Concert, Conference Celebrate Music of Medieval Iberia

Music, literary traditions of Christian, Jewish and Muslim communities are focus of Feb. 20-21 event

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The New York Andalus Ensemble will perform Feb. 20.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — International scholars will explore the music and literary traditions of Jewish, Christian and Muslim communities of medieval Spain and Portugal in the 10th annual Encuentros/Encounters conference Feb. 20-21 at the University of California, Riverside.

The conference, “Sounding Communities: Music and the Abrahamic Religions in Medieval Iberia,” opens with a concert at 8 p.m. Feb. 20 performed by the New York Analus Ensemble at the UCR Culver Center of the Arts, 3824 Main St., Riverside. The group of singers and instrumentalists performs songs in Arabic, Hebrew, Spanish and Judeo-Espagnole that capture the cosmopolitanism of Córdoba, Spain.

Scholars from the United States, Canada, Spain and Portugal will meet on Feb. 21 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to discuss the music of the religious communities that dominated the Iberian Peninsula between the 8th and 15th centuries. Conference sessions will be held in Interdisciplinary Building South, Room 1113.

The concert and the conference are free and open to the public. Conference parking on campus costs $5 and permits may be purchased at the kiosk on West Campus Drive at University Avenue.

“There was a time in medieval Iberia when Christians, Jews and Muslims cooperated and created a culture of remarkable learning, art and architecture, and music,” said Walter Clark, professor of music and director of The Center for Iberian and Latin American Music at UCR.  “Their light can shine on us and teach us.”

Clark established The Center for Iberian and Latin American Music in 2004 to foster research and performance in an interdisciplinary spirit, embracing the entire musical heritage of Iberia and Latin America.

The conference is presented by the center and supported by UCR’s Center for Ideas and Society, office of Research and Economic Development, the Mellon Workshop on Medieval Cultures and Postmodern Legacies, and the Department of Music.

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