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Early Music

Jordi Savall &
Hesperion XXI

February 20, 2015


ISTANBUL: Music from the Ottoman Empire in Dialogue with the Armenian, Greek, and Sephardic Traditions

Spanish-Catalan viol player Jordi Savall returns with a program exploring 17th-century Sephardic and Armenian musical traditions, fruits of the Ottoman empire melting pot of Turkish, Greek, Armenian, and Jewish culture. The selections, varying from delicate and moody to bright and energetic, are drawn from The Book of the Science of Music, a compilation by the Ottoman musician and composer Dimitrie Cantemir. Savall's Hespèrion XXI ensemble is joined by guests from Turkey, Armenia, Greece, and Morocco, on oud, ney, duduk, kanun, and santur.

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Education & Community Event:
Pre-performance Talk
Fri, Feb 20, 7–7:30 pm

Pre-performance talk by Francesco Spagnolo, musicologist and curator at The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life. Free to event ticket holders.

Major support for public programs provided by Bank of America.

Program Notes

Program notes are available online. [PDF]