A Screening and Q&A with Elam Rotem of Profeti della Quinta
January 21, 2020 7 pm | Hosted by Artistic Associate, Paul Jenkins
Join core member and Artistic Associate, Paul Jenkins for an exclusive, Canadian-Premiere screening of the 2012 documentary film Hebreo: The Search for Salamone Rossi by Joseph Rochlitz, followed by a question and answer period with special guest, and artistic director of Profeti della Quinta, Elam Rotem.
Note: This event takes place in Innis Town Hall Theatre at the University of Toronto, 2 Sussex Ave, Toronto, ON M5S 1J5. For directions, click here.
Elam Rotem is a harpsichordist, composer, and singer. He is the founder and director of Profeti della Quinta. He specialized in historical performance practice at the Schola Cantorum in Basel, and graduated with a master’s degree in continuo playing and another in improvisation and composition. In 2014, Rotem established the award winning resources website Early Music Sources (www.earlymusicsources.com). In 2016, he finished his PhD thesis with distinction (“Early Basso Continuo Practice: Implicit Evidence in the Music of Emilio de’ Cavalieri”), within a new collaborative program between the Schola Cantorum in Basel and the University of Würzburg, Germany.
In the late Renaissance, at the height of Mantua’s artistic splendour, a young Jewish violinist burst through the barriers of discrimination and became one of the most renowned composers and performers at the court of the Gonzaga dukes. And in 1622 he revolutionized Jewish music with his “Songs of Solomon”, the first collection ever of originally composed music for Hebrew psalms and prayers. Yet very little is known about the personal and creative life of Salomone Rossi Hebreo – Salomone Rossi the Jew. In this documentary, the prize-winning vocal ensemble “Profeti della Quinta” rehearse and perform Rossi’s music in the magnificent town of Mantua, in preparation for a special concert in the Gonzaga dukes’ pleasure palace. With the help of expert historians and musicologists, they shed fascinating light on this elusive man and his extraordinary music.