Tesserae Presents: Songs of Salomone Rossi - A part of the Daniel Pearl World Music Days
Two performances by Tessarae
Sunday, October 14th
FIRST SHOW - 3pm SHARP, Doors open at 2:30
SECOND SHOW - 6pm SHARP, Doors open at 5:30
Salomone Rossi (C 1570 - 1630) was a Jewish composer, violinist, and concertmaster at the Gonzaga Court in Mantova. Highly regarded for his musical abilities, he was exempted from wearing the yellow badge usually required for all Jewish residents in the city. His Jewish identity, however, seems to have remained strong, and in his publications he consciously added 'Ebreo' to his name.
While somewhat overshadowed by the musical accomplishments of his famous colleague, Claudio Monteverdi (Rossi's sister sang the title role of Arianna in Monteverdi's great, lost opera), Rossi's instrumental works are splendid examples of the sensuous and fiery musical language of the early Baroque. His sonatas, sinfonie and dances were so popular that multiple editions were printed throughout his lifetime.
However, his experimentation with setting Hebrew liturgical text is perhaps one of the most astonishing facets of his career. During the period, there was great debate over the potential role of art music in the synagogue, and not surprisingly, Rossi was greatly in favor of considering the contemporary style of Monteverdi and the Ducal Chapel as a source of musical inspiration for Jewish worship.
Tesserae wishes to celebrate the life and works of Salomone Rossi, with a performance of his sacred and secular music, alongside music by his colleagues from the Mantuan court -- Viadana, Gastoldi, de Wert and, of course, Monteverdi. In this program, we wish to demonstrate the unique way in which Rossi incorporated a musical language that he loved -- that of the Gonzaga court -- as a way to bridge the gap between two diverse cultures. We honor this early ambassador of cultural exchange and tolerance as a part of the Daniel Pearl World Music Days, an annual global concert network affirming the ideals of tolerance, friendship and shared humanity. To learn more, please visit http://www.danielpearlmusicdays.org.
Coffee and cookies will be served following the performance.
All proceeds from this concert go directly to support Tessarae and its efforts to bring historically-informed performances of Renaissance and Baroque music to the Los Angeles community.
Contrapuntal Hall and the refreshments have been donated. We appreciate your support of the arts.
Please take note that there will be two performances on Oct. 14th. Therefore, we will have to request that the audience for the 3pm performance vacates the venue by 5:15 so that we have time to reset for the second show. Please, arrive early and allow time to park. Please, include your email address when purchasing tickets so that we may contact you should any changes occur. Thank you. We hope you enjoy.
Contrapuntal Performance Hall (View)
655 N. Bundy Dr.
Los Angeles, CA, CA 90049
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