Museum at Eldridge Street – Concert: Celebrate Women’s History Month with the Music of Alhambra!
A musical journey to the Golden Age of Spain!
Sunday, March 12, 2023
3:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Celebrate the women in your life and throughout history at Eldridge Street with Alhambra! Alhambra creates exciting arrangements of historical Judeo-Spanish wedding music, love songs, and instrumental dances on the oud, violin, shawm, dumbek (middle-eastern drum), riq, def, and bendir. Join us in our spectacular Main Sanctuary to experience the joy of Judeo-Spanish music, with special songs to honor Women’s History Month and the Purim season.
The Museum at Eldridge Street is housed in the beautiful restored Eldridge Street Synagogue, the first synagogue in America purpose-built by immigrants from Eastern Europe. While its first congregants were from Russia, Poland, Lithuania and other Eastern European countries, they wanted a building that hearkened back to the Golden Age of the Jewish Diaspora in Spain and North Africa. Reminiscent of this Golden Age of Jewish History, Alhambra’s story told through their music exemplifies the narrative that Eldridge Street’s original congregants wanted to tell through their choice of Moorish Revival architecture.
Band Members: Jenny Luna (vocals, percussion), Adam Good (oud), Marandi Hostetter (violin), Philip Mayer (percussion).
Alhambra was founded by Dr. Isabelle Ganz in 1981. Based in New York, the ensemble has toured Andalusia, the British Isles (including London’s Purcell Room and Almeida Theatre), Quebec, and Bogota. They have performed at the Quincentennial Celebration in Istanbul, the first International Festival of Jewish Art Music in Vilnius, Lithuania, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and at colleges, community centers, and folk festivals throughout the United States. They have performed at venues including Merkin Hall, Weill Recital Hall, the World Music Institute, the Jewish Museum in New York, the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, the Ordway Theater in St. Paul, the Rothko Chapel in Houston, Smith College, Hunter College, and the Eastman School of Music. The ensemble won first prize in the Jewish performing arts competition and was a finalist in the concert artists’ guild competition, both held in New York.