East of the River: Hamsa


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April 30th at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, East Liberty | Venue Info
Concerts: 5 PM & 8 PM in Hicks Memorial Chapel
Lecture and Q&A in Long Hall: 3-4 PM
Barbour Library Hours: 10 AM-2 PM
Barbour Library Guided Tour: 12:30-1:30 PM
Kelso Museum Visit: 1-4:30 PM

Music from Andalusia, the Ottoman Empire, North Africa, and the Sephardic Diaspora

East of the River performs music from Jewish and Ottoman traditions of the 13th through 18th centuries. Listeners will hear Hebrew, Arabic, and Ladino (Medieval Judaeo-Spanish) in this program consisting of songs and dances from liturgical and folk traditions, and will hear examples of classical instrumental music from the Ottoman court as well. These various types of music aren’t built with Western musical conventions, but rather, use the system of microtonal melodic modes referred to as the Arabic makam. The concerts will be held at Hicks Memorial Chapel on the campus of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, home of the Kelso Museum of Near Eastern Archaeology. The museum will be open from 1-4:30 PM and will feature a special display (details below).

East of the River
Nina Stern recorders & chalumeau
Daphna Mor recorders & voice
Ronnie Malley ‘oud & voice
Tal Mashiach bass
Shane Shanahan percussion

East of the River, founded by internationally-renowned recorder players Nina Stern and Daphna Mor, explores the timeless gems of the Medieval European classical repertory together with virtuosic and haunting melodies of the traditions of the Middle East, Armenia, North Africa and the Balkans. East of the River’s music is arranged and interpreted by musicians whose backgrounds are of classical, Jazz and folk traditions. Read More

Required Health Questionnaire

Pittsburgh Theological Seminary’s COVID-19 safety protocols require that visitors fill out a health questionnaire. Please review these protocols and complete the questionnaire prior to your arrival on campus on Saturday, April 30th.

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Lecture and Q&A (3-4 PM, John Knox Room in Long Hall)
East of the River’s Nina Stern, Daphna Mor, and Ronnie Malley will conduct this program entitled, Creating the Hamsa Program: Jewish Liturgy and Folk Songs, Ottoman Music, Instrumentation and Musical Arrangements.” Registration not necessary but appreciated.

Barbour Library (10 AM – 2 PM; Guided Tour at 12:30pm)
The Seminary’s Barbour Library will be open from 10 AM to 2 PM. Capacity for the guided tour is limited to 20 people. Tour admission without registration is on a first come, first serve basis.

Kelso Museum of Near Eastern Archaeology (1pm-4:30pm; Long Hall ground floor)
Especially for the East of the River program, museum staff have created a special display of ancient coins from several centuries of the Ottoman Empire as well as Jewish coins dating back to the First Revolt against Rome in the first century CE. Capacity at the Kelso Museum is limited to 20 people per half hour time slot. Admission without registration is on a first come, first serve basis.

To register in advance, please see the link in your ticket confirmation email


Things to Know About Attending

  • Proof of vaccination (or negative PCR test) and adherence to COVID safety protocols required (click here for more information)
  • All subscribers and advance single ticket buyers will automatically receive a link to the concert video once it is released at no additional charge

Additional information

Performance Time

Saturday, April 30, 5 PM Hicks Memorial Chapel, Saturday, April 30, 8 PM Hicks Memorial Chapel

Ticket Type

General, Senior (65+), Student

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