Though stolen from their homeland and scattered across the world, both the Jews and the Africans found strength and inspiration in music – their means to preserve their cultural identity and their soul as a people. In this musical tour of the Jewish and African diasporas, Apollo’s Fire explores the remarkable resilience of these enslaved peoples during 250 years, 1600-1850. Music by Jewish baroque composer Salamone Rossi and Jewish-inspired composer Benedetto Marcello is interwoven with the rhythms of life in the ghetto: songs, dances, and prayers from the Ashkenazy, Sephardic, and North African traditions. A company of 15-22 musicians – including Jewish, Palestinian, and African-American artists – raise their voices in longing and celebration.

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