Tapestry presents Song of Songs

Date(s) - Friday, November 06, 2015
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Holy Family Chapel, Nazareth Center



Tapestry brings its artistic interpretation to Song of Songs, also known as the Song  of Solomon. This one-of-a-kind concert features a multitude of interpretations, both sensual and spiritual, in a program of Song of Solomon texts that brings together Jewish and Christian traditions.

Song  of Solomon, is alternately a richly elaborated compendium of figurative language and an exquisitely sensual portrait of love between a young  woman  and a young  man, set in Jerusalem and its environs in the flush of springtime.Yet the meaning of this text has varied widely in its long, and continuing, history as a vital work of scripture, literature, and music. It is one of the shortest books in the Bible, consisting of only 117 verses and its antecedents are far older,  including pre-biblical Egyptian and Assyrian lyrics.

Performers are Cristi Catt, soprano; Laurie Monahan, mezzo-soprano; Daniela  Tošić, mezzo-soprano and Shira Kammen,  vielle and medieval harp; with Mehmet Ali Sanlikol, duduk, oud, ney, and voice.

Tapestry, a Boston based ensemble of women’s voices, made its debut in 1995 with the performance of Steve Reich’s Tehillim at Jordan Hall in Boston which The Boston Globe deemed “a knockout”.  The trademark of the ensemble is combining medieval repertory and contemporary compositions in bold, conceptual programming. Critics hail their rich distinctive voices, their “technically spot-on singing” and their emotionally charged performances. The LA Times writes of their performance of Hildegard’s O Vos Angeli: “… as radiant and exciting as any singing I’ve heard all season” and The Cleveland Plain Dealer describes Tapestry as “an ensemble that plants haunting vibrations, old and new, in our ears.

Today, their concert appearances include the Utrecht Early Music and the Maastricht Musica Sacra Festivals, Regensburg’s Tage Alter Musik, the Flanders Festivals of Gent and Brussels, Le Donne in Musica, Rome; Jordan Hall, Boston; Hildegard von Bingen Symposium at the University of Oregon, Eugene; Kalamazoo Medieval Conference, MI; Frick Collection and Rockefeller University, NY; Harvard U., Da Camera of Houston; Early Music Concert Series, Boulder; Denver’s Newman Performing Arts Center; Da Camera Society LA; Stanford U., Museum Concert, Cleveland, festivals in Ottawa and Montreal, and many others.  In the fall of 2008, the ensemble toured Latvia and also performed at the Moscow Conservatory.

Among recent appearances were concerts at e.g. the Library of Congress and New York City’s Frick Collection with their program “American Dreams” (a program that subsequently has been expanded to also include South American material), a performance at the Bucerius Foundation in Hamburg with works from the 13th to the 15th centuries broadcast by the Norddeutsche Radio, the unveiling of a mini-opera based on Tibetan folklore written for Tapestry by Sheila Silver that had its world premiere at the new Ottawa festival Music and Beyond, was performed at the Freer and Sackler Gallery of the Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC to coincide with an exhibition of Tibetan art and, and was subsequently toured in North and South America.

Tapestry has made 4 recordings with Telarc International: Angeli, Music of Angels; Hildegard von Bingen: Celestial Light; Song of Songs – Come into my Garden; and The Fourth River.  Sapphire Night, their first recording with German label, MDG, won the 2005 Echo Prize. Tapestry released Faces of a Woman on the MDG label in 2007.

Tapestry has made 4 recordings with Telarc International: Angeli, Music of Angels; Hildegard von Bingen: Celestial Light; Song of Songs – Come into my Garden; and The Fourth River.  Sapphire Night, their first recording with German Label, MDG, won the 2005 Echo Prize. Tapestry released Faces of a Woman on the MDG label in 2007.

Tapestry is represented by Shupp Artists Management, Inc.

Laurie Monahan, mezzo-soprano, co-founded Ensemble Project Ars Nova (P.A.N.), and also appeared with Sequentia for many years. Laurie worked with the Studio der Fruhen  Musik at the Schola Cantorum in Basel, Switzerland and teaches at the Longy School of Music of Bard College and Berklee College of Music. Cristi Catt, soprano, has performed with leading early music groups including Ensemble PAN, Revels, Boston Camerata and La Donne Musicale. Her interest in the meeting points between medieval and folk traditions has led to research grants to Portugal and France and performances with HourGlass, Le Bon Vent and Clash of Civilizations.

She teaches at New England Conservatory. Daniela ToŠiĆ, mezzo-soprano, a native of Belgrade, Yugoslavia toured with the Belgrade-based ensemble Renaissance throughout the former Yugoslavia. In the Boston area she has worked with Ensemble P.A.N., Revels, Zamir, Jubal’s Lyre, La Donna Musicale, Balmus and The Blue Heron Renaissance Choir. She is a founding member of medieval world fusion ensemble HourGlass and served as a guest teacher for Longy’s Medieval Institute. Shira Kammen, vielle, and harp: A member for many years of Ensemble Alcatraz, Ensemble Project Ars Nova, and Medieval Strings, she has also worked with Sequentia, Hesperion XX, Boston Camerata, King’s Noyse, Magnificat Baroque Orchestra, Teatro Bacchino, and is the founder of Class V Music, a group created to perform on rafting trips. Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol (multi-instrumentalist, composer and ethnomusicologist) has appeared on NPR’s Robin Young and PRI’s The World. He has composed for, performed and toured with international stars. Dr. Sanlıkol taught at Berklee College of Music and New England Conservatory and currently teaches at College of the Holy Cross and Emerson College.

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Tickets for this concert are available HERE beginning Aug 17Tickets will also be available for purchase at the door.

If you plan to attend more than one MFSM 2015 event, please consider a Festival Pass for $120. This pass provides admission to Tapestry (Nov. 6), Trio Speranza (Nov. 7), Tisra with Rohan Krishnamurthy (Nov. 8), Anzaldua (Nov. 8), Hildegard (Nov. 9), Shaheen (Nov. 12), Rachel Barton Pine (Nov. 13) and Hot Pstromi (Nov. 14). Festival pass does NOT include admission to Kalamazoo Junior Symphony with Rachel Barton Pine (Nov. 15). A Festival Pass can be purchased HERE.

What others are saying about Tapestry

“A specialty of this ensemble is their creative approach to their  material. The relationship with the  ancient music was creative fantasy, driven  by artistic interpretation rather than  a desire to present authentic representation.” —  The Frankfurter Rundschau

“Tapestry looked like a glamorous girl group … they radiated femininity  as they swayed their  bodies, threw back  their heads and lifted  their  clear voices  in sensuous love songs…singing with  passionate expressiveness, Tapestry gave  the ancient music modern relevance.” — The Cleveland Plain Dealer


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