"Highly original" – The New York Times          "A pleasing symmetry...A dramatic intensity" – The New York Times          "Impeccably curated" – Time Out New York          "Highly original...seductive" – The New York Times          "One of the most consistently innovative and rewarding series in town" – Ariama                "Productions that have rapidly become a favorite destination of New York’s early music crowd"  – MusicWeb International                   "this bold, enterprising series, which hosts first-rate performances of underexposed music in historically resonant settings" –Time Out NY          "Terrific performances in an atmospheric venue, small enough to feel you are part of a salon concert at a private home: what more can you ask of an evening’s entertainment?" – Seen and Heard International          "A pleasingly mathematical elegance in a swift-moving performance, without overstatement or extraneity" – Billevesées           "We've said it before and we'll say it again. Jessica Gould, Founder and Artistic Director of Salon/Sanctuary Concerts, has some of the most original programming around town and has expanded our musical taste in exciting new directions."––Voce di Meche
We are pleased to announce that Salon/Sanctuary Concerts has been selected for WQXR's Salute The Arts Initiative, a program that profiles 36 small cultural non-profit organizations in the New York Metropolitan area.
2014 – 2015 Season
Thursday, October 9th 7:00pm   Jory Vinikour Performs Rameau 
Photo of Jory Vinikour by Kobie van Rensburg
The Abigail Adams Smith Auditorium
417 East 61st Street between First and York

In celebration of the Rameau year, Grammy®-nominated harpsichordist performs an all-Rameau recital at the Abigail Adams Smith Auditorium.


A wine and cheese reception will follow the performance


“... Vinikour is such a perceptive artist, and is so superlative in technical accomplishment, that Rameau’s harpsichord brainstorms sound disarming and at times even revolutionary."

Gramophone, October 2012

From Ghetto to Capella
Interfaith Exchanges in Baroque Italy

Monday, October 27th 7pm Francesco Spagnolo Lecture at Temple Emanu-El
1 East 65th St. between Fifth and Madison
Tuesday, October 28th 6pm Concert at St. Paul's Chapel, Columbia University
1160 Amsterdam Avenue at 116th Street
Lecture: Synagogue Songlines 
Jewish-Christian musical encounters in 17th and 18th-century Italy 
Temple Emanu-El


In the 17th and 18th centuries, the synagogues of the Italian Jewish ghettos of Venice, Mantua, Casale Monferrato, and Siena were the sites of musical performances that included sacred Hebrew texts set to music by Jewish and non-Jewish composers, in the style of the late Renaissance and early Baroque period. The rise of art music in the Italian synagogues has been historically understood as a testimony to Jewish modernity, as a Jewish reaction to ghettoization, and as the birth of a Jewish musical aesthetics. By looking at Gentile involvement in Italian synagogue life, this lecture presents these important musical sources in an entirely new light. 


Francesco Spagnolo is the Curator of The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life and teaches in the Music Department at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the editor of Italian Jewish Musical Traditions (Rome-Jerusalem, 2006) and the co-author of The Jewish World (Rizzoli, 2014). 


Special thanks to The Temple Emanu-El Skirball Center for making this event possible.


Tickets for the lecture are $25, $15 for students, seniors, and members of EMA. This event is free to members of Temple Emanu-El.

Concert: From Ghetto to Capella

St. Paul's Chapel, Columbia University

The ghetto walls that separated Gentile from Jew in Counter-Reformation Italy were more porous than impenetrable, allowing for a rich musical dialogue and vibrant exchange of ideas throughout the baroque era.  

This concert explores the cross-fertilization of Jewish and Catholic musical cultures in the music of Benedetto Marcello, Francesco Durante, Barbara Strozzi, Salomone Rossi, and 16th – 18th century unaccompanied Hebrew chants. Also on the program are selections from the 1759 Hebrew language libretto of Handel's Esther, commissioned by the Jewish community of Amsterdam in the year of the composer's death.

Jessica Gould, soprano & Noa Frenkel, contralto

Grant Herreid, theorbo

James Waldo, viola da gamba

Pedro d'Aquino, harpsichord and organ

This program is a co-presentation of Music at St. Paul's Chapel of Columbia University and was originally developed with the generous support of the Archdiocese of Florence, Italy.

Admission is free and open to the public.

