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November 9 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm EST$5 – $20
The medieval concept of the Florilegium, or “gathering of flowers,” referred to the process of picking and choosing passages from important early writings and gathering them together in a new arrangement or anthology. Likewise, in this program, Trobár plucks excerpts from four medieval stories with music, two allegories, a pastoral comedy, and a political satire, exploring the ways that the music embellishes and amplifies the stories, heightening the drama or offering moments of reflection. With music by Hildegard von Bingen, Adam de la Halle, and others, alongside images from the manuscripts, and presented by a mix of voices and instruments, including guest artist Nathan Dougherty, come enjoy our bouquet of medieval storytelling!
Trobár is a small band of voices and instruments dedicated to bringing alive medieval music and its stories of medieval peoples. The Occitan word trobar, meaning “to find, to create, to compose,” encapsulates the spirit of discovery and invention that we bring to the musical texts of the Middle Ages. The three members of Trobár – Allison Monroe (voice, vielle, rebec, harp), Elena Mullins (voice, percussion), and Karin Weston (voice, flute) – met while studying historical performance practice at Case Western Reserve University, where we learned to combine the perspectives of performers and scholars. In addition to producing a series of concerts in Cleveland, Trobár has been in residence at the University of Louisville and Avaloch Farm Music Institute, and has performed on various series including with the Eliot Society in the Washington D.C. area, Catacoustic Consort in Cincinnati, OH, and the Gotham Early Music Scene in NYC. Individually, the members of Trobár are active in the American medieval scene and have performed with the Newberry Consort, Les Délices, Boston Camerata and Alkemie.