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‘Sacred Bridge’ a meeting of ensembles - and faiths

CAMBRIDGE - The Boston Camerata’s “The Sacred Bridge: Jews, Christians, and Muslims in Medieval Europe’’ production goes back to 1990, but no program that brings together the three Abrahamic faiths will ever be out of date. Saturday at Longy School of Music’s Pickman Hall, the Camerata was joined by Sharq Arabic Music Ensemble for a evening that reminded us how readily Jews, Christians, and Muslims meet in prayer and song and dance.

Camerata music director emeritus Joel Cohen was the lighthearted host, reminding the packed house that “Jewish entertainers did not start with Groucho Marx and Woody Allen’’ and describing the 13th-century poet Isaac Gorni as “a medieval Jewish schlemiel in Provence.’’ The evening started in dramatic fashion: Jesse Lepkoff walked out on stage and played a flute melody, then Anne Azéma and Michael Collver joined in from the balcony, singing a Sephardic prayer in Hebrew and Spanish. Cohen came out and sang Psalm 137 - “By the Rivers of Babylon’’ - in Hebrew, with his back to the audience, as if in exile.

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