A globally acclaimed countertenor, a celebrated medieval specialist, an organist of the Duomo of Florence, and an Art Historian of that city’s treasures offer a compelling schedule of concerts, lectures, and a private gallery tour. Please join us in welcoming four guests from across the Atlantic for a celebration of music and art both sacred and secular, Jewish and Christian, from the halcyon days of the Tuscan capital.
Saturday, February 28th
Music for Brunelleschi's Dome
Christ and St. Stephen's Church, 120 West 69th Street
The completion of The Duomo of Florence in 1436 marked a milestone in architectural history, while the structure later served as a focal point for several great composers. Lucia Baldacci, organist of the Duomo, offers a recital of works associated with Brunelleschi’s architectural masterpiece. Repertoire will include works of Dufay, Frescobaldi, Zipoli, and others. The concert will be preceded at 6pm by a lecture on Donatello and his context in Florentine Art History by Dr. Giovanni Matteo Guidetti, Art Historian and Guide to the City of Florence.
Sunday, March 1st
4:30pm Private Exhibition Tour Sculpture in the Age of Donatello at the Museum of Biblical Art
Dr. Giovanni Matteo Guidetti
The Museum of Biblical Art
1865 Broadway at 61st Street
Florentine Art Historian Giovanni Matteo Guidetti will conduct a private guided tour of the ground-breaking exhibition, which is the first time in history that the Donatello sculptures have left their home at the Museo dell’Opere del Duomo in Florence. Dr. Guidetti, a graduate of the University of Florence, has written articles on the Renaissance and Baroque architecture, sculpture, and painting of Florence for numerous publications and given talks on Renaissance Art History and curated conferences throughout Europe. He has served as Scientific Director of the Museo di Arte Sacra di San Donnino a Campi Bisenzio, and teaches at the Suola di Arte Sacra in collaboration with the Fondazione Opera del Duomo di Firenze. He regularly conducts private tours in virtually all the art museums of Florence, and has guided English-speaking visitors through the Donatello sculptures in their home museum countless times throughout the past few years. The tour is limited to 25 people and will be followed by an optional post-event dinner with Lucia Baldacci, Giovanni Guidetti, and artists from the Salon/Sanctuary roster. Reservations are required for this event. There will be no admission at the door.
Thursday, March 12th
7:00pm Il Dolce Suono – Ki Kolech Arev
Jewish and Christian Music from Late Medieval Italy
Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, 30 West 68th Street
Doron Schleifer, countertenor Corina Marti, clavisimbalum and recorders Italian polyphonic music in the fourteenth century has been likened to a “dazzling meteor,” flaming into existence then disappearing abruptly with fireworks spent. One of the most important towns in medieval Italy is republican Florence which rose to prominence in the middle of the 14th century. With its distinct style of music and text, (Boccaccio, Soldanieri and others), compositions of Francesco Landini, Gherardello da Firenze, Don Paolo da Firenze, Laurentius da Firenze, and Jacopo da Bologna stand out as jewels of the repertoire. Beyond this sparkling body of polyphony and song was a shadow world of many Jewish musicians and dance-masters who lived in Italy at the time. Alongside the elaborate polyphonic music and flashy dances they would play, sing, dance and teach, they composed hauntingly beautiful music for the synagogue. Some of the most beautiful piyutim, from Achot Ketanah for the High Holidays to Maoz Tzur for Hanukkah reappear in the secular music of the same era and continue to be sung in services today. Please join us in welcoming two Basel-based guest artists – Doron Schleifer of Profeti della Quinta and Corina Marti of La Morra – for this special ecumenical concert of stunning late-Medieval repertoire.