Lucidarium Ensemble specializes in bringing little-known repertoires from the Renaissance and Middle Ages back to life in an entertaining, engaging way designed for a 21st century public. This unique combination of cutting-edge research and high-energy, spontaneous performance-style has earned them kudos from the international press. The adventurous and versatile group deftly straddles the boundary between folk and classical traditions in their reconstructions of “overlooked” musical repertoires. In recent years the group has delved deeply into the little-known renaissance-era music of Italian Jewry, using period instruments and signing in Italian, Hebrew, Ladino, Yiddish and Giudeo-Italian. In commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the creation of the Venice Ghetto, as well as the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, Lucidarium presents Sounds from Shylock’s Venice. This unique program conjures the sights and sounds of a day in the life of Shylock, in and out of the Jewish quarter, in the vibrant, colorful world that was Renaissance Venice. Shylock’s Venice was a crucible of cultures and a magnet for immigration, where – in spite of pervasive prejudice – Spanish and German Jews joined their native Italian co-religionists who traced their presence on the Peninsula back to the Roman Empire. Whether escaping repression or coming to find work as merchants or as Hebrew and Kabbalah teachers, Jews profoundly influenced the cultural crossover of 16th century Venice. Avery Gosfield, Franci Biggi, Gloria Moretti, Mauricio Montufar, Enrico Fink, Marco Ferrai, Élodie Poirier and Silvia Fabiani.