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Ensemble Lucidarium Presents "Una Festa Ebraica" at Kulas Hall

November 11, 2013

Cathy Partlow Strauss

The ensemble with drums and instruments

Lucidarium, an Italy-based ensemble specializing in medieval and Renaissance music, will present a recital titled “Una Festa Ebraica” at 8 p.m. on Thursday, November 14, at Oberlin's Kulas Recital Hall.

The performance is part of the ensemble's Ars Hebraica project, dedicated to the creative reconstruction of the soundscape of Jews in Renaissance Europe. In addition to the performance, Lucidarium will work with students in a master class for guitar at 4 p.m. that afternoon.

Lucidarium's members include vocalists Gloria Moretti, Anna Pia Capurso, and Enrico Fink; Renaissance wind instrumentalists Avery Gosfield and Marco Ferrari; lutenist Francis Biggi; and percussionist Massimiliano Dragoni. Gosfield is a graduate of Oberlin Conservatory and established Ensemble Lucidarium with Biggi in 1991.

Repertoire for the November 14 concert includes works from the Roman and Italian Jewish music traditions as well as Moroccan Sephardic traditions.

The Oberlin appearance of Lucidarium is part of the ensemble's November North American tour, which also includes stops in Philadelphia, Seattle, Toronto, and at the National Gallery in Washington, D.C. Lucidarium appears with the support of the Republic and Canton of Geneva and the Swiss Performers’ Collective. The Oberlin performance is made possible with support from the Ring Family Music Series. Learn more about the performance at the Oberlin Events Calendar.

ABOUT THE RING FAMILY MUSIC SERIES: The Ring Family Music Series at Oberlin College presents programming dedicated to the culture of the Jewish Diaspora. It sparks an interest in Judaism through the medium of music, encouraging greater understanding and linkage between the Jewish community and the Oberlin College community. The series conveys the unique history of the Jewish people and how that history has served to shape their culture, and how these truths and traditions can be shared for the betterment of other cultures.

The Ring Family Music Series explores topics covering a wide range of ideas and types of programming, from musical performances to speakers, panels, and lectures. The series serves as a rich opportunity for collaboration between the college and influential performers, speakers, and educators from outside the Oberlin community who are invited to present programming that transcends cultural differences and creates new bridges of understanding.

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