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Klezmer and Baroque with Veretski Pass
Tuesday November 17, 2020 - Wednesday November 18, 2020
In this program, we meet online with the celebrated ensemble Veretski Pass (Cookie Segelstein and Joshua Horowitz) to explore the intersection of early music and klezmer repertoires presented as “table music.” Since the 16th century, musique de table and Tafelmusik was specifically created, or assembled from various sources, to accompany feasts, banquets, and consorts of the aristocracy and the middle class. In central and eastern Europe, Jewish musicians developed repertoires to be sung at the table (Yiddish, tish) of rabbinic “courts,” played for the seated in-laws at wedding receptions, and performed at the banquets of non-Jewish aristocrats. Both repertoires present unexpected parallels, especially in their inclusion of an eclectic mix of genres: vocal music (sung or recreated with musical instruments), instrumental music “for listening,” and dance rhythms. Live and recorded music will be interspersed with a lively conversation about the convergence of culture and musicianship.
Cookie Segelstein, violin/viola
Joshua Horowitz, tsimbl/accordion
PHILHARMONIA BAROQUE CHAMBER PLAYERS
Katherine Kyme & Noah Strick, violin
Maria Caswell & Aaron Westman, viola
William Skeen, viola da gamba
Katherine Heater, harpsichord
Jews & Music Scholar-in-Residence