Tuesday January 13, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room
Medieval Breviaries, Psalters and Books of Hours featuring images of animals playing the organ and pumping bellows ushered medieval readers into a world of sound, fantasy, and play. Why do these curious animals make music in sacred text margins?
Join organist and medievalist Marijim Thoene for a musical and visually stimulating evening of medieval music. Marijim will play organ music from the Robertsbridge Codex, (c. 1360), the Faenza Codex (c. 1425) and the Buxheimer Orgelbuch, (1460s) illustrating late Medieval and early Renaissance music, and will also display images from medieval manuscripts (dated c. 1250-1500). of cats, donkeys, monkeys, rabbits and even a double-headed dragon.
Marijim Thoene is an organist and medievalist. She received a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Michigan in Church Music and Organ Performance and has been on the faculty at the University of New Orleans and Our Lady of the Holy Cross College in New Orleans.
Currently Director of Music at the First United Methodist Church in Garden City, she has played at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen in Baltimore, the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in NY, and internationally in England, Germany, France, Poland and Venezuela. Her two CDs, “Mystics and Spirits” and “Wind Song” have met with critical acclaim and are available through Raven Recordings.
As a medievalist she has presented papers on the iconography of the organ in medieval manuscripts at the International Medieval Congresses in Leeds, England and Kalamazoo, Michigan; the Michigan Academy of Science, Arts and Letters; Medieval Association of the Midwest; and the Medieval Forum at Plymouth State College, Plymouth, New Hampshire.
This event is cosponsored by AADL and the American Guild of Organists, Ann Arbor Chapter.