The Calgary Renaissance Singers & Players Presents
Jewish Music of the Renaissance
March 10, 2013 at 7:30 pm
Temple B’nai Tikvah (Map)
900 47 Avenue SW.
7:00 pm Pre-concert talk
$20 Regular, $15 Senior / Student
Free admission for under-18
Advance tickets at Classics Plus
The inspiration for this concert came when Jane Perry, Artistic Director, was introduced to the music of Salamone Rossi (1570-1630) by one of the choristers.
Rossi was a Jewish violinist and composer who played in Monteverdi’s orchestra at the court of the Duke of Mantua. He wrote several liturgical songs in Hebrew, under the title Songs of Solomon. It is thought that, since the text he used is not actually from that Biblical book, the reference to Solomon was in fact to himself! The choir will sing three pieces by Rossi: Adon Olam, Elohim Hashivenu, and Kaddish. While the liturgical texts may well be familiar, the settings are likely to be less so. Speaking of this new repertoire, Jane Perry exclaims, “I can’t help but wonder why we’ve never done it before because it is so beautiful!”
In addition to the selections by Rossi, the choir will perform other music from the period by Palestrina (a setting of a text from the biblical Song of Solomon or Song of Songs) and Lauda Jerusalem by Monteverdi. Modern works include a setting of another text from the Song of Solomon by Ola Gjeilo, and Psalm 150 by chorister Marcia Epstein. The program also features Rebecca Levant, cantor, and Tom Mirhady, cellist, who will perform with the choir and as soloists. In particular, Tom will play the Kol Nidrei by Max Bruch, and Rebecca will offer sacred and secular cantorial pieces, including both modern melodies and those from the Italian Renaissance.
This will be the first time in its history that the Renaissance Singers have presented Jewish music of this period. Says Lorna Rowsell, one of the founding members of the choir, “This concert is an example of true ‘Renaissance’, that is, bringing to birth again the beautiful music and arts of the past which may have been forgotten.”
This season, the CRSP is offering pre-concert talks at its concerts. We invite you to come and enjoy a 15-minute discussion of the works that will be performed. The talk will start at 7 pm.