Celebrate the centennial of women's suffrage with a
whole year of music by women!
Saturday, October 19, 2019 - 7pm - Eliot Church of Newton
Sunday, October 20, 2019 - 5pm - St. Paul's Brookline
Immerse yourself in an ancient illuminated manuscript: CC's women clothed in Cistercian habit chant the hours in the medieval monastic day in 1554, Belgium; in between each "hour" explore, inspect, read, listen to scholars, eat and drink as we display HighRes reproductions of the pages from the Salzinnes Antiphonal, bookmaking tools, food and drink from that time and place. Scholar Judith Dietz, discoverer of the Salzinnes Antiphonal*, will be present for Q&A's.
*The Salzinnes Antiphonal is in teh collection of the Patrick Power Library, St Mary's University, Halifax, Nova Scotia. We are deeply indebted to them, and to Judith Dietz, for permission to draw from its pages.
Hildegard von Bingen's "Ordo Virtutum"
Saturday, February 22, 2020 - 7pm - Eliot Church of Newton
Sunday, February 23, 2020 - 5pm - St. Paul's Brookline
Immerse yourself in chanted opera: what Director LeClair calls the very first opera, written around 1150 by Abbess and now St. Hildegard von Bingen, fully staged for modern audiences with 18 women and men lending gender fluidity to the various ancient roles; with Na'ama Lion, flute, Nancy Hurrell, harp, Laura Jeppesen, vielle, and Mike Williams, percussion.
Cancelled: ReSOUND in the CONVENT
Saturday, April 4, 2020 - 7pm - Eliot Church of Newton
Sunday, April 5, 2020 - 5pm - First Parish Cambridge
Immerse yourself in moving constellations of singers: featuring music by virtually every baroque nun we have championed from the Northern Italian baroque, such as Chiara Cozzolani, Raffaella Aleotti, Bianca Maria Media, Sulpitia Cesis, plus new music by Patricia Van Ness and Suzanne Sheppard. With Dan Stepner and Julie Levin, violins, Laura Jeppesen, gamba, and Catherine Liddell, theorbo.
Cancelled: The Dinner Party illuminated by the spectacular art of Fran Forman!
Saturday, May 16, 2020 - 7pm - Eliot Church of Newton
Sunday, May 17, 2020 - 5pm - St. Paul's Brookline
Immerse yourself in visual and musical beauty: CC and friends Na'ama Lion, flute, Nancy Hurrell, harp, Catherine Liddell and Charles Iner, theorbos and baroque guitars, and Mike Williams, percussion, gather around a table to sing "after dinner" entertainment part-songs by Barbara Strozzi, Vittoria Aleotti, Rebecca Clarke, and Fanny Mendelssohn, all illuminated by the stunning images of visual artist Fran Forman franforman.com !
$35/Adults, $30/Seniors, $20/Students
Early bird tickets:
$30/Adults, $25/Seniors, $15/Students
(available online Sept. 1)
"Eavesdrop on paradise!"
- BOSTON GLOBE