2015-2016 Concert Season
Please join the Medieval Women’s Choir for another spectacular season of medieval music – and new works – from around the world.
Natus est Rex!
Dec. 19 2015 at St. James Cathedral 8:00 p.m.
Celebrate the holiday season with solemn hymns, irresistible dances, luscious motets, and songs of praise for St. Nicholas, the Virgin Mary, the New Year, and of course, Christmas. Our European holiday tour draws on music from Italy, Aquitaine, France, Spain and England.
The Song of the Angels
March 5, 2016 at Trinity Parish at 8:00 p.m.
What is the language of heaven? What is the song of the angels? Medieval theologians and singers thought they might know. Beginning in the 11th century, wordless song was seen as a way to approximate the language of paradise, incomprehensible on earth but understood by God. Recent research has shown how medieval singers interpolated such singing into their daily devotions, expressing the joys of the divine in language both earthly and heavenly.
Visions in the Cloister
May 21, 2016 at Trinity Parish at 8:00 p.m.
It is hard for us to imagine the intense spiritual life of the medieval cloister, where mystical visions were commonplace. “Sister Books,” collections of short biographies of the cloister’s former residents, were assembled to provide an example and inspiration for younger nuns; visions figure in many of the accounts and are often associated with particular pieces of music. Join the Medieval Women’s Choir as we explore the ecstatic inner lives of medieval nuns.