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The Sacred Bridge: Jews, Christians and Muslims in Medieval Europe

Back by popular demand! The Sacred Bridge is an interfaith celebration unlike any other. Discover with us the common musical roots of Judaism, Islam, and Christianity, and the astonishing and beautiful interactions among these traditions. Our program includes elements of Jewish liturgy, Gregorian and Koranic chant, songs and texts of Jewish minstrels, Sephardic folksong, medieval Spanish Cantigas, and Judaeo-Islamic music from the ancient Andalusian tradition. We are joined by Sharq Arabic Music Ensemble.
March 29th, 3:00pm, Pickman Concert Hall, Cambridge, MA


In recent seasons Arthur Jaffe’s delightful Center for Book Arts, of Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, sponsored several events around the work of the Boston Camerata’s Anne Azéma and Joel Cohen. Arthur died peacefully yesterday at an advanced age. We remember him with gratitude and affection. The following text, dated January 14, must have been one of the last that he composed. How honored we feel to have been in his generous thoughts.
“Hello again, Arthur Jaffe here.
“One of my favorite things about the Jaffe Center for Book Arts is its diversity of ideas. Our staff often comes up with program ideas that have nothing at all to do with the book arts, at least at the surface, and there are times when I think the place would be better named the Jaffe Center for Creativity. This is certainly the case with two programs coming up later this month with members of The Boston Camerata. I think a lot of you will think you’ve never heard of The Boston Camerata, but if you listen to Public Radio, you’ve heard their music. They are one of the leading ensembles researching, recording, and performing early music today, and I love the way The Boston Camerata makes early music come alive for contemporary audiences.”

Yves Rouquette, we are going to miss you!

You toured with Camerata in Europe several times, read the Christmas story, in your own Occitan translation, on our “Nativitat” recording, and collaborated with great, benevolent energy in a number of our medieval music workshops . Through the years you remained a warmhearted, generous friend with a big soul. It was a privilege to have shared many happy hours with you; may you rest in peace.

The Boston Camerata, whose second homeland is France…

The Boston Camerata, whose second homeland since 1974 has been France, sends, in this moment of grieving, a fraternal message of sympathy and solidarity to the people of that much-esteemed land.
La Camerata – dont les attaches depuis 1974 avec la France sont profondes, et les activités dans l’hexagone, fréquentes, envoie ses messages amicaux de solidarité en ce grand moment de tristesse: Nous sommes tous Charlie.