Words of Love and Wisdom
This program features some of Hildegard of Bingen’s most ecstatic chants, including O Jerusalem and O Viridissima Virga, reflecting her most important sources of inspiration: Mother Church, Saints, The Virgin Mary, and The Divine Feminine, as represented by Love and Wisdom. These chants are interwoven with new works by acclaimed composers Caroline Shaw, the youngest ever winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Music, Caleb Burhans, “New York’s mohawked Mozart” (Time Out New York), Joel Phillip Friedman, Daniel Thomas Davis, and Jacqueline Horner-Kwiatek, making her compositional debut. The new works are based on, or influenced by, Hildegard’s philosophic writings, her music, and her visions, and each composer presents their own unique and personal interpretation. The resulting program is an exciting a tour de force for both singers and composers.
A Midwinter Feast
A holiday program featuring beloved English medieval and Renaissance carols, including There is no Rose, A Virgin Unspotted and Green Groweth the Holly (attributed to Henry VIII). Also included are English carols from the 20th and 21st century by Nicola Lefanu and Peter Maxwell Davies, and new arrangements of old favorites, including In the Bleak Midwinter, O Little Town of Bethlehem and The Holly and the Ivy. The program will also feature a new commission by British composer Andrew Lovett.
The Living Word: Works by Hildegard of Bingen, Julianna Barwick, Ben Frost and Angélica Negrón
In this program of music for voices and electronics, chants by 12th century mystic Hildegard of Bingen are interwoven with newly commissioned pieces by visionary composer-producers Ben Frost, Angelica Negron and Julianna Barwick. ModernMedieval will be joined by Barwick on “Adder” for four voices and electronics, and by Frost and Negron for their world premieres.
We are also interested in creating programs in collaboration with presenters, according to the needs of the venue or concert series.