PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

Eya recreates Les Trois Maries, an early 14th-century liturgical drama for Easter, originally performed at the Benedictine convent at Origny-Ste.-Benoîte, a small village in northern France. The drama illuminates the physical and emotional journey of the grieving three Marys as they make their way to Jesus’ tomb on Easter morning.

Composed in plainchant, Les Trois Maries is one of the most sensitively-wrought examples of liturgical drama from the medieval period. Accompanied on historical instruments, scenes from the original drama are interwoven with medieval polyphony from the Messe de Tournai, the Montpellier Codex, and the Bamberg Codex, in addition to trouvère song and instrumental improvisation, punctuating the dramatic arc of the story until its joyous finale.

WITH GUEST ARTISTS

Richard Giarusso, baritone
Niccolo Seligmann, medieval strings

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