Shortly before an important American election, this new program of songs and poems from the Middle Ages evokes the age-old themes of justice and corruption in the public sphere. Minstrel songs from medieval France, Provençe, and Germany, amazingly contemporary in their language, provide an amusing and sharply-etched perspective on our current travails. Includes pungent selections from the Play of Daniel, Carmina Burana, and Roman de Fauvel; works by gifted musican-poets Philippe le Chancelier, Bertran de Born, and Thibault de Champagne; and a very American ending.
Anne Azéma, director, voice, hurdy-gurdy; Jordan Weatherston Pitts voice; Christa Patton, winds, harp; Shira Kammen, vielle, harp; Joel Cohen, narrator, lauta; with young professionals from the Longy School of Music of Bard College. close