Mystical Union: Medieval Songs of Brides & Bridegrooms

Sun, 11 May 2014 16:00:00 IST - Sun, 11 May 2014 17:15:00 IST, 16:00

At Augustinian Church, Middle St

Organised by Medieval Studies and Galway Early Music

PART OF THE GALWAY EARLY MUSIC FESTIVAL, MAY 8-11: Sponsus—the Latin word for ‘Bridegroom’—is the theme of the concert programme presented by Lucernarium, the student choir of the MA Ritual Chant and Song in the World Academy of Music and Dance, U of Limerick, together with special guests, as well as the title of the medieval Aquitanian play that is its centerpiece. From Peter Abelard’s bridal canticle of the Song of Songs, to Biblical parables depicting wise and foolish virgins awaiting the bridegroom, from responsories acclaiming Cecilia—musical patroness and saintly virgin of the early Christian period—to heroic bridegrooms tragically deceived by cunning brides, Sponsus brings alive in sound the medieval theme of sacred union, and reveals that in the so-called ‘dark ages,’ the way in which corporeal and carnal desires were dealt with was not as primitive as we may have imagined. Tickets: E12 / E10 concessions /E5 under 16s Information and Booking:

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