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200 VocaMe 4in Sarah M. Newman, soprano and vielle
Gerlinde Sämann, soprano
Sigrid Hausen, mezzo-soprano and recorder
Petra Noskaiová, mezzo-soprano
Michael Popp, vielle, oud, santur

Worldwide, VocaMe is the only ensemble to dedicate themselves on a grand scale to the works of the earliest female composer: the works of Saint Kassia of the Byzantine Empire from the 9th Century. These works will be coupled with the chants by the well known German mystic of the 12th Century, Hildegard von Bingen. On the occasion of her canonization by the Catholic Church in 2012, Berlin Classics/Edel Records has released a sensational and exciting recording of Hildegard von Bingen's beautiful chants. Presented side by side, listeners can hear the fascinating differences and similarities between the music and texts of these two women.

Midtown Concerts sponsors lunchtime performances of music of the 18th century and earlier for anyone seeking a respite from the midtown hustle and bustle. Ensembles are chosen by a jury of early-music specialists from the metropolitan area.

Location:
The Chapel at St. Bartholomew's Church
50th St. and Park Avenue

Time: 1:15-2:00 pm
All concerts are free; no tickets or reservations are necessary.