A Medieval Veneration of the Divine Feminine
This program emphasizes the rich body of work that Hildegard von Bingen devotes to the Divine Feminine. Main chant forms used by the 12th century mystic include devotional antiphons to Divine Wisdom and Divine Love. Readings from Hildegard's visions detailing the appearance of the virtues and their purpose- to work within the human being- create an atmosphere of reverence, contemplation, and jubilation.
Winter’s Glad Song:
A Medieval & Renaissance Music Celebration
The heartfelt elegant singing of Vajra Voices joins with the earthy and vibrant Shira Kammen to create an atmosphere of pure joy. Winter’s Glad Song features rapturous florid medieval chant of Hildegard von Bingen and electric Aquitanian organum contrasted by ancient and traditional carols and dance. The program weaves together a delightful musical journey that invites audience participation in the singing of carols, and, when possible, in a candlelit setting.
O Viriditas: A Medieval Vespers In Praise of Nature
An evening prayer service featuring the 12th century mystic, Hildegard von Bingen's music takes inspiration from viriditas or greenness, which Hildegard used to connote spiritual awakening and stewardship of the earth. Readings from Hildegard's books and letters are interspersed with her songs in a contemplative and joyful celebration. A sample program from our CD release concert can be viewed here.
Remembered Migrations: Voices of Women in Medieval to Modern Song
Inspired by the stories of women, this program weaves the medieval troubadours with more recent folk traditions to include music of Jean Ritchie, and Bob Dylan. Composer-cellist-vocalist, Theresa Wong joins Vajra Voices and Shira Kammen to explore improvisation and the premieres of new works by Wong, and Kammen.
Nova Gaudia! Sing In the New Year
The title for this concert Nova Gaudia- New Joy- comes from an 11th century hymn found in the St. Marial ms. The florid 2-voice chant style - called organum- is contrasted here by Benjamin Britten's Ceremony of Carols, and the meditative Most Holy Mother of God by Arvo Pärt. In select ancient hymns, the audience is invited to sing along, and, when possible, in a candlelight setting.