From the Outer Spheres to the Inner Senses: Finding Voices in Medieval Song

A special performance by Concordian Dawn, ensemble for medieval music, with accompanying lecture by Sarah Kay (New York University)
Nov 4, 2022 at - | Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center - Class of 1978 Orrery Pavilion, Kislak Center, 6th floor, 3420 Walnut Street Philadelphia, PA 19104

From the Outer Spheres to the Inner Senses: Finding Voices in Medieval Song

November 4, 2022 (Friday) - 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Class of 1978 Orrery Pavilion
Van Pelt-Dietrich Library, 6th floor
3417 Spruce St
Philadelphia, PA 19104

This collaborative event – part lecture, part concert – by medieval literary scholar Sarah Kay and early music ensemble Concordian Dawn, under director Christopher Preston Thompson, draws on the experimental book Medieval Song from Aristotle to Opera (Kay) and its companion website of recordings (dir. Thompson). Together they find the sounds of medieval song in the least expected places: stars, the dawn light, the touch of a hand, beasts’ breath, and wild imaginings. The songs on their program range from the earliest alba to Machaut but their voices sound from the outer spheres to the inner senses.

REGISTER: https://libcal.library.upenn.edu/calendar/kislak/concordian_dawn


Co-sponsored by:

Department of Music
Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts
Wolf Humanities Center
Department of Classical Studies
Center for Italian Studies
Global Medieval and Renaissance Studies
French and Francophone, Italian, and Germanic Studies
Comparative Literature and Literary Theory
Department of History