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From Rossi to Rossini, lecture, NYC, Dec 2

From Rossi to Rossini:
Shifting Paradigms in Italian Jewish Musical Culture

Francesco Spagnolo (University of California, Santa Cruz)
Respondent: David Ruderman (University of Pennsylvania)
Friday, December 2
10 A.M.
Center for Jewish History
15 West 16th Street
New York, NY

The event is a special joint session of the Jewish Music Forum’s ongoing seminar, “New Perspectives on Music in Jewish Life” and the Centro Culturale Primo Levi’s current symposium, “Humanism and the Rabbinic Tradition in Italy and Beyond.”

Francesco Spagnolo studied music at the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory and Philosophy at the University of Milan. He has been active as an academic in the fields of philosophy and musicology, as a host of cultural programs for RAI (Italian National Radio), and as a producer and performer of music and theater in Europe and the U.S. In 1997, he founded Yuval Italia, the Italian Center for the Study of Jewish Music. He is the author of several essays and one book, and in 2001, the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia (Rome) and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem jointly issued his groundbreaking audio anthology, Italian Jewish Musical Traditions. A Research Fellow of the Jewish Music Research Center (Jerusalem) and PhD candidate at the Hebrew University, he currently lives in San Francisco, working as the Music Curator of the Judah L. Magnes Museum (Berkeley) and teaching in the Music and Literature departments of the University of California at Santa Cruz.

David B. Ruderman is Joseph Meyerhoff Professor of Modern Jewish History at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the Director of the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Advanced Judaic Studies. His works include Jewish Thought and Scientific Discovery in Early Modern Europe, Jewish Enlightenment in an English Key: Anglo-Jewry’s Construction of Modern Jewish Thought, and, as editor, Cultural Intermediaries: Jewish Intellectuals in Early Modern Italy. Professor Ruderman is also president of the American Academy for Jewish Research and the recipient of a lifetime achievement award for his work in Jewish history from the National Foundation for Jewish Culture.

For information on this or other events of the Jewish Music Forum, please see the website: www.jewishmusicforum.org, call 212-294-8328 or e-mail the Jewish Music Forum. To find out more about the Centro Culturale Primo Levi, please see www.primolevicenter.org.

The Jewish Music Forum is a project of the American Society for Jewish Music hosted at the Center for Jewish History with the support of the American Jewish Historical Society.

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