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Music of Medieval Spain

The coexistence of Arabic, European, and Sephardic traditions

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Dates Fri, Mar 22 – Sun, Mar 24, 2024

Venue Folger Theatre

Duration 1 hour 45 minutes, with intermission

Please note: Children under the age of 4 are not permitted. 

The 13th-century Castilian court under King Alfonso the Wise was the center of a remarkable – and often harmonious – coexistence of Christian, Islamic, and Jewish peoples in an era known as Spain’s “convivencia” (“coexistence”). His court patronized musicians, artists, doctors, lawyers, and scholars from all three cultures.

Music from each tradition is brought together in a program that shares Sephardic songs, Arab Andalusian music, and songs from the Cantigas de Santa Maria, one of the most important historical sources of medieval music, compiled by King Alfonso.

Song texts and illuminations from the Cantigas depicting multicultural musical ensembles will be projected during the performance, bringing this rich history to life in a multimedia experience.

With voices, plucked and bowed Arabic and European instruments, winds, and percussion.

Artistic Directors

Robert Eisenstein
Robert Eisenstein

Robert Eisenstein

Christopher Kendall
Christopher Kendall

Christopher Kendall

Artists

Karen Burciaga

Vielle, voice

Karen Burciaga

Robert Eisenstein
Robert Eisenstein

Vielle, rebec, voice

Robert Eisenstein

Ronnie Malley

Oud, voice

Ronnie Malley

Dan Meyers
Dan Meyers

Percussion, recorder, flute, bagpipe, voice

Dan Meyers

Drew Minter

Voice, harp

Drew Minter

Emily Noël

Voice

Emily Noël

Naeif Rafeh

Nay, voice

Naeif Rafeh

Folger Consort Sponsors

With special thanks to

The Share Fund

Premier Season Sponsors

Dr. Bill & Evelyn Braithwaite
Andrea “Andi” Kasarsky

Contributing Sponsors

Gail Orgelfinger and Charles Hanna

Associate Sponsors

James Baker and Emily Lind Baker
David and Lenka Lundsten
Mike Newton and Dr. Linda Werling
Robert J. and Tina M. Tallaksen
Mary Augusta and George D. Thomas

Ms. Louisa Woodville & Mr. Nigel R. Ogilvie

Artist Sponsors

Karl K. and Carrol Benner Kindel

Pre-concert discussion
Friday, March 22

Join Christopher Kendall and Robert Eisenstein, co-Artistic Directors of the Folger Consort, for a lively discussion with guest artists from 7:00pm-7:30pm before the Friday, March 22 performance.

Free entry with concert ticket.

A vintage Folger Consort recording

Listen to Folger Consort’s album A Distant Mirror on Spotify.

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