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Events & Appearances

On Thursday May 2 and Sunday May 5, 2024, in Baltimore, MD, the Peabody Institute’s Renaissance Ensemble, under the direction of Mark Cudek, will perform a program of 16th century Spanish music, in a program titled The Secret Music at Tordesillas: Music for Joan the Mad.  

Both concerts are free and open to the public. Thursday’s event will be livestreamed here, at 7:30 eastern. Click on this link for details: Poster_11x17 PRE concerts May 2024

PAST PUBLIC EVENTS for The Secret Music at Tordesillas:

Sunday, June 26, 2022, at 2:30 pm EASTERN: Indianapolis Early Music presented The Secret Music at Tordesillas. It was a thrill to appear with the Baltimore Consort and countertenor Jose Lemos for a concert weaving together Sephardic ballads, instrumental music from 16th century Spain, and passages from the novel. The program was held at the Frank and Katrina Basile Theater, in the Glick Indiana History Center.


Still available to view: Wednesday, November 10, 2021, Corvallis Friends of the Library Random Review: Hamnet. Click on the link to watch the youtube of my talk on Maggie O’Farrell’s recent novel, based on the life of Anne Hathaway, best known as the wife of a certain celebrated Elizabethan playwright.

Monday, August 2, 2021, 7 pm EASTERN: The Music of Hidden Lives. It was an honor to be in conversation with award-winning novelist Jennifer Steil, whose most recent book, Exile Music, takes her readers on an epic coming-of-age journey from Austria to Bolivia during the rise of Hitler and World War II. Both of our novels feature music–and the struggle to nurture a sense of hope–in oppressive political and cultural times.

Monday, May 3, 2021, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm Pacific, award-winning author Erin McGraw and I read from our recent books, and chatted with our awesome host, David Dodd, at the Benicia Public Library’s Virtual First Mondays reading series.

February 1, 2021, 6:30 – 7:30 pm: Philomath Library Virtual Evening Book Club Author Visit: For more information visit:

Friday July 31, 2020, 7 pm to 8 pm: Sephardic Stories and Music: at University Synagogue, Irvine, California. In the second half of Shabbat services, I enjoyed a robust conversation with Rabbi Arnold Rachlis about the novel, its inspiration, and its relevance to our own cultural moment. Cantor Ruti Braier and Ladino singer Professor Bonita Jaros performed some of the haunting Sephardic romances referenced in the book.


Monday June 1, 2020, 4:5o pm to 6 pm PACIFIC TIME:

We began with a short live musical performance by members of Trio Sefardi, joining us by special appearance from Virginia. Two members of the group performed works featured in the novel. Thank you, Howard and Tina!



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