On September 29, 2013 at 3 p.m. at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 1802 Abercorn (at 34th) the Goliards will present La Sirena, a program of romances, lullabies, and story-songs from the Sephardic heritage,sung in Ladino and accompanied on period instruments.
These songs have been collected from
throughout the Mediterranean Basin: many of them antedate the 1492 Edict of
Expulsion (in which King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella decreed that all Jews
must either convert to Christianity or leave their kingdom).
Some of these songs are manifestly of more recent origin, however, and reflect the musical culture of the various lands and cities in which the Jewish exiles settled. For example, the melody for the refrain of Adío, querida (a song that is in this program), reflects the melodic line of Verdi's aria, Addio! del passato from Act IV of the opera La Traviata - it is probable that Verdi 'borrowed' the tune. Many of the haunting melodies in this program employ the exotic-sounding Arabic Hijaz melodic mode, and several of the instrumental pieces use hypnotic Balkan asymmetrical rhythms.
We are delighted to announce that the ensemble's sopranos, Cuffy Sullivan and Melissa Flummerfelt, will be joined by soprano Mary Catherine Mousourakis and bass-baritone Christopher Kohut, who will also play lute, 'ud, and wooden flute (although not all at the same time). Sinfonye (hurdy gurdy), harp, positive organ, vielle (renaissance fiddle), and various articles of percussion will provide accompaniment for the singers.
Admission will be $10.00.