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Tres Hermanicas & Aquila: Roses & Almonds

San Francisco Early Music Society

San Francisco Early Music Society Tres Hermanicas & Aquila: Roses & Almonds

The SFEMS concert series resumes the weekend before Thanksgiving with a cornucopia of music from medieval Spain. The concert will be a joint performance by Tres Hermanicas (Nell Snaidas, voice & early guitars; Shira Kammen, vielle, rebec, medieval harp & voice; and Daphna Mor, voice, ney & recorders) and Aquila (Phoebe Rosquist, voice; Michele Kennedy, voice; Peter Maund, percussion; Gari Hegedus, oud, saz & percussion; and Shira Kammen, vielle, rebec, medieval harp & voice).

We present this concert combining Sephardic music and medieval Cantigas, celebrating life, love, food & drink, nature, spirituality, adventure & humor. In Christian and Sephardic cultures, both the rose and the almond are powerful symbols. The rose, with its beauty and sensual fragrance evokes love, fragility and the Virgin Mary, where the almond symbolizes renewal, hope, perseverance and virginity. The program celebrates the sacred and secular delights of both cultures through storytelling, dance and song.

Together, Tres Hermanicas & Aquila will perform songs of the Sephardim, the Jews who inhabited the Iberian Peninsula from the time of the Moorish conquest in the 8th century until their expulsion in the early 16th century, along with some of the famous Cantigas de Santa Maria, miracle ballads, compiled in the mid-13th century by Alfonso X “El Sabio,” King of Castile and Leon.

Additional Dates:
Sat November 23, 2019 7:30pm
St. John's Presbyterian Church
Sun November 24, 2019 4:00pm
Church of the Advent of Christ the King

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traditional Sephardic

La Comida de la Mañana

from the Cantigas de Santa Maria, arr. Phoebe Rosquist

Rosa das Rosas

traditional Sephardic

Siete Modos de Guisar las Berenjenas


Nell Snaidas

voice & early guitars

Shira Kammen

vielle, rebec, medieval harp & voice

Daphna Mor

voice, ney & recorders

Peter Maund