia, and the Founding of a Nation.

Igniting in Revolutionary Paris and unfolding over a 40-year epistolary relationship, the Jefferson/Cosway correspondence brims with exquisite music and eloquent prose, as the romance between two polymaths, the Statesman-Architect and the Musician-Painter, renders a vivid picture of musical life in 18th century France and America.

The Jefferson/Cosway letters reveal his evolving views on the Separation of Church and State intermingled with her account of a stifling marriage and the limited options open to a woman of brilliance. With an original script composed entirely of selections from their writings, this play with music features repertoire that they heard, composed, played, and sent to each other, including works of Corelli, Hewitt, Sacchini, and Cosway herself.

Tickets are on sale for the performance at Fraunces Tavern in New York City.

Saturday, January 24th 8:00pm  
Jennifer Rivera, mezzo-soprano & Kenneth Merrill, fortepiano

Rossini in Paris
The Abigail Adams Smith Auditorium
417 East 61st Street between First and York

The fireworks continue long past New Year's with Opera Buffa's greatest genius, Gioachino Rossini.

Having conquered the operatic world with glimmering masterworks of comedic invention, Rossini retired to the City of Lights, where he enjoyed the lavish lifestyle of a guiltless gourmand.  

As his waistline expanded, he tossed fulsome opera for slender song, and left the world a feast of intimate treasures fit for decadent salonistes.

A banquet shared by two masters of the bel canto repertoire, come hear why Stendhal called Rossini "the musical embodiment of Paris."

A wine and cheese reception will follow this performance.

 
Sunday, March 22nd 4:00pm  
Prayers and Dances: Music for the German Harpsichord
The Church of the Epiphany
1393 York Avenue at 74th Street

Harpsichordist Giuseppe Schinaia performs sacred and secular works of Christian Ritter, Johann Pachelbel, Georg Böhm, Johann Kuhnau, and JS Bach.


Saturday, April 11th 8:00pm          Early Music of Western Africa
Leonard Nimoy Thalia at Peter Norton Symphony Space
2537 Broadway at 95th Street


Ensemble Umoja Lisanga joins acclaimed Liberian soprano Dawn Padmore and scholar & drummer Anicet Munundu for a performance of traditional Western African music from the areas that we now know of as Ghana, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Senegal and Sierra Leone.

 

Hear the songs of Akin Euba, Joshua Uzoigwe, Princess Hawa Daisy Moore, Kwabena Nketia, as well as chants and dances of Western Africa, pre-dating by centuries any music that we currently refer to as "early." 


Join us for a unique concert that celebrates the music from a time of distant freedom, that survived a harrowing trip across an ocean, and lives on in the rhythms and patterns of American popular music today.



Tickets for this event will be available shortly.

Saturday, April 18th 4:00pm              Exodus: Dreams of the Promised                                                                          Land in Antebellum America

The Fraunces Tavern Museum Flag Gallery

54 Pearl Street


The Western Wind Vocal Ensemble

with guest actors


Erica Gould, Script and Stage Direction

Jessica Gould, Program Concept and Dramaturg


Please join us for a moving and joyous celebration of the struggle for freedom and triumph over adversity through theatre and music. 

The enduring power of liberation imagery in the early American consciousness comes to life through works by William Billings (1746 – 1800), Stephen Jenks (1772 – 1856), early spirituals and Shaker hymns performed with historical texts selected from abolitionist writings and slave and suffragette narratives, including selections from Solomon Northup, Twelve Years a Slave.  

Fraunces Tavern, the first site of the American government, sets the stage for starkly beautiful American repertoire. 



"Salon/Sanctuary’s smartly constructed and affecting presentation of Exodus: Dreams of the Promised Land in Antebellum America...built to some crescendos worthy of a Broadway stage."

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Previous Events This Season
Thursday, October 9th 7:00pm   Jory Vinikour Performs Rameau 
Photo of Jory Vinikour by Kobie van Rensburg
The Abigail Adams Smith Auditorium
417 East 61st Street between First and York


In celebration of the Rameau year, Grammy®-nominated harpsichordist performs an all-Rameau recital at the Abigail Adams Smith Auditorium.

 

A wine and cheese reception will follow the performance

 

“... Vinikour is such a perceptive artist, and is so superlative in technical accomplishment, that Rameau’s harpsichord brainstorms sound disarming and at times even revolutionary."

Gramophone, October 2012


Online sales for this event are now closed. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door. House opens at 6:30.
From Ghetto to Capella
Interfaith Exchanges in Baroque Italy

Monday, October 27th 7pm Francesco Spagnolo Lecture at Temple Emanu-El
1 East 65th St. between Fifth and Madison
Tuesday, October 28th 6pm Concert at St. Paul's Chapel, Columbia University
1160 Amsterdam Avenue at 116th Street
Lecture: Synagogue Songlines 
Jewish-Christian musical encounters in 17th and 18th-century Italy 
Temple Emanu-El

 

In the 17th and 18th centuries, the synagogues of the Italian Jewish ghettos of Venice, Mantua, Casale Monferrato, and Siena were the sites of musical performances that included sacred Hebrew texts set to music by Jewish and non-Jewish composers, in the style of the late Renaissance and early Baroque period. The rise of art music in the Italian synagogues has been historically understood as a testimony to Jewish modernity, as a Jewish reaction to ghettoization, and as the birth of a Jewish musical aesthetics. By looking at Gentile involvement in Italian synagogue life, this lecture presents these important musical sources in an entirely new light. 

 

Francesco Spagnolo is the Curator of The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life and teaches in the Music Department at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the editor of Italian Jewish Musical Traditions (Rome-Jerusalem, 2006) and the co-author of The Jewish World (Rizzoli, 2014). 

 

Special thanks to The Temple Emanu-El Skirball Center for making this event possible.

 

Tickets for the lecture are $25, $15 for students, seniors, and members of EMA. This event is free to members of Temple Emanu-El.


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Concert: From Ghetto to Capella

St. Paul's Chapel, Columbia University


The ghetto walls that separated Gentile from Jew in Counter-Reformation Italy were more porous than impenetrable, allowing for a rich musical dialogue and vibrant exchange of ideas throughout the baroque era.  This concert explores the cross-fertilization of Jewish and Catholic musical cultures in the music of Benedetto Marcello, Francesco Durante, Barbara Strozzi, Salomone Rossi, and 18th century unaccompanied Hebrew chants. Also on the program are selections from the 1759 Hebrew language libretto of Handel's Esther, commissioned by the Jewish community of Amsterdam in the year of the composer's death.


Jessica Gould, soprano & Noa Frenkel, contralto

Grant Herreid, theorbo

James Waldo, viola da gamba

Pedro d'Aquino, harpsichord and organ


This program is a co-presentation of Music at St. Paul's Chapel of Columbia University and was originally developed with the generous support of the Archdiocese of Florence, Italy.


Admission is free and open to the public.


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