Wednesday Sept. 18, 2019
Lecture-Demonstration: “Sephardic Songs: Myths and Realities” by Dr. Edwin Seroussi
3 to 5 p.m.
Bates Recital Hall

Through deep excavations into some classics of the performed Sephardic repertoire, this lecture-demonstration will show the extent to which what is often said about them remains true after thorough historical examination.

This lecture-demonstration, free and open to the public, will include a talk by Prof. Edwin Seroussi (Hebrew University) and a live performance by Artistic Director, Daniel Johnson, and members of Texas Early Music Project (TEMP), a professional ensemble that has performed Sephardic concerts and has produced three CDs containing Sephardic repertoire: La Rosa: Sephardic Love Songs, c. 1400–1600Night and Day: Sephardic Songs of Love and Exile; and Convivencia: Love and War in Renaissance Spain.

About Dr. Edwin Seroussi

Edwin Seroussi is the Emanuel Alexandre Professor of Musicology and the director of the Jewish Music Research Centre at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He researches North African and Eastern Mediterranean Jewish music, Judeo-Islamic relations in music, and Israeli popular music. A pioneer in the study of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern musical cultures and traditions, Seroussi was just awarded the 2018 Israel Prize in the music category. He has also won the Joel Engel Prize for Life Achievement in Jewish Music Research, Tel Aviv Municipality.

Seroussi received his PhD in Music from UCLA. He has held visiting professor and fellowship appointments across the globe, including at the University of Chicago, Dartmouth College, and Harvard University. He has previously served as president of the Israel Musicological Society, and as the president of the Israel Committee of the International Music Council, UNESCO.

Read more about Seroussi through this annotaed bibliography of a few holdings at the Libraries:

About Texas Early Music Project  
Texas Early Music Project is an Austin-based professional ensemble dedicated to presenting and advancing the art of Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, and early Classical music through performance, recordings, and educational outreach. Devoted to performance of early music from 10th-century chant to early 18th-century Romanticism, TEMP offers an annual concert series featuring world-class vocalists and instrumentalists performing pieces from many cultures in authentic period style on period instruments.


Sponsored by: Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies; Department of Middle Eastern Studies; The Tocker Foundation; Humanities Institute; LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections, and University of Texas Libraries.

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