Who: Tapestry: “Faces of a Woman”
Where: Great Hall, Peterson Student Center, St. John’s College
When: Saturday, January 24, 8 p.m.
Program: Music by and about Famous Women in History
Contact: 984-6000 (St. John’s College Switchboard)
Cost: Tickets are $20 at the door.
Tapestry weaves together a mix of tales, music and poetry to reveal the many faces of a woman, ranging from twelfth century troubadour Beatrice de Dia to sixteenth century Irish pirate Grace O’Malley to twentieth century Russian poet Anna Akmatova. This concert version of their latest recording with MDG moves from mystical songs of Hildegard von Bingen and Rachmaninoff to swinging rhythms of sailors’ songs and American blues, from medieval operatic drama to Balkan folklore and to lush new works written especially for Tapestry.
Tapestry, a vocal ensemble founded in 1995 by Laurie Monahan, Cristi Catt, and Daniela Tosic, has established an international reputation for its bold conceptual programming which combines medieval and traditional repertory with contemporary compositions. Tapestry has won numerous awards, including WQXR and Chamber Music America’s Recording of the Year and, most recently, the prestigious Echo Klassik Prize for their recording “Sapphire Night.”
Based in Boston, the ensemble made its concert debut in its hometown with performances of Steve Reich’s “Tehillim” at Jordan Hall; additional Boston appearances include the Celebrity Series, Harvard, Radcliffe, and Sanders Theater. Other Tapestry engagements have included festivals at Utrecht, Maastricht, Flanders, Regensburg, the Hannover A Capella Woche, Le Donne in Musica Rome, Festival de Musique Sacree of Quebec, Le Domaine Forget and the Ottawa International Music Festivals, at the Sacred Music Festival and at the International Medieval Congress of Kalamazoo, as well as the Hildegard von Bingen Symposium at the University of Oregon, the Da Camera of Houston and of Los Angeles series, Tucson Early Music Society, Cleveland’s Museum Concerts, New York City’s Frick Collection, Metropolitan Museum of Art and Rockefeller University, and Stanford University. Recent touring took the group to Latvia, and to Russia where they performed in the prestigious Moscow Conservatory concert series.