Vache Baroque Announces Three Concerts in Honor of Salomone Rossi

By David Salazar

Vache Baroque has announced a trio of concerts to commemorate Salomone Rossi as part of their ROSSI 400 project.

“Rossi was a highly-regarded Jewish violinist and composer working alongside Claudio Monteverdi in Mantua,” said Vache Baroque Artistic Director Jonathan Darbourne in an official press statement. “Not only was he the first to compose contemporary-styled pieces to Hebrew texts, he also pioneered the trio sonata genre that was to become à la mode across Europe during the 17th century. From solo lute songs and instrumental improvisation to expansive double-choir textures, the concert at St John’s Smith Square will be an evening of passionate contrasts – a truly Baroque storytelling.”

First up is “The Vache Dinner” at the Great Hall of The Vache Manor House. Vocal performers include Betty Makharinsky, Clara Kanter, Bradley Smith, and Tristan Hambleton.

Performance Date: Nov. 4, 2023

Next up is “Salomone Rossi Concert at Belsize Square Synagogue.” The showcase will feature Betty Makharinsky, Clara Kanter, Bradley Smith, and Tristan Hambleton. The showcase is part of the Tsitsit Jewish Fringe Festival.

Performance Date: Nov. 11, 2023

Finally, the ensemble will present “A Baroque Hanukkah” at St. John’s Smith Square in London. The showcase will feature Vache Baroque alongside the instrumentalist ensemble La Vaghezza under Vache Baroque Artistic Director Jonathan Darbourne. The concert will frame the Hanukkah story through Rossi’s “The Songs of Solomon,” which was published 400 years ago. Also on the program are works by Campion, Schütz, Cavalli, and Purcell.

Performance Date: Dec. 13, 2023