Virtual Concert: I Sing a New Song
March 20 @ 7:30 pm - April 18 @ 11:30 pm EDTPay what you want
I Sing a New Song: The Epic Journey of a Traveling Musician in the Middle Ages is a program of Medieval music produced in collaboration with Cleveland-based Medieval ensemble Trobár. Following in-person concerts in Cleveland and Chicago (Feb. 29 – Mar. 3), the digital concert will premiere on March 20 and be available for online viewing until April 18.
I Sing a New Song features music that would have been performed by musicians who undertook the perilous journeys to Europe’s famous menestrel schools in the Middle Ages. The word menestrel, literally “minstrel,” refers to the secular musicians who were active in Europe between 1250 and 1500. I Sing a New Song tells the story of a menestrel and her companions as they journey from Paris to a menestrel school in Brussels. These schools were international conventions where musicians gathered to buy instruments, network, compete for prizes, and learn new songs to take back to their home cities. France, Germany, and the Low Countries were popular locations for menestrel schools, though participating musicians came from around Europe, sometimes traveling hundreds of miles through challenging territory.
Two shawms and a medieval slide trumpet join the cast for rollicking dances and ornamented song melodies. While most of the music at menestrel schools was learned by ear, some of it was later compiled into collections by Liebhard Eghenvelder, Judocus de Windsheim (the Lochamer Liederbuch), and other scribes. French musicians were also particularly well-represented, and the program will include music by composers such as Guillaume de Machaut and Pierre des Molins. The music will be brought to life with vivid art and text curated by musicologist and graphic designer Shawn Keener. Featured performers: Liza Malamut, Allison Monroe, Elena Mullins, Karin Weston, Debra Nagy, Priscilla Herreid, Gabe Smallwood.
The concert has a recommended ticket price of $25, as well as a pay-what-you-want option.
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