Baruch College Hosts Performance and Q&A of Persian and Jewish Music

Galeet Dardashti at Baruch’s Jewish Studies Center

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NEW YORK, NY- October 8, 2013 – Baruch College’s Jewish Studies Center invites you to an evening of dance and discussion with Galeet Dardashti’s Monajat: A Performance of Persian and Jewish Music, on Wednesday, November 6.

Galeet Dardashti is a scholar and musician. As the first woman to continue her family’s tradition of distinguished Persian and Jewish musicianship, Dardashti pursues her passion for Jewish music as Middle Eastern vocal innovator/composer, cantor, and scholar.

Her most recent multi-sensory piece, Monajat – commissioned by the Foundation for Jewish Culture- is inspired by old and haunting recordings of the Jewish prayers of Selihot chanted by Galeet Dardashti’s grandfather – a master singer of Persian classical music. Dardashti reinvents the deep and reflective musical ritual of Selihot using digital technology to sing with her famed Iranian grandfather, composing original music to other sacred Jewish and Persian poetry, and performing with an acclaimed ensemble of Middle Eastern and jazz musicians. Audiences are enveloped into the ritual with Persian melodies, poetic Hebrew texts, electronic soundscapes, and dynamic video art.

This event is free and open to the public.

See complete agenda here.

WHAT: Galeet Dardashti’s Monajat: A Performance of Persian and Jewish Music

WHEN: Wednesday, November 6

8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

WHERE: Baruch College Performing Arts Center

 55 Lexington Ave., (Enter on 25th St., between 3rd and Lex.)



About The Jewish Studies Center:

The Sandra Kahn Wasserman Jewish Studies Center (JSC) in the Weissman School of Arts and Sciences at Baruch College reflects the legacy and heritage of the college, its tradition of educating New York City immigrants, its diverse population, and its special relationship to and place within Manhattan. The JSC is uniquely positioned to take advantage of Baruch College’s Zicklin School of Business, School of Public Affairs, and Weissman School of Arts and Sciences as well as the Baruch Performing Arts Center. The JSC is dedicated to teaching and informing the Baruch community and public about the history and experiences of Jews in America, specifically in New York City. Public programs, courses, events, and campus activities will focus on the Jewish immigration to New york City, and address some of the biggest issues and challenges currently facing today’s American Jewish community — Jewish philanthropy, Jewish business ethics, Jewish politics, Jewish identity and continuity, and the changing face of American Jewry.

About Baruch College:

Baruch College is a senior college in the City University of New York (CUNY) with a total enrollment of more than 17,000 students, who represent 160 countries and speak more than 100 languages. Ranked among the top 15% of U.S. colleges and the No. 5 public regional university, Baruch College is regularly recognized as among the most ethnically diverse colleges in the country. As a public institution with a tradition of academic excellence, Baruch College offers accessibility and opportunity for students from every corner of New York City and from around the world. For more about Baruch College, go to


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