Practice of Love in Medieval & Modern Music
Sunday, March 4, 2018 at 4pm
St. Bede's Episcopal Church, Menlo Park
Vajra Voices presents music of the 14th-century master trouvére Guillaume de Machaut and a new work by Theresa Wong: To Burst, To Bloom on the Arts at St. Bede's Concert Series. In his Le Lai de la Fonteinne, Machaut likens the Trinity to a fountain and lauds the Virgin Mary and the chivalric virtuous practice of loving the unattainable. Wong’s piece is a setting of six poems by the 12th-century female Taoist Immortal, Sun Bu’er intended as meditations on inner alchemy.
Tickets $20 general admission/$15 students & seniors.
Available at the door or in advance.
For more details, visit www.stbedesmenlopark.org.
Workshop: Machaut's Le Lay de la Fonteinne
Saturday, May 5, 2018 from 10am to 4pm
Arlington Community Church, Kensington, CA
Vajra Voices presents a workshop on singing the medieval polphony of Guillaume de Machaut. The Lay of the Fountain is a beautiful poem which uses the image of a fountain as metaphor for the Holy Trinity. The fourteen verses alternate solos with 3-voice chaces (rounds) using Machaut's intricate modal compositions.
Intermediate to advanced singers will appreciate this workshop which offers: vocal exercises, pronunciation of medieval French (using IPA), and in-class participant performances and coaching. Teachers include: Karen R. Clark (Director), Amy Stuart Hunn, and Allison Zelles Lloyd.
Annus Novus: One Yeare Begins
with Shira Kammen and Kit Higginson
MEDIEVAL POETRY, MUSIC, & MAGIC TO RING IN THE NEW YEAR
Friday, January 5, 2018 at 8PM
First Presbyterian Church, Palo Alto
Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 7:30PM
St. John's Presbyterian Church, Berkeley
Sunday, January 7, 2018 at 4PM
St. Mark's Lutheran Church, San Francisco
The “elegant, full-blooded” singing of Vajra Voices and zesty vibrant harp & vielle playing of Shira Kammen join together with instrumentalist & magician Kit Higginson to illuminate the mystery and wonder of the new year. This program boasts medieval florid chant, luscious French motets, and chansons of Dufay, such as, Bon jour, Bon mois, bon an. Beautiful Middle English poems told in enchanting settings and enhanced by a bit of mystery. Join this celebration of new beginnings that hearkens back to the magic of Winter’s light. Festive attire is suggested.
For more details, visit www.sfems.org.