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Sephardic Resonances, NYC, Jan 19


Sephardic Resonances

Music for Solo Viola da Gamba

The music, stories and poetry of the Sephardic Golden Age
Featuring Brazilian born Israeli artist
Myrna Herzog
Playing a rare 1685 viola da gamba made by the famed instrument maker Edward Lewis

Wednesday January 19, 2005
at 7:30 PM
at the Center for Jewish History
15 West 16th Street
New York City

The viola da gamba originated in Spain during the height of the Jewish presence there. It was mainly Jewish players who later brought this instrument to Italy and to other parts of Europe, where it was further developed by some of the leading musicians of the day

Tickets: $25; $18 for ASF members, students and seniors
Tickets may be purchased at the box office: 917-606-8200.

For additional information, please call Ilana Sperling at 212-294-8350 or e-mail Ilana Sperling

Brazilian-born Myrna Herzog is a well-known figure in the Early Music world, internationally acclaimed for her playing on the viola da gamba, musical directing, and now, conducting. She has published several articles about viols in journals such as Early Music, The Galpin Society Journal, in books (The Italian Viola da Gamba) and in the New Grove's Dictionary of Music and Musicians. In 1992 Myrna immigrated to Israel, where she taught a first generation of 'sabra' violists, founding with them PHOENIX, the Israel Consort of Viols, which she directs, and whose debut in 1999 was considered 'a red-letter day for Israel's musical life (The Jerusalem Post).' Myrna has recently completed a doctorate in music at Bar Ilan University, Israel, where she teaches viols. She is the musical director of PHOENIX, the Israel Consort of Viols, and of Ensemble PHOENIX of Early Instruments. She has performed and taught throughout Europe, in South America, the US and in Israel. Ms. Herzog performs on 17th and 18th century original viols. At her New York recital she will be performing on a historical viola da gamba made in London c.1685 by the important British maker Edward Lewis I (1651-1717).

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