East Coast Tour
April 29, April 30 & May 1, 2022
Live concerts in Bethesda (MD), NYC, and Providence (RI)
In spring 2022 Alkemie joins with special guests Shira Kammen and Fiona Gillespie to reprise and expand Verdant Medicine: Hildegard's Resonant Apothecary.
Ticketing information coming soon!
Mystic, medic, and musician, Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179) expanded both Christian theology and the humoral theory of Galen to connect the viriditas (living greenness) of plants and the metaphorical viridity of spirituality directly to the human body and its functioning.
This program situates Hildegard’s music within her understanding of medieval pharmacognosy (i.e. plant medicine), sharing her vision of an earth-bound transcendence that connects humans to the divine through spiritual "greening" and the five senses. Her beliefs are mirrored in the music she wrote for her nuns—ecstatic chants in which unfurling branches, earthbound roots, and medicinal spices are depicted in soaring melodies that swirl throughout an almost three-octave range.
Alkemie's NYC Concerts are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature.