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Sacred Love: Songs of the Sephardim

Sacred Love: Songs of the Sephardim

Sunday, November 5, 2017 - 3:00 pm

In partnership with the Newberry Library's Center for Renaissance Studies, Spertus Institute hosted a performance of The Newberry Consort with guest curator Nell Snaidas.

The performance featured music of faith and longing from Renaissance Spain and the Ladino oral tradition of the Sephardic Jews, directed by Ellen Hargis and David Douglass.

Nell SnaidasNell Snaidas began her career singing leading roles in zarzuelas at New York City's Repertorio Español. As a specialist in Latin American and Spanish Baroque music, she has been invited to join many leading ensembles as a soloist, guitarist, and language and repertoire consultant.

Ellen Hargis
is one of America’s premier early music singers, specializing in repertoire ranging from ballads to opera and oratorio. She has worked with many of the foremost period music conductors and ensembles, appearing at many of the world's leading festivals.

David Douglass is a specialist in Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque bowed-string instruments. A founding member of The Newberry Consort, he was appointed the ensemble's Director and Musician-in-Residence at the Newberry Library in 2007.


The Newberry Consort, founded in 1986, brings together singers and instrumentalists of the highest caliber to create accessible and historically informed performances of Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque music.

Zarzuelas is a Spanish lyric-dramatic genre that alternates between spoken and sung scenes, the latter incorporating operatic and popular song, as well as dance.