From the same artistic and scholarly team who brought a recreation of Hagia Sophia to Bing several years ago, Stanford’s Art and Art History department and Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics group collaborate with Marcel Pérès and his Ensemble Organum to re-create the spiritual sights and sounds from the medieval Office of Ste. Foy at Conques. This first modern musical realization of the eleventh-century liturgical chant features a close connection between melody, golden image, relief sculpture, and the resonant acoustics of the Romanesque architecture of stone vaults.
For more than 40 years, Ensemble Organum has been both one of the most celebrated and most iconoclastic vocal ensembles interpreting ancient chant repertoires. Since 2001, the ensemble has been centered in the twelfth-century monastery at Moissac, France, where the medieval imagination is made visible in the relief sculpture and Romanesque architecture. Singing in this medieval interior restores the reverberant sound of medieval chant. Ensemble Organum invites its audience to experience the connection of ancient music to the spiritual and social currents of the contemporary world.
Learn more about the project here and visit the related exhibition at the Stanford Art Gallery "AudioVision in the Middle Ages: Ste. Foy at Conques" (January 24–March 17). On February 10—the day of the concert at Bing—the gallery exhibit will be open from 1 pm to 7 pm.
Generously supported by the School for Humanities and Sciences.