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Ensemble Lucidarium "La ISTORIA de PURIM", Batavia, IL, Mar 17

C.A.I.F. - Cultural Association of Italians at Fermilab
I.I.C. - Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Chicago

Ensemble Lucidarium "La ISTORIA de PURIM"
Jewish Music and Poetry in Renaissance Italy
Saturday, March 17, 8 pm
FERMILAB (Batavia, IL)
Ramsey Auditorium
Tickets: $ 10.00 ($ 5.00 under 18)
(630) 840 2787 (ARTS)
CAIF c/o K. Akhobadze
(630) 840 2986

The Ensemble Lucidarium, a famous international group of scholar musicians specialized in the works of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, will perform: "La Istoria de Purim," Jewish music and poetry from the Italian Renaissance, which was awarded first prize in 2004 by the European Association for Jewish Culture.

In the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, northern Italy was a meeting place for three separate Jewish communities: Ashkenazi, Jews coming from northeastern Europe, Sephardic Jews from the Iberian peninsula, and Italikim who had been in Italy since the days of the Roman Empire. The music from this period is characterized by a fertile exchange of ideas and culture between Jews and gentiles. The texts transcribed into the Hebrew alphabet in four-verse stanzas are written in the colorful Jewish vernacular spoken in the Po valley during the sixteenth century. The rhymes were typical of the songs performed to celebrate the festival of Purim by recounting the story of Queen Esther. Ensemble Lucidarium has reconstructed the music through painstaking research into sixteenth-century music and oral traditions still alive in certain areas of the Tuscan and Emilian Apennines.

This concert has been organized with the support of Congregation Beth Shalom
of Naperville and E.A.J.C. (European Association for Jewish Culture).

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