Friday, March 20 @ 7:30pm
St. Paul's Episcopal Church
2747 Fairmount Boulevard
Cleveland Heights, OH
Love. Romantic love, familial love, religious love - in any age, its course never does run smooth. Devotion, conflict, separation, entreaty, and restoration pepper the epic struggle between love and power. In wrestling with these forces, humans tend to express themselves through art, especially in poetry and song, and the people of the Iberian peninsula in the 12th and 13th centuries were no strangers to these expressions. Within the spoken and sung words that survive, we can see the common thread of humanity’s struggle with love winding throughout Iberian thought, whether sacred or secular, personal or communal, Christian, Jewish, or Muslim. In this program, Trobár manifests disparate voices of medieval Iberia as they grapple with the dynamics of love and power.
For this concert, Trobár is joined by percussionist Allen Otte, who will be playing, among other instruments, a square drum like those seen in the iconography of the Iberian Peninsula at this time.