Friday Music & Morsels: JewishMusicFrom theItalianGhetto | Osher Marin Jewish Community Center

Friday Music & Morsels: JewishMusicFrom theItalianGhetto

Fri, October 19, 2018 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm


Start the weekend a few hours early; Come celebrate Friday with talk, treats & tunes!  Enter our lovely room. Sit at an intimate 4-seat cabaret table, which allows new and long-time friends a chance to meet, relax and connect.  In the wonderful tradition of many European countries, enjoy an afternoon “dessert & coffee” (or tea)…with our compliments! Then, sit back and bask in a terrific program featuring the artistry of great musicians.  Each month will feature different musical and culinary treats. 

In October, Musicians from Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and

Guest Lecturer Professor Francesco Spagnolo


Jewish Music From the Italian Ghetto

Fluent in the musical language early 17th-century Italy and performing on instruments just like those from that era, a small ensemble from Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale will present the rich music of the Jewish violinist and court composer Salmone Rossi and his contemporaries. Be dazzled by the glorious sounds of baroque violins, cello, harpsichord, and theorbo, and – under the guidance of Guest Lecturer Professor Francesco Spagnolo, UC Berkeley's Department of Music, and Curator of The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life – experience the fascinating history behind music that emerged from the ghetto to dazzle the Mantuan court! Tailored specially for our audience, this program features material that PBO musicians and Professor Spagnolo have shared with students at Harvard University, Yale University, and the University of Chicago. 

PBO Musicians: Violinists Kati Kyme and Noah Strick​, Harpsichordist Katherine Heater, ​and Cellist Paul Hale​. ​

​Guest Lecturer: Francesco Spagnolo, PhD

Reserve your space(s) soon!  Because seating is very limited, registration is open until the event is sold out or until noon on the Wednesday before the program – whichever comes first.

Event Timing

1:00-1:45pm – Chat, Dessert, Coffee/Tea

1:45-3:00pm – Live musical performance

Reservations & Seating

$30 – Individual Premiere Seating*

$20 – Individual Classic Seating* 

In appreciation of their support, donors of $180+ will be assigned priority locations within their chosen seating section.  Note: the reservations must be made under the donor’s name.

*Note: Seating is at a 4-seat cabaret table.  Guests wanting to sit together must purchase tickets under one name.

To reserve spaces, please call the Osher Marin JCC at 415-444-8000

Important Notes

  • If not sold out in advance, all reservations must be made by noon on Wed, Sept. 19th.
  • Drop-in and day-of reservations are not available.
  • Just like tickets at most performing arts venues, registrations are non-refundable and non-exchangeable.

Today’s program is made possible, in part, by donors to the Osher Marin JCC’s Annual Fund.

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Lecturer Bio

Francesco Spagnolo, PhD

Francesco Spagnolo, a multidisciplinary scholar focusing on Jewish studies, music and digital media, is the Curator of The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life and an Associate Adjunct Professor in the Department of Music at the University of California, Berkeley, as well as a host for the cultural programs of Italian National Radio (RAI) in Rome. At UC Berkeley, he is also an affiliated faculty with the Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion, and serves on the Digital Humanities Council. 

Intersecting textual, visual and musical cultures, Francesco actively contributes to academia, cultural heritage institutions, as well as live and electronic media, in Europe, Israel and the United States. A former lecturer at the University of Milan and at the University of California at Santa Cruz, he is frequently invited to lecture at academic institutions worldwide, publishes on topics ranging from music to philosophy, film and literature, and curates exhibitions and digital programs.