Salomone Rossi (C 1570 - 1630) was a Jewish composer, violinist, and concertmaster at the Gonzaga Court in Mantova. While his instrumental works are splendid examples of the sensuous and fiery musical language of the early Baroque, it is his experimentation with setting Hebrew liturgical text that is perhaps one of the most astonishing facets of his career. During the period, there was great debate over the potential role of art music in the synagogue, and not surprisingly, Rossi was greatly in favor of considering the contemporary style of Monteverdi and the Ducal Chapel as a source of musical inspiration for Jewish worship.
Tesserae wishes to celebrate the life and works of Salomone Rossi, with a performance of his sacred and secular music, alongside music by his colleagues from the Mantuan court -- Viadana, Gastoldi, de Wert and, of course, Monteverdi. In this program, we wish to demonstrate the unique way in which Rossi incorporated a musical language that he loved -- that of the Gonzaga court -- as a way to bridge the gap between two diverse cultures.
Tickets available at the door.
General Admission $30/ Seniors & SCEMS $25