Benjamin Bagby performs Beowulf

Benjamin Bagby

Fri., Feb. 11, 2005, 8:00 p.m.
Trinity Episcopal Church
1015 Holman (at Main)

Houston Early Music will present Benjamin Bagby's acclaimed performance of Beowulf at 8:00 pm, Friday, February 11, 2005 at Trinity Episcopal Church, 1015 Holman (at Main.) Accompanying himself on a six-string lyre in the manner of the medieval bard, Mr. Bagby will retell the epic story of the hero through the death of the monster Grendel in the original Old English. A Modern English translation will be provided by video surtitles. The instrument used in the performance is based on the remains of a lyre excavated from the grave of a seventh-century nobleman..

In 1974, Mr. Bagby completed degrees in voice and German at Oberlin Conservatory and Oberlin College in 1974, and was awarded a Watson Foundation Fellowship to study the performance of medieval song. He completed a Diploma for Musik des Mittelalters at the Schola Cantorum of Basel in 1977. He is co-founder and director of the early music ensemble Sequentia.

In addition to his activities as singer and co-director of Sequentia, Benjamin Bagby directs the Sequentia ensemble of men's voices for the performance of medieval liturgical polyphony. Sequentia has recently signed a new contract with BMG/DHM records and later this year will release Lost Songs of the Rhineland Harper, a recording of 1,000 year old songs.

Mr. Bagby has been commissioned by the Lincoln Center Festival (New York) to perform the complete Beowulf (a 6-hour performance) in 2006 and next year he will produce a video/DVD production of this Beowulf performance.

Prior to the concert, at 7:00 PM, Dr. Jane Chance, Professor of English, Rice University will give a pre-concert talk entitled "Beowulf: The Hero and the Monster."

Tickets prices are $30 for general admission, $25 for seniors and $10 for students (under age 25 with student ID). Free admission for children under 12. Tickets may be purchased at the door or by calling 713-432-1744.

See Benjamin Bagby's Beowulf for a  synopsis of Beowulf and background on the performance.

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