“The place where brothers and strangers are one…”
– Jalal al-Din Rumi, 13th-c. Persian poet
In this new program from Jeannette Sorrell, music and poetry evoke a “tour” of the Jewish, Christian, Arab, and Armenian quarters of Jerusalem. Selections from Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610 echo the rapturous singing of Jewish cantors in the temples. Medieval harp, oud, and exotic percussion blend with Arabic love songs and Sephardic ballads. The performers, including musicians of Jewish, Muslim, and Christian backgrounds, join in celebration of brotherhood and sisterhood.
“A magic carpet that swept the audience away.”
–CoolCleveland (review of AF’s “Sephardic Journey”)