Accustomed as we are to our bustling, secular lives, it can be difficult to imagine the richness of the world that developed behind the walls of the medieval cloister. Although they were under the absolute authority of the church, women there enjoyed an agency and self-direction that were hard to come by on the outside. Their most meaningful personal relationships and an often-profound spiritual renewal were tied to that community, and this autonomous life spawned religious practices and unique musical repertoires that are little-known today. Through their music, the Medieval Women’s Choir takes you behind the walls to experience the metaphysical landscape of the sequestered life.
In honor of Early Music Month, Jouyssance once again presents free concerts around the Los Angeles area. This year we will present a refresh of our hit program from last season, The Canterbury Tales: A Pilgrimage in Song, in Claremont and Tarzana. Love, laughter, lessons and stories abound in this narrative program featuring a variety of sacred, secular and sometimes bawdy early choral music. Works by composers such as Lasso, Dunstable, Fayrfax and Power help illustrate Chaucer’s memorable tales.
Thirty years ago, Margriet Tindemans founded the Medieval Women’s Choir on the premise that medieval music is as accessible as it is inspiring. She believed that any choral singer could learn to love this extraordinary repertoire and, through it, gain an appreciation and understanding of the culture that created it. Three decades on, Margriet’s choir, and her vision, continue to thrive. To celebrate our 30th season, we will revisit some of the medieval repertoire most closely associated with the choir, as well as new pieces written for us over the years by Seattle composer Karen Thomas, Shira Kammen and by Margriet Tindemans herself. For this program, we are pleased to once again welcome long-time MWC collaborator Shira Kammen, multi-instrumentalist and close associate of our founding director.
Featuring: Marian Seibert, voice, Bill McJohn, harp, Peggy Monroe, percussion
With special guest, Shira Kammen.
Directed by: Eric Mentzel
Musica Antigua de Albuquerque presents “A Trip to the Zoo,” a concert about creatures both mythical and real in music from the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Performed with voices and period instruments. Tickets available at the door, or contact Música Antigua for reservations or more information: 505-842-9613, email@example.com. Website: www.musica-antigua.org.
Musica Antigua de Albuquerque presents “A Trip to the Zoo,” a concert about creatures both mythical and real in music from the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Performed with voices and period instruments. Tickets are $20 (seniors $15, students $10); available at the door, or contact Música Antigua for reservations or more information: 505-842-9613, firstname.lastname@example.org. Website: www.musica-antigua.org.