Hildegard von Bingen, De virginibus

The repertoire, which has a range that goes from Middle Ages to contemporary music, shows the studies fields the choir is interested in. They converge over some themes, everyone of these is supposed to be an idea that, in a concert, can lead the attention and, at the same time, it could strengthen and enhance the messages and the emotions only music can inspire.
So, everyone of the following themes answers to a monographic program proposal. For each one of these we give you a description, authors, approximate duration and the eventual notice.
The choice of a date it’s always to fix in agree with the choir, which is usually available since the second week of September to the end of June, except for special cases.

Hildegard von Bingen: thw Soul’s Ecstasy
quote-aThe body is truly the garment of the soul, which has a living voice; for that reason it is fitting that the body, simultaneously with the soul, repeatedly sings praises to God through the voice.
For Hildegard von Bingen, music was the vehicle that facilitated union between God and humankind, and song represented one of the highest and most joyful expressions of prayer.
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Gaudium et Virtus
Over the centuries, the Virtues have been artistically interpreted not only in music but in representational art and literature as well. Here, the Chorus performs a section (specifically, the second scene of the second act) of Hildegard von Bingen’s Ordo Virtutum, the first morality play to reach us intact.
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Nomen Mariae: Marian Prayer across the Centuries
The Blessed Virgin Mary has served as an inspiration for virtually every composer who has dedicated him- or herself to sacred music. Prayers and antiphons such as Ave Maria, Regina Coeli, Salve Regina, or the Stabat Mater are universally recognized, recited, and performed, and the wide choice of music represents a literal embarrassment of riches.
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Hodie aperuit clausa porta
quote-aToday a closed door was opened for us, as the snake stifled under a women. Therefore, the flower of the Virgin Mary is shining in the dawn.
The words of this antiphon to the Virgin Mary, open us our Christmas concerts together with polyphony and the Gregorian chants to sing during Christmas-time liturgy.
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Stabant Matres: Meditations on Sorrow and Atonement
Meditations on sorrow and suffering constitute one of the most deeply felt themes in sacred music, and examples range from descriptions of the Passion of Christ drawn from the Gospels to the tender and poetic invocations of Jeremiah and Job to the Psalms’ prayers of lamentation.
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The Tempo of Life: Passages of Transformations
Concert and Theatrical Performance Based on the Life and Work of Fanny Mendelssohn (1805-1847)
Piano: Adriana Mascoli
Three actors and soprano soloist
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Musica Domina: The Presence of Women in Musical Texts and Compositions
quote-aHistorical compositions by women continue to be considered a so-called “minor” musical genre. Throughout history, however, a large number of women composed music, though their work remains buried in archives and libraries and has never benefited from adequate dissemination.
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