Tuesday, November 11th 7:00pm   Hopkinson Smith Performs Bach
Photo of Hopkinson Smith by Philippe Gontier
The Abigail Adams Smith Auditorium
417 East 61st Street between First and York

In his only New York appearance of the season, Hopkinson Smith performs his own transcriptions of JS, Bach, Suites 1-3, BWV 1007-1009 for German theorbo at the Abigail Adams Smith Auditorium.


A wine and cheese reception will follow the performance.

“Hopkinson Smith is without doubt the finest lute player in the world today”
– San Francisco Chronicle

Saturday, December 13th 8:00pm Denis Diderot, Rameau's Nephew
The Abigail Adams Smith Auditorium
417 East 61st Street between First and York

Steven Rattazzi as the Philosopher
Haskell King as the Nephew
Andrew Appel, harpsichord

Stage Direction and Adaptation by Erica Gould

Hilarity ensues when Diderot pits a hapless buffoon against a stoic philosopher in his stinging satire about the music business and high society of Enlightenment France.

Step into the dusk of the Ancien Regime, as icons tumble, gossips rumble, and musicians hurl their slings. Arrows fly between the fans of French harmony and Italian melody in this site-specific music-theater piece based on the Philosophe's play of opposites.

The game of buffoons and Querelle des Bouffons unfold to the seductive airs of Pergolesi, Galuppi, and the great Rameau, whose anniversary year we cap off with this production of Diderot's witty masterpiece.

All tickets include cafe seating and complimentary vin and pain.

More Between Heaven and Earth 
Thomas Jefferson, Maria Cosway, and the Music and Philosophy of the Enlightenment
Friday, January 9th 7:00pm The American Philosophical Society, Philadelphia, PA
Sunday, January 18th 4:00pm The Bissel Room of Fraunces Tavern, 54 Pearl Street NY, NY
Script and Stage Direction by Erica Gould
Program Concept and Music Research by Jessica Gould
Featuring soloists Jessica Gould, soprano & Tony Boutté, tenor
and the Salon/Sanctuary Chamber Orchestra

Jonathan Cake and Melissa Errico star in Salon/Sanctuary's original production, which travels to two historic institutions this season, Fraunces Tavern in New York City, constructed in 1719, where Jefferson served as the first Secretary of State when Washington's cabinet was upstairs, and the American Philosophical Society in Philadelphia, founded by Benjamin Franklin in 1743, the year of Jefferson's birth.  

The Philadelphia performance is part of the schedule of public events associated with the exhibition Jefferson, Philadelphia, and the Founding of a Nation.

Igniting in Revolutionary Paris and unfolding over a 40-year epistolary relationship, the Jefferson/Cosway correspondence brims with exquisite music and eloquent prose, as the romance between two polymaths, the Statesman-Architect and the Musician-Painter, renders a vivid picture of musical life in 18th century France and America.

The Jefferson/Cosway letters reveal his evolving views on the Separation of Church and State intermingled with her account of a stifling marriage and the limited options open to a woman of brilliance. With an original script composed entirely of selections from their writings, this play with music features repertoire that they heard, composed, played, and sent to each other, including works of Corelli, Hewitt, Sacchini, and Cosway herself.

Tickets are on sale for the performance at Fraunces Tavern. Ezra Barnes will assume the role of Jefferson in the Philadelphia performance.
Jennifer Rivera, mezzo-soprano
Kenneth Merrill, fortepiano
Rossini in Paris
Saturday, January, 24th 8:00pm The Abigail Adams Smith Auditorium, 417 East 61st Street
The fireworks continue long past New Year's with Opera Buffa's greatest genius, Gioachino Rossini.

As his waistline expanded, he tossed fulsome opera for slender song, and left the world a feast of intimate treasures fit for decadent salonistes.

A banquet shared by two masters of the bel canto repertoire, come hear why Stendhal called Rossini "the musical embodiment of Paris."

Repertoire to include La Regata Veneziana, various settings of Mi Lagnerò Tacendo, and songs of Pauline Viardot.

A wine and cheese reception will follow this performance.
February 28th to March 12th
Il Dolce Suono: Music from Donatello's Florence

A globally acclaimed countertenor, a celebrated medieval specialist, an organist of the Duomo of Florence, and an Art Historian of that city’s treasures offer a compelling schedule of concerts, lectures, and a private gallery tour. Please join us in welcoming four guests from across the Atlantic for a celebration of music and art both sacred and secular, Jewish and Christian, from the halcyon days of the Tuscan capital.

