Dreams of Spain: Old and New Judeo-Spanish (Ladino) Songs

For the Public
Thursday, February 24, 2022
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EST

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February 3, 10, 17, and 24

Registration fee: $80

Ladino (Judeo-Spanish) songs are an integral feature of modern Jewish culture as it is negotiated through the mass media. However, how did the repertoire of Ladino songs performed on modern stages and distributed via commercial recordings come into being? Who are the figures involved in the process of popularizing songs in Ladino and what are their agendas? We shall explore these and other questions while listening to the greatest hits of the contemporary Ladino repertoire.

Please note: Registration will open on December 20, 2021. Enrollment is limited, first come first served. Friends of the Katz Center receive advance access to all mini-courses and waived tuition for one mini-course per year. Limited scholarships are available. Please contact Dajana Denes-Walters (dajana@upenn.edu) if cost is a barrier.

About Katz Center Mini-Courses

Mini-courses examine special topics in Judaic studies and are designed specifically for public audiences. They offer a chance to re-experience the college seminar, taught by international faculty to adult learners online. They are designed to be cumulative and interactive, so registration is for the entire course, not individual meetings, and enrollment is limited to 25. Each one-hour session will include lecture and discussion.


About the image above: an Andalusian musical group, courtesy of Alhamratour Blog.


Edwin Seroussi

Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Edwin Seroussi is the Emanuel Alexandre Professor Emeritus of Musicology and former director of the Jewish Music Research Centre at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He researches North African and Eastern Mediterranean Jewish music, Judeo-Islamic relations in music, and Israeli popular music. A pioneer in the study of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern musical cultures and traditions, Seroussi was awarded the 2018 Israel Prize in the musicology category. He has also won the Joel Engel Prize for Life Achievement in Jewish Music Research, Tel Aviv Municipality.

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We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Klatt Family and the Harry Stern Family Foundation.