The Raritan Players at the Bloomington Early Music Festival

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The Raritan Players at the Bloomington Early Music Festival

May 21 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm EDT


Jewish Musicians in 18th-century London

(New Brunswick, NJ) Eighteenth-century London was an especially cosmopolitan city, and a relatively tolerant one, which led Jewish musicians from across Europe—from Sephardic, Ashkenazic, Italian, and Eastern descent—to move there. The Jewish community adopted musical customs of the greater London scene while maintaining their own musical traditions. By the second half of the century, Jewish musicians were performing in opera houses, public concerts, and at the English royal court alongside the leading Christian musicians of their day. While some managers and institutions were accommodating, Jewish musicians sometimes experienced clear anti-Jewish sentiment. By exploring the careers of Jewish figures such as the cellists Jacob and James Cervetto and the singer-composer Harriet Abrams, this concert sheds new light on the themes of exile, diaspora, belonging, and music as a site of self-expression among Jews in eighteenth-century London. In person and livestreamed at


May 21
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm EDT
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Bloomington Early Music
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Maggie Eronimous
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FAR Center for Contemporary Arts
505 W. 4th Street
BLOOMINGTON, IN 47402 United States
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