Exile & Resilience (Chicago)
Music of the Jewish & African Diasporas
Created & Directed by Jeannette Sorrell
March 11March 12, 2023

Though stolen from their homeland and scattered across the world, both Jews and Africans found strength in their music. Discover the rhythms of the Jewish ghetto in 1620 – dances and prayers from the Ashkenazi, Sephardic, Jewish baroque, and North African traditions. A company of 24 musicians – including Jewish, Arab, and African-American artists – raise their voices in love and celebration.

Pre-Concert Conversation with the artists 30 minutes before each concert.

Sunday evening: drink a toast with the musicians and meet their fascinating instruments (oud, hammered dulcimer, doumbek and more)!

Saturday, March 11, 2023, 8:00PM
Nichols Concert Hall, Music Institute of Chicago, EVANSTON
Sunday, March 12, 2023, 5:00PM
Anshe Emet Synagogue, CHICAGO (Lakeview)
Featured Artists
Polina Skovoroda Shepherd,soprano
Jacob Perry & Haitham Haidar,tenors
Jeffrey Strauss,baritone
Daphna Mor,recorder, ney, vocals
Merlin Shepherd,clarinet

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O Jerusalem!

“Energy and imagination…”
–BBC Music Magazine

Meet the Artists

Supported in part by the

with additional support generously provided by Bill Lawlor

Previous Concert: Handel’s Messiah

“The U.S.A.’s hottest baroque band.” –CLASSICAL MUSIC MAGAZINE (UK)

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