Norbert Rodenkirchen
[Norbert Rodenkirchen]

The famed Sequentia Ensemble for Mediæval Music will open the 32nd annual Vancouver Early Music Festival with a North American premiere performance of Frankish Phantoms: Echoes from the Carolingian Palaces (8th-10th centuries). Sequentia is known around the globe for its innovative ensembles for mediæval music. It’s comprised of an international group of singers and instrumentalists centrally based in Paris, all under the direction of Benjamin Bagby. This particular production includes Bagby (director, voice, and harp); Wolodymyr Smishkewych (voice); and Norbert Rodenkirchen (flutes, cithara, and harp).

In this new installment of Sequentia’s “Lost Songs Project“, Benjamin Bagby explores the musical world of the Carolingian clan, those warlike and pious Frankish kings whose realm, in the 8th century, stretched across what is now most of Western Europe. Sequentia brings to life all manner of lost musical works from a golden age of European song, when scholars and poets flourished under these enigmatic and powerful rulers.

This concert is generously supported by Elaine Adair.

Benjamin Bagby
[Benjamin Bagby. Photo credit: Frank Ferville]

Benjamin Bagby was the recipient of the 2010 Howard Mayer Brown Award for lifetime achievement in the field of early music. Benjamin Bagby’s participation is made possible through support from the Institut Français, the Government of France, and the Consulat Général de France à Vancouver.

Frankish Phantoms: Echoes from the Carolingian Palaces
Date: Sunday, July 31 at 8:00 pm (pre-concert introduction at 7:15)
Venue: Roy Barnett Recital Hall
6361 Memorial Road, UBC campus

For more information, including ticket prices and ordering information, please visit Early Music Vancouver’s event page.

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