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History & Politics, Literature, Music


Ghetto, Renaissance, and Modern Oblivion

December 16, 2020
5:00 pm

Ghetto, Renaissance, and Modern Oblivion

A special video project of Salon/Sanctuary Concerts featuring the
Kaleidoscope Vocal Ensemble
Dr. Arianne Abela, Artistic Director

with actor Ezra Knight
the Bacchus Consort
and more…

As the 450th anniversary year of boundary breaking composer Salamone Rossi (ca. 1570-1630) draws to a close, we consider Psalm 137, a text which has resonated with oppressed peoples through the centuries with a special video project produced by Salon/Sanctuary Concerts and NYU Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò featuring the Kaleidoscope Vocal Ensemble that follows Babylon’s waves from Ghetto to Ghetto and Renaissance to Renaissance. Click here for the program notes.

5:00pm EST / 23:00 IT
Watch the video performance on our website or Facebook page

Program includes Rossi’s setting of the Psalm text, Italian works he wrote for the decadent Mantua court, and a bracing reconsideration of Psalm 137 in the spiritual tradition by composer Brandon Waddles (b.1988).


5:30pm EST / 23:30 IT
The panel discussion will take place live on the Zoom platform
In order to participate, RSVP and you will receive an e-mail with invitation link to the event by 4pm on December 16
If you don’t receive the link by then, contact us at


Dr. Arianne Abela
Conductor and Artistic Director, Kaleidoscope Vocal Ensemble

Jessica Gould
Founder and Artistic Director, Salon/Sanctuary Concerts

Dr. Brandon Waddles, composer

Moderated by Prof. Eugenio Refini, NYU