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February 18, 2005

Chanticleer to premiere new music theater work

Playbill (NY):

The vocal ensemble Chanticleer will give the world premiere in June of a new music theater work about the 12th-century abbess and composer Hildegard von Bingen. Hildegard: A Measure of Joy will premiere at the Calvary Presbyterian Church in San Francisco on June 3 before moving to San Jose, Berkeley, and Sacramento. Prominent opera director Francesca Zambello will direct; the libretto is by playwright Donna DiVovelli. The score will include works by Hildegard and her contemporaries, as well as new music by Régis Camp and Steven Stucky.

A writer, encyclopedist, healer, and the founder of two monasteries, Hildegard composed a great deal of plainchant liturgical music, including antiphons, responsories, sequences, and hymns. Recordings of her work have topped the Billboard charts several times over the last two decades and helped to spark a craze for music of the period. The new work depicts a meeting of twelve cardinals considering whether Hildegard should be canonized.

Posted by acapnews at February 18, 2005 12:03 AM