Join us for a look at the life and work of Hildegard of Bingen, the remarkable and inspiring abbess who lived from 1098-1179. She was a late bloomer. But what a late bloomer. A visionary experience in her early 40s led to one of the most extraordinary creative outpourings in history.
Hildegard may have worn a habit, but she donned many hats: poet and composer, herbalist and healer; theologian and abbess; cosmologist and medical writer, playwright and politician. A true polymath, she wrote about everything — from theology to female sexuality, botany to beer making, while connecting with the most powerful personages of her times.
As the New York Times described her, she was “before the Renaissance, a Renaissance woman.”
- An introduction by author Teri Degler, who has explored the lives, work and creativity of women mystics.
- The 50-minute documentary, In the Symphony of the World: A Portrait of Hildegard of Bingen.
- A performance by the six-member choral ensemble Schola Magdalena of Hildegard of Bingen’s compositions and Gregorian chants.
- A Q&A about Hildegard’s inspired courage and genius with Teri and composer, conductor and York University music professor Stephanie Martin, who directs Schola Magdalena.
Tickets for the event are $16 (includes fees) on Eventbrite and $19 at the door.