Please note revised start time: 5:00pm Pacific.

Come learn with us about the professionalization of Ashkenazi cantors in early modern Europe (1500-1800), an era of profound musical experimentation and transgression, with resident scholar Cantor Matt Austerklein.

This public lecture is part of  Shakespeare and Sacred Texts: A Midsummer Retreat, a week-long immersive program of workshops, lectures, performances, and festive meals. Register for the whole experience through our partner, the Jewish Collaborative of Orange County. This evening lecture by Cantor Austerklein is free and open to all.

Cantor Matt Austerklein is a prayer leader, musician, and scholar exploring the religious meaning of Jewish musical forms. A congregational cantor for over a decade, Matt has worked in diverse pastoral, lifecycle, and educational settings. He serves as a mentor to new and student cantors, and works on projects shaping the Jewish musical future. Matt is is a multi-genre artist of contemporary and classic Jewish music. He is currently a PhD candidate in Jewish Studies at Halle-Wittenberg University (Germany), where he is writing his dissertation on the professionalization of Ashkenazi cantors in early modern Europe.

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