UNITARIUM CHURCH News:
The Unitarian Church of Los Alamos is pleased to present “Fractured Faiths: Spanish Judaism, The Inquisition & New World Identities,” a special lecture-recital on Ladino (Judeo-Spanish) Romanceros, Coplas, & Kantigas, at 3 p.m., Saturday, April 8.
This program was previously presented at the New Mexico History Museum’s Fractured Faiths Symposium, as part of their six-month special exhibit in the fall of 2016.
The event features Los Alamos soprano Christina Martos and pianist Debra Ayers performing works by Ofer Ben-Amots, an Israeli-American composer and chair of the music department at Colorado College. Ben-Amots will lecture about his recreations of musical settings for songs dating to the era of the Jewish diaspora in Spain, a time that gave rise to the unique hybrid of Hebrew and Spanish known as Ladino.
Martos sang several seasons with Central City Opera in Colorado and the Washington National Opera, and most recently performed at the world premiere of Los Bufones by Santa Fe composer Ron Strauss at the National Hispanic Cultural Center.
Debra Ayers, pianist, is a founder and pianist of Montage Music Society, and performs throughout New Mexico and Colorado, including with the Santa Fe Desert Chorale and the Albuquerque Chamber Soloists.
An internationally acclaimed composer, Ofer Ben-Amots’ works have been repeatedly recognized for their emotional and highly personal expression. The interweaving of folk elements with contemporary textures, along with his unique imaginative orchestration, creates the haunting dynamic tension that permeates and defines his musical language. The Unitarian Church is thrilled to welcome these distinguished guests for what promises to be an unforgettable afternoon of music and history intertwined.
Admission for the event is $15 at the door, and there will be refreshments afterward. The Unitarian Church is at 1738 N. Sage St. All are welcome.