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Alkemie presents “Verdant Medicine: Hildegard’s Resonant Apothecary”

April 30 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT

$15 – $100

Join Alkemie for an Interactive Livestream Concert with post-concert Scholar Roundtable on Friday, April 30 at 2 p.m. EDT. This multi-dimensional event will include hand-made Intersensory Program Materials that pair Hildegard von Bingen’s music, texts, and associated images with materials that you can literally smell, taste, touch, and hear.

Mystic, medic, and musician, Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179) expanded both Christian theology and the humoral theory of Galen to connect the viriditas (living greenness) of plants and the metaphorical viridity of spirituality directly to the human body and its functioning.

This program situates Hildegard’s music within her understanding of medieval pharmacognosy (i.e. plant medicine), sharing her vision of an earth-bound transcendence that connects humans to the divine through spiritual “greening” and the five senses. Her beliefs are mirrored in the music she wrote for her nuns—ecstatic chants in which unfurling branches, earthbound roots, and medicinal spices are depicted in soaring melodies that swirl throughout an almost three-octave range.

The premiere concert broadcast will be immediately followed by a roundtable conversation with the musicians and with three noted scholars, Dr. Victoria Sweet, Dr. Alisha Rankin, and Dr. Minji Lee, and moderated by Johns Hopkins historian of medicine Dr. Mary Fissell.

Tickets start at $15; please contact to inquire about group viewing rates and/or if circumstances necessitate financial aid. ORDER by April 22 to ensure timely delivery of interactive program materials. The broadcast will be available On-Demand through May 16, 2021.

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April 30
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT
$15 – $100
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