01 October 2010

New York: Aleppo-Syrian Jewish concert, Oct. 21

The American Sephardi Foundation will sponsor a concert of Syrian Jewish liturgical music, utilizing the Arabic maqam system for Hebrew poetry and prayers, on Thursday, October 21.

It begins at 6.30pm at the Center for Jewish History, 15 W. 16th St., New York City. See ticket details below.

Speaking and performing will be:
-- Mark Kligman, PhD, Professor of Jewish Musicology, will trace the development of this music which he explores in his book "Maqam and Liturgy: Ritual, Music and Aesthetics of Syrian Jews in Brooklyn."

-- Isaac J. Cabasso, Cantor of Congregation Beth Torah, a Syrian synagogue in Brooklyn, NY, will lend his 50 years of experience in Syrian Hazzanut to the conversation, and perform excerpts of the prayers in various maqams.

-- Musical accompaniment on the oud will be performed by Victor Esses, Cantor of Sephardic Synagogue, Brooklyn, NY.

-- Joseph Mosseri, Cantor and founder of the Hazzanut Forum, will discuss the resurgence of maqam music among the community's younger generation.
This program is presented in association with the American Society for Jewish Music

The concert will be held at the Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street. Tickets are $10 at the door; $5, ASF members. Reservations requested; send an email.

For more information, visit the ASF website.

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