Revitalizing culture through the exploration of sacred dramatic music

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The Academy of Sacred Drama is an artistic and intellectual community that is revitalizing culture through the exploration of sacred dramatic music. Oratorio performances and salon concerts feature the music and libretti of works rarely or never heard in modern times accompanied by lectures and snacks. Editions and translations are created for Academy performances, and the open-license publication of these works make them accessible to ensembles and audiences. The Academy Journal is an open-license publication about culture, music, and religion designed around the Academy’s yearly themes. Academy activities enable encounters with the stories of Christianity and other Abrahamic religions and offer a path toward inter-religious dialogue and Christian unity.

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Judith Cantate of the French Baroque

The Academy of Sacred Drama—the NYC based artistic and intellectual community—presents two rarely heard French Baroque cantate focusing on the Judith story by Sébastien de Brossard and Élisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre. The cantate represent strikingly different approaches to the same text by Antoine Houdar de La Motte. The evening will include snacks with time for conversation, instrumental sonatas, the Brossard and Jaquet de La Guerre cantate, and a lecture by Professor Michele Cabrini. Academy artistic director Jeremy Rhizor will guide musicians and guests through the salon’s activities as the master of ceremonies. This is the final performance of the Academy’s Year of Judith.

Date, Time, Location, & Tickets

Date: Saturday, May 12, 2018
Time: snacks and conversation at 7 PM, music starts at 7:30 PM
Location: Christ Chapel at The Riverside Church, NYC  map
TICKETS  $10-$50 Starting at 6:30 PM on May 12th tickets for the remaining seats will be available at the door.

Performers & Guest Speaker

Jeremy Rhizor master of ceremonies and violin
Michele Cabrini guest speaker

Amanda Sidebottom soprano (Brossard cantata)
Sara MacKimmie Tomlin soprano (Jacquet de La Guerre cantata)
Sarah Stone cello & viola da gamba
Parker Ramsay harpsichord

Media

View the facsimile of the manuscript of Sébastien de Brossard’s “Judith ou la mort d’Holopherne” at the Bibliothèque nationale de France here.

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