The pre-concert talk will be given by one of the world’s leading experts on songbooks of the second half of the fifteenth century, Prof. Jane Alden of Wesleyan University, author of Songs, Scribes, and Society: The History and Reception of the Loire Valley Chansonniers. Jane Alden’s research addresses musical notation and visual culture in the medieval and modern eras, language and translation, experimental music, and public engagement. Her publications include the monograph Songs, Scribes, and Society: The History and Reception of the Loire Valley Chansonniers (Oxford University Press, 2010) and a number of articles on medieval and contemporary topics. She is currently writing a book on the Scratch Orchestra and participatory music-making in London since the 1970s. With degrees from Manchester University, King’s College, London, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, she is active as a singer and conductor, seeing performance as the most effective way to reach out beyond academia to communicate with the wider public. In 2011, she formed the Vocal Constructivists, a London-based group of singers who specialize in performing graphic and text scores. Their first album, Walking Still, is available on the Innova label (CD#898).
All concert dates, programs and personnel are subject to change without notice.