LOVE'S DOMINION
Friday, Sep. 17th, 7 pm: Tucker Hall at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
Saturday, Sep. 18th, 8 pm: Hildebrandt Artist Collective 

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 will be joined by Sian Ricketts (vocals, winds) and Allen Otte (percussion).

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 IL DIT / ELLE DIT
Friday, Feb. 11th, 7 pm: Tucker Hall at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
Saturday, Feb. 12th, 8 pm: Hildebrandt Artist Collective

Featuring music from our upcoming album, recorded August 2021, this not-so-traditional Valentine’s Day program explores themes of dialogue and viewpoint in early 15th-century French love songs. Il Dit / Elle Dit includes works with two or three equal high voices, in the formes fixes as well as canons and through-composed pieces. Frequently, these voices exhibit an equality of role, trading off contrapuntal functions, and sometimes even with dialogic texts sung concurrently. Set alongside chansons with more standard musical layouts and instrumental tracks, performed by a mix of voices, vielle, rebec, harp, and flute, we hope to paint a picture of French courtly love from multiple perspectives.

 FOUND IN TRANSLATION 2.0
Thursday, May 19th, 6:30 pm: Reading at Loganberry Books

Our two Friday and Saturday night performances feature English verse translations of troubadour poems from Lark in the Morning: The Verses of the Troubadours, a Bilingual Edition, edited and contributed to by poet Robert Kehew. On Thursday, Mr. Kehew will give a reading/book signing at Loganberry Books, 13015 Larchmere Blvd., Shaker Heights, Ohio 44120.

Friday, May 20th, 7 pm: Concert at Tucker Hall, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

Event has limited seating. Reserve your tickets ahead of time here.
****Friday concert preceded by a 6:15 Pre-Concert Talk by poet Robert Kehew, editor and contributor to Lark in the Morning: The Verses of the Troubadours, a Bilingual Edition, from which our English texts derive. Mr. Kehew will give some background and cultural context for the art of the troubadours.
 

Saturday, May 21st, 8 pm: Concert at Hildebrandt Artist Collective 

Event has limited seating. Reserve your tickets ahead of time here.

We often view the troubadour through nostalgia-tinted glasses - as a traveling minstrel with a lute slung across his back, singing love songs and breaking hearts, a sort of old-timey rock star meets crooner. The reality was in some ways much more prosaic, and in others much messier. To begin with, the art of the troubadours and trobairitz (female troubadours) emanated from a highly refined and aristocratic society. Their complex syntheses of words and music, written by the elite for the elite, both codified and reinforced cultural tropes and norms. Together with expressions of love, joy, regret, and loss, their texts also frequently exhibit misogyny, racism, and violence. Trobár grapples with these realities as evident through their lyric poetry and melodies. In this sequel to our 2019 program, we recount the lives and re-enact the art of the troubadours and trobairitz, both in the original Occitan and in English verse translations by modern poets Ezra Pound, W.D. Snodgrass, and Robert Kehew. By setting these languages side by side, we capture both the beauty and craft of the original text and their immediacy and vitality through translation, simulating the two halves of their first audiences' experience.

Trobár announces three in-person programs for its 2021-22 Season!

 

 

This season's Covid-19 safety protocols:

For both our February and May concerts, audience members need to bring proof of vaccination OR a negative Covid-19 test result from the 72 hours prior. To expedite your entry to the event itself, pre-send your proof to trobarmedieval@gmail.com and get put on our approved list.

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Each performance will include a drinks and snacks reception throughout and afterwards with the musicians. At the Hildebrandt we encourage you to bring a beverage to enjoy responsibly yourself, and to share with others!

Don't live in Cleveland? Don't despair, you can still catch us in person! Check out our touring schedule and programs.

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The Hildebrandt Building

3619 Walton Ave

Cleveland, OH 44113

suggested donation: $15/7 for students

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This season's venues:

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

2747 Fairmount Blvd

Cleveland Heights, OH 44106

suggested donation: $20/10 for students