The Newberry Consort is pleased to present Sacred Love – Songs of the Sephardim, a program featuring traditional songs of the Sephardic Jews at the time when they were exiled from Spain in 1492. The program will be curated by Nell Snaidas, an American-Uruguyan soprano who specializes in Latin American and Spanish Baroque music.
Snaidas has selected a wide range of music for the program, including Romances (ballads of love, loss and adventure), Endechas (laments), Piyyutim (lyrical embellishments of prayers) and Koplas (strophic festival songs) – all of which will be sung in Ladino, the traditional Castillian language of the Sephardic Jews.
This ancient storytelling will be brought to life through the musical sounds of voices, percussion, bowed strings, shawms, harp, Renaissance guitars and the oud (the Middle Eastern grandfather of the lute).
Nov. 3 at 8 p.m. at the Galvin Recital Center, Northwestern University, Evanston