Remembering the Jews of Greece

East Coast Tour · November 2019

The Greek Chamber Music Project presents a powerful program in memory of the Holocaust, honoring the Sephardic Jews of Greece and the broader Mediterranean. The Sephardim have a deep history in Greece, with musical traditions that have had lasting influences on the region. GCMP is pleased to feature Sarah Aroeste who sings in Ladino, the Judeo-Spanish language of the Sephardim. She keeps the language alive with unique interpretations of traditional Sephardic songs and her original compositions sung in Ladino.

She is joined by her longtime pianist and producer Shai Bachar, as well as special guest Ellie Falaris Ganelin on flute. Together, they will present a concert of songs old and new in a multimedia performance using sound clips, videos, and live music. The program will feature stories and video footage from Aroeste’s own family, as well as video testimony of a Greek Holocaust survivor, thanks to a collaboration with the Fortunoff Video Archive at Yale University. Remembering the Jews of Greece is the ensemble’s East Coast Tour, remembering this dark moment in history in an effort to speak out against hate and to promote healing and acceptance in our communities.

Sarah Aroeste, voice
Ellie Ganelin, flute · photo by Kate Mikhailov

2019 Tour Dates

All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted

Yale University • New Haven, CT
Monday • Nov 4 • 7pm
Joseph Slifka Center for Jewish Life at Yale (directions)

Sponsored by the Hellenic Studies Program and co-sponsored by the Judaic Studies Program, the Joseph Slifka Center for Jewish Life, the European Studies Council, and the Council on Middle East Studies

Johns Hopkins University • Baltimore, MD
Tuesday Nov 5 • 7:30pm
Peabody Institute, Cohen-Davison Family Theatre (directions)

Sponsored by the Alexander Grass Humanities Institute and co-sponsored by the Stulman Program in Jewish Studies, the Anthropology Department, International Studies Program, and Peabody Conservatory

Workshop: Exploring Responses to Oppression through Music, Art & Literature
Johns Hopkins University • Baltimore, MD
Wednesday • Nov 6 • 6pm – 8:30pm
The Smokler Center for Jewish Life, Basement Commons (directions)

Co-sponsored by the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life and the Alexander Grass Humanities Institute

University of Maryland College Park, MD
Thursday • Nov 7 • 7pm

Ulrich Recital Hall (directions)

Sponsored by the Department of Classics and co-sponsored by the Joseph and Rebecca Meyerhoff Center for Jewish Studies, the History Department and the Department of Spanish and Portuguese

Library of Congress • Washington, DC
Friday • Nov 8 • 12pm
Mumford Room (6th floor, Rm 649)
Library of Congress, James Madison Memorial Building (directions)

Presented by General and International Collections Directorate and the Asian and Middle Eastern Division at the Library of Congress, and in cooperation with the The Jüdische Kulturbund Project.

The United Church • Washington, DC
Saturday • Nov 9 • 7pm
Presented by The Jüdische Kulturbund ProjectThe United Church, and in cooperation with the Rabin Chair Forum at George Washington University and Hellenic Society Prometheas

Suggested donation: $20 advance/$25 at the door

Shaare Shamayim • Philadelphia, PA
Sunday • Nov 10 • 3pm

Presented by the Multicultural Arts Exchange

Tickets: $25-35