I Sing a New Song

The Epic Journey of a Traveling Musician in the Middle Ages

A Collaboration with The Newberry Consort and Catalina Vicens

Thursday, February 29, 7:00 pm
St. Paul's Episcopal Church
2747 Fairmount Blvd, Cleveland Heights

Trobár presents a program of music that would have been performed by musicians who undertook the perilous journeys to Europe’s famous menestrel schools in the Middle Ages. The word menestrel, literally “minstrel,” refers to the secular musicians who were active in Europe between 1250 and 1500. I Sing a New Song tells the story of a menestrel and her companions as they journey from Paris to a menestrel school in Brussels. These schools were international conventions where musicians gathered to buy instruments, network, compete for prizes, and learn new songs to take back to their home cities. France, Germany, and the Low Countries were popular locations for menestrel schools, though participating musicians came from around Europe, sometimes traveling hundreds of miles through challenging territory.

For this program, we are pleased to collaborate with Chicago-based early-music ensemble Newberry Consort, and internationally recognized specialist Catalina Vicens, who will play organetto. Two shawms and a medieval slide trumpet join the cast for rollicking dances and ornamented song melodies. While most of the music at menestrel schools was learned by ear, some of it was later compiled into collections by Liebhard Eghenvelder, Judocus de Windsheim (the Lochamer Liederbuch), and other scribes. French musicians were also particularly well-represented, and the program will include music by composers such as Guillaume de Machaut and Pierre des Molins. The music will be brought to life with vivid art and text curated by musicologist and graphic designer Shawn Keener.

​Allison Monroe, Artistic Director, Vielle & Rebec

​Liza Malamut, Artistic Director, Medieval Slide Trumpet

​Elena Mullins Bailey, Soprano

​Karin Weston, Soprano

Catalina Vicens, Organetto

Debra Nagy, Medieval Winds

Priscilla Herreid, Medieval Winds

Shawn Keener, Projection Design

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Suggested donation: $20, students $10

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