Music Department Events

Feb 13

The Rose Ensemble: Music from the Land of Three Faiths

From site: Medieval and Renaissance Studies Events

An exploration of language, spirituality, and cultural exchange in Christian, Jewish, and Arabic musical traditions in late medieval Spain.

Wednesday, February 13th, 2019
7:30 – 9:30 pm / Kracum Performance Hall, The Weitz Center

Land of Three Faiths: Voices of Ancient Mediterranean Jews, Christians, and Muslims

The result of years of intensive research and training, “Land of Three Faiths” is at once sacred, secular, folk, and classical, embarking on a fascinating exploration of language, spirituality, and cultural exchange. Featuring instruments and musical ideas that blur the lines between Arabic and European, this entertaining and enlightening program is steeped in the rich history of the Abrahamic faiths, achieving a perfect balance of edgy improvisation, exotic vocal styles, and ancient traditions.
Highlighting the Hispano-Arabic Middle Ages as both an important and devastating chapter of Judaic, Christian, and Islamic history, laments of the Sephardic Jews mingle with Arab-Andalusian dances and Spanish court songs, while rhythmic cantigas, Hebrew cantillation, and Gregorian chant meet the mystical world of Sufi poetry.
“This program wasn’t a performance. It was more like a resurrection. The Rose Ensemble breathes life into stark, ancient manuscripts . . . restores them as new creations.”
—Ames Life & Times

The Rose will perform with guest artists Nell Snaidas, soprano, and Zafer Tawil, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist, at this concert as well.


Sponsored by Medieval & Renaissance Studies, Arts@Carleton, The Humanities Center, The Forkosh Lecture in Judaic Studies, The Wender Lecture Series on Cultural Understanding, the Department of Religion, & the Department of History. Contact: William North, x4202