The New Amsterdam History Center and Congregation Shearith Israel
are pleased to invite you to
MUSIC OF MANY WORLDS
Sephardic Vocal Music of 18th-century Amsterdam
Sunday, May 22, 2022
At 4 PM
Congregation Shearith Israel
2 West 70th Street, at Central Park West
New York City
Featuring Program Creator
That the performance takes place against the historical backdrop of New Amsterdam, where the dominant Jewish population during the Dutch period was Sephardic (originally from Spain and Portugal), connects the unique philosophical traditions of the Netherlands and the United States.
The music, which features Hebrew texts set in a classical operatic style, spans many moods, and covers a range of liturgical functions for Amsterdam’s Sephardic community. The program highlights the historical and cultural conditions that brought together many worlds— ancient and modern, divine and secular—mediated by the community’s Iberian past and integration into a Dutch identity.
The performance features two countertenors, violins, cello, and harpsichord.