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The Book of Beasts

Marginalia final

The medieval bestiary was a collection of descriptions and stories about animals, ranging from the mundane to the fantastic, which described moral and theological lessons to be learned from the natural world. Marginalia will explore music connected with several favorite creatures, introduced by narration translated from medieval sources.

Marginalia is an ensemble of early music specialists dedicated to the performance of the rich, varied, and often virtuosic repertoire of medieval instrumental and vocal music. The ensemble uses medieval bagpipe, vile, hurdy gurdy, medieval harp,percussion, and other instruments to recreate the music of medieval minstrels as it could have sounded. https://www.facebook.com/medievalbagpipe/

Christa Patton-harp, woodwinds
Dongmyung Ahn-rebec, vielle
Peter Walker-voice, bagpipe, hurdy gurdy
Sarah Walker-narrator


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

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



GEMS is a non-profit corporation that supports and promotes the artists and organizations in New York devoted to early music— the music of the Middle Ages, Renaissance, Baroque, and early Classical periods.