3/13 CONCERT | Singing the Sephardic Diaspora: Mediterranean Elements in Judeo-Spanish Choral Arrangements
Wednesday, March 13, 2019, 7:30 pm PDT - 9:00 pm PDT
**Note: The location of this event has changed. It will take place in Kane Hall, room 220.
Ladino songs reflect a wealth of musical influences, from Turkish scales to Balkan rhythms. In this lecture-recital, recent Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) graduate Sarah Riskind will discuss Mediterranean features of Sephardic music and how these elements can be highlighted in arrangements for chorus. The Seattle Jewish Chorale (directed by Jacob Finkle) will perform a selection of classic Judeo-Spanish songs, including “Par’o Era Estrellero,” “Durme, Durme,” and “Cuando el Rey Nimrod.”
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Get ready with Dr. Riskind’s brief explainer: What makes music sound Jewish (2018)
Did you miss the event? Check out the UW Daily’s writeup, which includes a number of audio excerpts.
About the speaker
Sarah Riskind is a choral conductor, composer, vocalist, and music educator based in Seattle. She recently received her DMA in choral conducting from the University of Washington, completing a dissertation entitled “Informed and Informative: New Choral Arrangements of Sephardic Music,” and she is the Music Director at Magnolia United Church of Christ. With previous degrees from Williams College and the University of Wisconsin at Madison, she has directed ensembles at the University of Washington, the University of Wisconsin at Madison, Williams College, the German International School of Boston, and the First Parish Church of Berlin, MA; she has also assistant-conducted the Renaissance choir Convivium Musicum and the Boston Children’s Chorus. Her compositions have been performed by the Seattle Jewish Chorale, Quince Contemporary Vocal Ensemble, Triad: Boston’s Choral Collective, the Bennington Children’s Chorus, and other college, community, synagogue, and church choirs across the country. Dr. Riskind enjoys folk and classical improvisation on violin, which led her to pursue doctoral research on choral improvisation in addition to Renaissance and Sephardic music. Riskind participated in the Stroum Center for Jewish Studies Graduate Fellowship program during the 2017-18 academic year.