Original Programming

Since its inception in 2009, Salon/Sanctuary Concerts has set a path apart from other early music presenters with the conception, development, and presentation of numerous original programs that have garnered significant critical recognition. 

We welcome inquiries from other presenters regarding the inclusion of our programs on other series, and will respond to all requests.

A selection of our original programs include the following:

From Ghetto to Palazzo: The Worlds of Salomone Rossi Hebreo
Originated in 2010 with a performance at Temple Emanu-El, From Ghetto to Palazzo is one of our most popular programs. Ensembles which have been engaged by Salon/Sanctuary to perform this program on our season are the Clarion Society, the Western Wind, and Profeti della Quinta, which made their US and NY debuts performing Rossi on this program at the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust in January 2014.

From Ghetto to Capella: Interfaith Exchanges in the Music of Baroque Italy
An expansion of our Rossi program was developed in the spring of 2014 in Florence, Italy and premiered in New York City on October 2014. From Ghetto to Capella explores the cross-fertilization between Catholic and Jewish musical cultures in the baroque period. The program features repertoire in Hebrew, Latin, and Italian from as early as 8th century Yemen and as late as 18th century Amsterdam, with a focus on the Veneto.

More Between Heaven and Earth: 
Thomas Jefferson, Maria Cosway, and the Music and Philosophy of the Enlightenment
This interdisciplinary program features an original script constructed from the writings of Thomas Jefferson and Maria Cosway, interspersed with selections of music that they heard and sent to each other. Premiered in 2011 with Matthew Modine in the title role and repeated in 2013 in a production starring Campbell Scott, in 2014 MBHE receives its Philadelphia premiere in a production presented and co-produced by the American Philosophical Society at Franklin Hall.

A sacred program for two female singers, strings and continuo, Mary/Magdalene is a Lenten program. Recent discoveries in baroque Italian repertoire dramatize the personae of the two Marys as they witness the Crucifixion.

Exodus: Dreams of the Promised Land in Antebellum America
The enduring power of liberation imagery in the early American consciousness comes to life through works by William Billings (1746 – 1800), Stephen Jenks (1772 – 1856), early spirituals and Shaker hymns performed with historical texts selected from abolitionist writings and slave and suffragette narratives, including selections from Solomon Northup, Twelve Years a Slave.