Tuesday, September 11, 2012

sept 16 | ordo virtutum

A fantastic opportunity to see a rarely produced piece by Hildegard von Bingen.

Hildegard von Bingen was one of the pre-eminent figures of 12th century Europe. Abbess, mystic, healer, naturalist, author and composer, Hildegard influenced the lives of the powerful in both Church and state and left a legacy of music, art and writing that is as eclectic as that of Leonardo da Vinci. In the last few years, much of her music has been re-discovered and recorded.

Her musical drama, Ordo virtutum (The Way of the Virtues) is the earliest known medieval drama of its kind and is rarely performed. Ordo virtutum dramatizes the struggle between the virtues and the devil for the soul of a young novice It may have been first performed by Hildegard’s nuns on the occasion of the dedication of her new abbey at St. Rupertsberg (near Bingen on the Rhine River).

The performers: The Ordo Collective, an all female ensemble, is a gifted group of Edmonton-based professional and semi-professional singers under the direction of Eva Bostrand. “These women can sing!”

Ordo Virtutum
Christ Church Cathedral, Vancouver (690 Burrard Street, Vancouver)
Advance Tickets: Adults $20; Students/Seniors $15
At the door: Adults $25; Students/Seniors $20

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