Concert to kick off ‘Music in the Nave’ series
St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Kent will kick off its “Music in the Nave” concert series with an April 30 concert at 4 p.m. with the acclaimed Wykeham Consort.
The consort is an ensemble of musicians from the area who enjoy sharing the music of the Spanish Renaissance and of the Sephardic Jews who in 1492, after the defeat and expulsion of the Moors from the Iberian Peninsula and the consolidation of power by the Spanish Monarchy, were forced to leave Spain along with the remaining Muslims.
The exiled Spanish Jews, the Sephardim, took their music with them but left a lasting influence in the music of the Spanish Renaissance.
The concert will explore the link between the music of the Jews and the music of Renaissance.
The performers will give background and historical context to the music they will perform.
Sephardic music has its roots in the musical traditions of the Jewish communities in medieval Spain, but in the 500-plus years since their expulsion some of the original melodies were lost and the Sephardic Jews incorporated many of the melodies and rhythms of the new countries where they settled, such as Morocco, Argentina, Turkey, Greece and Bulgaria, into their music.
The members of the consort are founder Matilda Giampietro, soprano, recorders and percussion; Erica Warnock, tenor and bass viols; Sarah Jane Chelminski, recorders; Andy LaFreniere, guitar; and James Allen, percussion.
Tickets are $13 for adults in advance and $15 at the door, and free for students.
For information and tickets, call the church, located at the intersection of routes 7 and 341, at 860-927-3486 or visit http//:WyekhamConsort4-30@