The World of Salamone Rossi

Christ Episcopal Church, 4548 Brooklyn Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98105

The Early Music Youth Academy brings gorgeous music of Salamone Rossi to life in the context of his vibrant yet troubling times. This prolific and inventive early-17th-century Italian musician composed during one of the most exciting transitions in music history, and our chronological sampling of Rossi's works reveals how he helped transform the poignant symmetries of the Renaissance into the expressive virtuosity of the early Baroque on voices and instruments. This instrumental ensemble of skilled teen players on violas da gamba, violin, lute, and harp is joined by harpsichordist Jonathan Oddie and by guest teen singers who bring to life Rossi’s courtly Italian madrigaletti and his innovative sacred music in Hebrew. By day Rossi commuted to work in the household of Mantua's Gonzaga dukes, composing music for their court ceremonies and performing in their wedding festivities. But at night, he and all of the city's Jewish population were required by law to return behind the walls of the Jewish ghetto. Directed by Shulamit Kleinerman from the Renaissance violin, the Early Music Youth Academy is a program of Seattle Historical Arts for Kids.

The concert lasts about an hour and is recommended for adults and young people age 8 and up. Join us for tea and cookies afterward!

Suggested free-will donation: $10-15 online in advance or cash/check at the door. Pay as able.