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Sephardic Journey

Sephardic Journey

Sunday, April 17, 2016 - 2:00 pm

Husband and wife musicians Eugenia Moliner, flute, and Denis Azabagic, guitar, are dedicated soloists and chamber musicians. As the internationally acclaimed Cavatina Duo, they have performed in major venues around the world — from the Ravinia Festival here at home to as far afield as the National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing.

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For their new Cedille Records CD, they commissioned new compositions inspired by Sephardic music from the Jews of Spain.

For this Spring Spertus Concert, they were joined by special guests Desirée Ruhstrat and David Cunliffe of the Lincoln Trio.

The musicians also signed CDs following the performance.

This project was born of profound personal discovery for Eugenia Moliner (who is from Spain) and Denis Azabagic (from Bosnia), when both found out as adults that their families are descended from Spanish Jews.

Critical Acclaim for Cavatina Duo

This “flute-and-guitar duo... is generally considered to be the best of them”

“They worked a kind of magic with their instruments... the collaborative powers of this couple are extraordinary”

Musical Program

Sephardic Journey includes new works based on old Sephardic melodies as well as a piece based on a story by award-winning writer Nathan Englander. The concert included:

  • Isabel—pays tribute to Isabel de los Olives y López and her persecution during the Spanish Inquisition
  • Trio Sefardi—three movements, each employing one melody from the Sephardic repertoire
  • Acrobats—from Nathan Englander’s short story The Tumblers
  • Plegaria y Canto—inspired by a vision at the coast near Borriana in Eastern Spain

Guest Performers

Desiree Ruhstrat and David CunliffeDesiree Ruhstrat, violin, and David Cunliffe, cello, have performed at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, and in Europe, Asia and South America.


Silver Performance Sponsor
Brookdale Senior Living