Melodies of Florence, Livorno and Rome: The Kolot haLev choir under the direction of Dr. Ramón Tasat

Temple Beth Ami

Dates: Sunday, March 06, 2016
Time: 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Speaker: Dr. Ramon Tasat

From the 16th century to the present day, the impact of Italian art and popular music on the musical field has been overwhelming. This same land of opera and bel canto has made a solid imprint on the liturgy of the Jews as well. So welcoming was this land that Jews referred to it as I-Tal-Yah (Hebrew for “Island of God’s Dew,” which denotes a blessing).

Join Hazzan (Cantor) Dr. Ramón Tasat, members of the Kolot haLev choir, and selected musicians as we celebrate the music and history of Italian Jewry. Enjoy a compilation of Jewish, operatic and popular melodies, accompanied by revealing explanations by Dr. Tasat about their origins.

Among the compositions we will hear are: the Livornese composition for the new Hebrew month, “Me 'Gnarba Canfot haHaretz” (From the Four Corners of the Earth) compiled and harmonized by Federico Consolo (1841-1906), “Fate onore del bel Purim,” a reminder to be happy during the holiday of Purim (sung in Judeo-Italian), and “Adío kerida” (farewell, my beloved,) an enormously popular early 20thcentury love song, which is strikingly similar to the melody of Giuseppe Verdi’s aria “Addio! del passato” from his opera La Traviata.

Please stay after the performance to enjoy a reception and opportunity to mingle with Dr. Tasat and his fellow artists.

There is no cost for this program, however we ask that you register below.

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Temple Beth Ami
14330 Travilah Road
Rockville, MD, 20850


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