ModernMedieval Voices takes the vocal techniques developed by Anonymous 4 for singing this repertoire and combines them with a fresh approach to programming that introduces this wonderful music to new audiences.
The Ensemble gave its debut performance at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, performing Hildegard's chant O Jerusalem as part of the Al-Quds : Jerusalem concert with MetLive Arts, described by Heidi Waleson of The Wall Street Journal as ‘exquisitely sung’. MMV has given performances at The National Museum for Women in the Arts in Washington D.C., The Virginia Arts Festival, and the Ecstatic Music Festival in New York City, broadcast live on WNYC NewSounds Live, hosted by John Schaefer. The Ensemble has also given residencies and performances at Notre Dame University, East Carolina University NewMusic Initiative, Florida’s University of Tampa, Binghamton University, Pittsburgh Dance Project, Liquid Music in Saint Paul Minnesota, Princeton University Sound Kitchen, Electric Earth Concerts in New Hampshire, Dumbarton Oaks, and The Cloisters in New York City as part of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s MetLiveArts series.
ModernMedieval Voices feature on award-winning album To Shiver the Sky with music by Christopher Tin, which received its world première performance in May 2022 in Washington DC.
‘Although more than eight centuries separate us from this music, ModernMedieval’s approach to Hildegard is above all natural, emphasizing her fluent expressivity in perfect medieval Latin. Hildegard is always a good listen, and juxtaposed with sympathetic contemporary works, her beauties were especially resplendent.’ (Patrick Rucker, The Washington Post)
Hildegard von Bingen, O Presul vere Civitatis
Daniel Thomas Davis, Three-Winged Wisdom *
Hildegard von Bingen, O Virtus Sapientie
Jacqueline Horner-Kwiatek, Meditation *
Hildegard von Bingen, Spiritus Sanctus Vivificans
Hildegard von Bingen, Karitas Habundat
Caroline Shaw, Caritas Abundat *
Hildegard von Bingen, O Viridissima Virga
Caleb Burhans, We Cannot Live *
Hildegard von Bingen, O Jerusalem
*Commissioned by ModernMedieval
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