The Kosciuszko Foundation, 15 E 65th Street, New York
five-part medieval ensemble
Rosa das Rosas: Songs for the Virgin Mary
Five East Coast musicians founded Alkemie in 2013 to explore both the sublime and the earthly realms of medieval repertory. This Spanish program from the 13th and 14th centuries features singing and playing of multiple instruments—harp, recorders, vielle, and percussion. The pieces honor the Virgin Mary—most beautiful rose, miraculous healer, dragon slayer, and powerful intercessor during the upheaval of war.
“After hearing Alkemie at both the War Memorial Arts Initiative in Baltimore and at Capitol Early Music in Washington I eagerly booked them for the 2018 Indianapolis Early Music Festival. This is a terrific young medieval ensemble with great energy as well as scholarly chops.”
—Mark Cudek, Chair of the Historical Performance Department, Peabody Institute