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November 1997

November 2 - November 9 - November 16 - November 23 - November 30

Anonymous Four
NOVEMBER 2, 1997

Talk about cult followings! On November 2, Anonymous 4 - the phenomenally popular female vocal ensemble - will bring music of the medieval abbess Hildegard von Bingen to Saint Paul Sunday. Both the singers and the composer have generated fervent public response in recent years. St. Hildegard's visionary contributions to medicine, natural history, and mystical theology stretched far beyond her own time. Anonymous 4 will perform festal chants Hildegard composed to honor Ursula, a fifth-century saint who, along with the eleven thousand women she inspired, chose martyrdom over forced pagan marriage. The Saint Paul Sunday program places the ecstatic works Hildegard composed for Ursula’s feast day (October 21) in their original liturgical setting so that modern listeners can, in the words of singer and scholar Susan Hellauer, “experience the powerful impression they made on their first hearers, both as evocations of the holy events they commemorate, and as pure works of art." Hellauer and her colleagues animate these ancient musical prayers with astonishing virtuosity and excitment.
PHOTOS: 1, 2

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11,000 Virgins: Chants for the Feast of St. Ursula.

Michala Petri, recorder; Lars Hannibal, lute and guitar
NOVEMBER 9, 1997

We may not often think of the recorder as a virtuoso instrument, but in the hands of Michala Petri, who appears this week on Saint Paul Sunday, its possibilities seem truly endless. The acclaimed lutenist and guitarist Lars Hannibal will join her for a program of works by Bach, Tartini, Grieg, and Petri herself. The two masters (who happen to be married) offer each other the perfect musical complement.
PHOTOS: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

J.S. Bach: Sonata in F, BWV 1033
Scheindienst: Variations on an Austrian folktune
Tartini: Sonata in g, "Devil's Trill"
Peri: Variations on a Danish folktune
Greig: Five Pieces

David Finckel, cello; Wu Han, piano
NOVEMBER 16, 1997

When two brilliant musical sensibilities come together, the results can be breathtaking. Join Bill McGlaughlin this week for just such an alliance. He'll welcome Cellist David Finckel and pianist Wu Han, who will perform music of Beethoven, Chopin, Rachmaninoff, Britten, and Andre Previn. It's a collaboration born of true passion: you'll hear both intimate ensemble and individual fire. In the words of the New York Times, "Their musical synergy is a joy to behold."

Beethoven: Sonata for cello and piano in g, Op. 5, No. 2
Chopin: Sonata for cello and piano in g, Op. 65
Previn: Sonata for cello and piano, mvmt iii
Rachmaninoff: Prelude in g flat, Op. 23, No. 10
Britten: Sonata in C for cello and piano, Op. 65

Palladian Ensemble
NOVEMBER 23, 1997

England's acclaimed Palladian Ensemble, Bill McGlaughlin's guests this week on Saint Paul Sunday, don't just have fun with the early music repertoire, they revel in it. These extraordinary musicians will introduce us to musical riches from both centuries past and our own time. Their program includes works by Bach, Rebel, and Matteis, as well as a lively Tim Risher arrangement of "Roly Poly," a tune by Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys.
Photos 1 & 2: The Palladian Ensemble.

Uccellini: Aria sopra la bergamasca
J.S. Bach: Trio Sonata in G, BWV 525
Tim Risher: Over and Under
Rebel: Les Caracters de la dance
Matteis: Suite
Arr. Riser/Bob Wells and the Texas Playboys: Roly-Poly

NOVEMBER 30, 1997

If you love to travel, this week's Saint Paul Sunday is just for you. The acclaimed male vocal ensemble Chanticleer will take you around the world with folk song as our guide. They'll sing music of Asia, Israel, Europe, and the Americas, and you'll marvel at the virtuosity of these musical nomads.
Photos 1 & 2

Music of Asia

  • arr. Chen Yi: Fengyang Ge (China)
  • arr. Chen Yi: Molihua (China)
  • arr. Chen Yi: Diu, Diu Deng (Taiwan)
  • arr. Chen Yi: Arirang (Korea)
  • arr. Osamu Shimizu: Sohran Bushi (Japan)
Music of Europe
  • Otto Olsson: Domaredansen (Sweden)
  • David Zehavi: Or'cha Bamidbar (Israel)
  • arr. Fritz Goller: Ein Vogel wollte Hochzeit machen (Germany)
  • arr. C. Shvedoff: Oy, polna, polna korobushka (Russia)
  • arr. Percy Grainger: Brigg Fair (England)
  • Michael McGlynn: Dulaman (Ireland)
Music of the Americas
  • Benitez Valencia, arr. Javier Zentner: La Vasija de Barro (Ecuador)
  • Moises Simons, arr. Tania Leon: El Manisero (Cuba)
  • arr. Steve Barnett: An American Folk Medley (United States)


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