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‘Song of Songs: Come into my Garden’ at the Yale Collection of Musical Instruments April 13th

“…an inexhaustible cornucopia of sensual pleasures.”
— San Diego Reader
March 19, 2014

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The Yale Collection of Musical Instruments presents the award-winning Tapestry Ensemble on Sunday, April 13 at 3:00 pm. The program, called “Song of Songs: Come Into My Garden,” weaves together settings of the sensual Old Testament text.

Tapestry features vocalists Laurie Monahan, Cristi Catt, and Daniela Tosic alongside Shira Kammen, playing vielle and harp, and Takaaki Masuko on percussion. The Boston-based ensemble has won numerous awards, including WQXR and Chamber Music America’s Recording of the Year and, most recently, the prestigious Echo Klassik Prize for their recording Sapphire NightThe Boston Globe calls them a “knockout,” while Gramophone lauds their performances as “utter perfection.”

Song of Songs: Come into my Garden brings together a multitude of interpretations of a 3,000 year-old text that has been described as both an erotic love song and an allegory in Jewish, Muslim, and Christian traditions. The program incorporates ancient Hebrew, medieval Latin, and Arabic, as well as new settings of the text.

The Yale Collection of Musical Instruments, one of the foremost institutions of its kind, preserves and exhibits musical instruments from antiquity to the present. Many instruments are maintained in playing condition and are featured in performances and demonstrations in the fine acoustic of the upstairs gallery, the venue for this performance.

The concert begins at 3 pm at the Collection of Musical Instruments, located at 15 Hillhouse Avenue, New Haven. Tickets are $20, $15 for seniors, and $10 for students.

For more information, call the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158 or visit music.yale.edu.

About the Tapestry Ensemble

Tapestry, a vocal ensemble founded in 1995 by Laurie Monahan, Cristi Catt, and Daniela Tosic, has established an international reputation for its bold conceptual programming which combines medieval and traditional repertory with contemporary compositions. Based in Boston, the ensemble made its concert debut in its hometown with performances of Steve Reich’s Tehillim at Jordan Hall; additional Boston appearances include the Celebrity Series, Harvard, Radcliffe, and Sanders Theater. Other Tapestry engagements include the festivals at Utrecht, Maastricht, Flanders, Regensburg, the Hannover A Capella Woche, Le Donne in Musica Rome, Festival de Musique Sacree of Quebec, Le Domaine Forget, the Sacred Music Festival and the International Medieval Congress of Kalamazoo, as well as the Hildegard von Bingen Symposium at the University of Oregon, Da Camera of Houston series, Tucson Early Music Society, Cleveland’s Museum Concerts, New York City’s Frick Collection, Metropolitan Museum of Art and Rockefeller University, Stanford University, and many others. Tapestry has made four recordings for Telarc International: Angeli, Celestial Light, Song of Songs, and The Fourth River. Tapestry has two CD recordings with German Label MDG: Sapphire Night and Faces of a Woman.

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