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Bienen Contemporary/Early Vocal Ensemble


When: Sunday, May 31, 2020
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM CT

Where: Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Center for the Musical Arts, Galvin Recital Hall, 70 Arts Circle, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Cost: Tickets are $8 for the general public and $5 for students with valid ID.

Contact: Concert Management Office   (847) 467-4000

Group: Bienen School of Music Concerts and Events

Category: Fine Arts


Ticket sales for this event have been suspended. Following a decision by Northwestern University leadership by April 17, we will determine whether this event can still occur as scheduled.

Donald Nally, conductor; Brandon Acker, theorbo

The Bienen Contemporary/Early Vocal Ensemble presents an important US premiere: David Lang’s setting of a letter from beloved Jewish scholar Rabbi Moses ben Nachman to his children after his exile from Spain in 1267. The work recalls Lang’s mother’s exile to Barcelona, and eventually the US, because of her faith—stateless. Monteverdi’s Sestina: Tears of a Lover at the Tomb of the Beloved is also born directly of personal experience: the death of a gifted young singer, the “Little Roman Girl,” who lived with Monteverdi and his wife in Mantua. The great late-Renaissance composer’s musical response is grueling, beautiful, thought-provoking, and universal.

David Lang, stateless
Claudio Monteverdi, Lagrime d’amante al sepolcro dell’amata

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