In music both hip and deeply informed by her Hasidic, Yiddish-speaking background, singer Basya Schecter leads seven-piece band Pharaoh’s Daughter in songs of erotic and spiritual desire drawn from the Song of Songs. The band creates a tapestry of sounds influenced by Sephardic, Arabic, and other Middle Eastern musical traditions. Free and open to the public.
Sponsored by the Jewish studies program, with generous support from the programs in Asian studies, Romance languages and cultures; the departments of gender studies, music and religion; the Weissman Center for Leadership; and the offices of student life, religious and spiritual life and dean of faculty . It is also supported by Amherst Hillel, Smith College Jewish Studies program, Hampshire College Jewish Life and a grant from the Harold Grinspoon Foundation.