Saturday, February 28th Music for Brunelleschi's Dome 
Christ and St. Stephen's Church, 120 West 69th Street
Lecture 6:00pm 
Concert 7:00pm

The completion of The Duomo of Florence in 1436 marked a milestone in architectural history, while the structure later served as a focal point for several great composers. 

Lucia Baldacci, organist of the Duomo, offers a recital of works associated with Brunelleschi’s architectural masterpiece. Repertoire will include works of Dufay, Frescobaldi, Zipoli, and others.

The concert will be preceded at 6pm by a lecture on Donatello and his context in Florentine Art History by Dr. Giovanni Matteo Guidetti, Art Historian and Guide to the City of Florence.

Sunday, March 1st at 4:30pm

Saturday, March 7th at 3:00pm

Sunday, March 8th at 11:00am

Private Exhibition Tour
Sculpture in the Age of Donatello at the Museum of Biblical Art
The Museum of Biblical Art 1865 Broadway at 61st Street 

Dr. Giovanni Matteo Guidetti

If you have bought a ticket and cannot use it, please let us know so that someone else may attend. Thank you.

Florentine Art Historian Giovanni Matteo Guidetti will conduct a private guided tour of the ground-breaking exhibition, which is the first time in history that the Donatello sculptures have left their home at the Museo dell’Opere del Duomo in Florence. 

Dr. Guidetti, a graduate of the University of Florence, has written articles on the Renaissance and Baroque architecture, sculpture, and painting of Florence for numerous publications and given talks on Renaissance Art History and curated conferences throughout Europe. 

He has served as Scientific Director of the  Museo di Arte Sacra di San Donnino a Campi Bisenzioand teaches at the Suola di Arte Sacra in collaboration with the Fondazione Opera del Duomo di Firenze.

He regularly conducts private tours in virtually all the art museums of Florence, and has guided English-speaking visitors through the Donatello sculptures in their home museum countless times throughout the past few years.

The tour is limited to 25 people.

Reservations are required for this event. There will be no admission at the door.

Thursday, March 12th  Il Dolce Suono – Ki Kolech Arev
Jewish and Christian Music from Late Medieval Italy
Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, 30 West 68th Street

Doron Schleifer, countertenor

Corina Marti, clavisimbalum and recorders


Italian polyphonic music in the fourteenth century has been likened to a “dazzling meteor,” flaming into existence then disappearing abruptly with fireworks spent.


One of the most important towns in medieval Italy was republican Florence which rose to prominence in the middle of the 14th century. With its distinct style of music and text, compositions of Francesco Landini, Gherardello da Firenze, Don Paolo da Firenze, Laurentius da Firenze, and Jacopo da Bologna stand out as jewels of the repertoire.


Beyond this sparkling body of polyphony and song was a shadow world of many Jewish musicians and dance-masters who lived in Italy at the time. Alongside the elaborate polyphonic music and flashy dances they would play, sing, dance and teach, they composed hauntingly  beautiful music for the synagogue.      


Some of the most beautiful piyutim, from Achot Ketanah for the High Holidays to Maoz Tzur for Hanukkah reappear in the secular music of the same era and continue to be sung in services today. 

Please join us in welcoming two Basel-based guest artists – Doron Schleifer of Profeti della Quinta and Corina Marti of La Morra – for this special ecumenical concert of stunning late-Medieval repertoire.

Sunday, March 22nd 4:00pm The Church of the Epiphany 
1393 York Avenue at 74th Street

Bradley Brookshire, Harpsichord

Harpsichordist and Metropolitan Opera Assistant Conductor Bradley Brookshire performs works of Buxtehude and the Goldberg Variations of JS Bach, BWV 988.

"Fleet, imaginative, and probing performances."The New York Times

Saturday, April 18th 4:00pm 
The Flag Gallery of the Fraunces Tavern Museum 54 Pearl Street

Exodus: Dreams of the Promised Land in Antebellum America

The Western Wind Vocal Ensemble

with actors Rosalyn Coleman Williams, Jennifer Rau, and Robert McKay

Erica Gould, Script and Stage Direction

Jessica Gould, Program Concept and Dramaturg

Please join us for a moving and joyous celebration of the struggle for freedom and triumph over adversity through theatre and music. 

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.  

Fraunces Tavern, the first site of the American government, sets the stage for starkly beautiful American repertoire. 

"Salon/Sanctuary’s smartly constructed and affecting presentation of Exodus: Dreams of the Promised Land in Antebellum America...built to some crescendos worthy of a Broadway stage."

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