By: Joshua Danker-Dake | Category: Special Interest | Issue: October 2009
On October 17, the San Antonio Vocal Arts Ensemble (SAVAE) will perform in Tulsa, giving concert-goers an idea of how ancient music from biblical times may have sounded.
The Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art has some great events coming up that will celebrate Jewish culture, art and music. “These events are part of our bonds of commonality, whereby we explore what Tulsa’s Jewish community has in common and how we can enhance with the greater Tulsa community,” says Arthur Feldman, director of the Sherwin Miller Museum.
First up is the Moshe Frumin: Ancient Instruments exhibit. “Moshe Frumin is an artist and archaeologist who, after extensive study, found images of ancient instruments on old coins and wall paintings. He has constructed fully playable replicas of these instruments,” says Feldman. Twenty-one of these instruments are coming to Tulsa for exhibition. They will be on display October 15 through January 25 at the Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art. And the artist himself will be here, conducting a series of workshops at several Tulsa elementary schools.
You’ll get a chance to hear some of these instruments for yourself on October 17. The San Antonio Vocal Arts Ensemble (SAVAE) will be in town presenting Ancient Echoes in concert. “This concert will try to give us some idea of what ancient music from biblical times sounded like, from the time of David to the time of Jesus,” says Feldman. “We know from the biblical texts that the Hebrew people’s praises and psalms featured plenty of singing and dancing. The concert will feature the shofar (ram’s horn), flute, harp, lyre and more. It will be an amazing restoration of what biblical music might have been.”
This ancient music isn’t what most people may be accustomed to. “From what one reads in the Bible, the voice was the first instrument, and the musical instruments – the harps and various string instruments and cymbals and so forth – accompany the voice,” says Feldman.
A replica of an ancient harp, created by artist and archaeologist Moshe Frumin.
This will be a nontraditional concert in that SAVAE will play, and then stop and explain each piece. “We’re very excited for this,” says Feldman. “SAVAE has been on national radio, and they have a recording out. This is a group of lay people who get together to do this – and this is their first trip to Tulsa. So it’s a first for us and a first for the community, and it should be a very interesting concert.” Moshe Frumin will also be at the concert to speak.
The SAVAE Ancient Echoes concert is Saturday, October 17 at 8 p.m. at Oral Roberts University’s Howard Auditorium. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children and students. Some accommodations for groups are available. For tickets, call the Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art at (918) 492-1818.
The Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit them on the web at www.jewishmuseum.net.