Orchestra of New Spain presents La Convivencia V
The Orchestra of New Spain will present the fifth in a series of concerts exploring the musical culture of Medieval Spain’s Al Andalus. La Convivencia V showcases Sephardic, Christian, and Muslim music.
Orchestra of New Spain adds new components to its series exploring the music and culture of Medieval Spain under the Islamic Caliphate that allowed Jews and Christians to work, worship and live in relative peace, a time known as La Convivencia (living together). New Spain soloists perform works from King Alfonso the Wise’ extensive collection of 420 songs set to poems retelling the miracles of Mary as collected by the King’s minions, and known under the title of "Las Cantigas de Santa Maria."
Canada’s Tamar Ilana, Sephardic and World Music performer as well as flamenco dancer, comes to Dallas from recently tour of Spain, a country she knows well from her youth accompanying her ethnomusicologist mother Dr.Judith Cohen, around the Mediterranean world. Her Ladino and Arabic repertoire ranges from Spain, North Africa and the Ottoman regions. Jamal Mohamed and his World Music band perform works ranging from al-Andalus to North Africa and the Middle East. Instruments evocative of the time include the santour, oud, viols, and the doumbek drum. A cultural interchange will be echoed on stage with a final artistic weaving together of music of the three cultures.