Rosa das Rosas:
Songs of the Virgin Mary
The centuries-old Marian repertoire of Medieval Europe features a variety of styles – beautiful melodies, intricate polyphony, and boisterous dances – honoring and celebrating the Virgin. The Spanish tradition featured in this program is particularly rich: pilgrim songs from the Llibre Vermell de Montseratt; songs and hymns from Cantigas de Santa Maria from the court of Alfonso X; works from the Huelgas Codex prepared for the nuns of the convent of Santa María la Real de Las Huelgas; Villancicos and other fifteenth century works.
Particularly well-suited to perform this music, the Medieval vocal and instrumental ensemble Alkemie (David McCormick and Niccolo Seligmann, vielle; Tracy Cowart, voice and harp; Elena Mullins, voice; Sian Ricketts, voice and recorder) creates an exciting musical experience grounded in historical performance practice and spiced with its dedication to experimentation within the medieval tradition.
Friday, October 20, 2017 | 8:00 pm
St. George’s Episcopal Church | 915 N. Oakland | Arlington, VA