Welcome to lifelong learning.

From Ghetto to Capella

The Temple Emanu-El Skirball Center is honored to partner with Salon/Sanctuary Concerts and The Carnegie Hall La Serenissima Festival. This year’s program will commemorate the 500th anniversary of the creation of the Venetian Ghetto.

While the Inquisition raged throughout Counter-Reformation Italy, the ghetto walls that separated Gentile from Jew were hardly impenetrable. A lively dialogue between Jewish and Catholic musical cultures traversed the forbidding walls and enriched the music of both Synagogue and Oratories at a time of great oppression.

Works of Benedetto Marcello, Francesco Durante, Barbara Strozzi, Salomone Rossi and unaccompanied Hebrew chants attest to this vibrant conversation, as do selections from the 1759 Hebrew libretto of Handel’s Esther, an oratorio commissioned by the Jewish Community of Amsterdam the year the composer died.

From Ghetto to Cappella was most recently presented in Italy at the Great Synagogue of Florence and the 16th century Teatro All’Antica of Sabbioneta. An ensemble of artists from Italy, Israel, and the USA performs this compelling and beautiful concert of baroque music by both Jewish and non-Jewish composers.

  • Jessica Gould, soprano
  • Noa Frenkel, contralto
  • Diego Cantalupi, theorbo
  • James Waldo, viola da gamba
  • Davide Pozzi, harpsichord and organ



Categories: ,