Sephardic music concert in Syracuse on Oct. 21

The concert “Old and New: Sephardic Reflections” will be held on Saturday, October 21, from 7:30-9:30 pm, at the May Memorial Unitarian Universalist Society, 3800 E. Genesee St., Syracuse. The cost of a ticket is $20 public/$10 student. The concert will include early and contemporary music from the Jewish Sephardic tradition by fivebyfive and Pegasus Early Music/NYS Baroque. For more information, call 585-703-3990 or e-mail

Sephardic music has its roots in the musical traditions of the Jewish communities in medieval Spain and Portugal. The two ensembles, fivebyfive and Pegasus Early Music, will offer audiences to “old” and “new” versions of Sephardic tunes, with artist Lynne Feldman presenting original tapestries celebrating Jewish life shared as part of the performance.

Music by fivebyfive includes a new arrangement of Brazilian composer Clarice Assad’s “Sephardic Suite” and a new setting of three Sephardic songs by Eastman graduate Keane Southard. Music from Pegasus will include some of these tunes as well as “Scalerica de oro,” “Morena me llaman” and more.