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This is a list of programs that have been and have yet to come.

11.11.23 at 7:30pm 

A Rose Without Thorns

Also known as “Lady Day,” the Feast of the Annunciation was so important to medieval England that it marked the beginning of the English new year until 1752. It truly is THE beginning of beginnings; it is the moment that the angel Gabriel announces to the Virgin Mary that she is to bear Jesus.

Music to celebrate this momentous occasion was sung all year round, but particularly on the Feast of the Annunciation on March 25th (9 months before Christmas, naturally), and during Advent as well. In addition to chant and motets that you would also hear on the rest of the European continent, in England you would also hear carols with the sweet, melodious sounds of fauxbourdon—a style of harmony that privileges 3rds and 6ths over other intervals and is the hallmark of the “Contenance angloise.”

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4.23.23 at 4:00pm

Critters and Cranky Poets

Take a peek into the lives of 14th century Italians with poetry and music from the Squarcialupi Codex!


Poets of the 14th century in Italy were preoccupied with real life: hunting, unrequited love, frustration with other people...all highly relatable things. Composers set poems with energetic polyphony, complex meter changes, and playful imitation.

2.4.23 at 8:00pm (rescheduled)

Pilgrims, Martyrs, Saints

Inspired by the songs and harmonies preserved in the world’s first travel guide, the Codex Calixtinus, Scivias Medieval Ensemble invites you to travel along the Camino de Santiago to the shrine of St. James. Interwoven with the devotionals to St. James are hymns and ecstatic songs written by Hildegard von Bingen in honor of the martyred St. Ursula and her 11,000 virgin companions.

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Star of the Sea

Among the many images and titles associated with the Virgin Mary, the metaphorical “Star of the Sea” is one of the oldest and most pervasive. This program explores works that pay homage to this moniker.

12.17.21 at 7:30pm


A holiday concert celebrating Advent, Annunciation, and Christmas Day. Works from Germany, Italy, Spain, and France.



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5.13.22 at 7:30pm

Springtime in Paris

Imagine yourself in the streets of Paris in the 14th century with this celebration of love, flowers, and warm weather! The singers of Scivias ensemble will present trouvère songs, secular motets, and complex polyphonic works of Machaut and his 14th century contemporaries.

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