Bienen Ensembles

Bienen Contemporary/Early Vocal Ensemble

The Art of Courtly Love

Friday, December 1, 2023 at 7:30pm CST

Galvin Recital Hall

Andrew Megill, conductor; Charles Foster, collaborative piano

Experience the language of “amour” through a program weaving together masterpieces of French love songs with readings from The Art of Courtly Love, a 12th-century treatise by Andreas Capellanus. The music for this concert ranges from intricate and haunting songs of the medieval troubadours, to the sometimes bawdy, sometimes poignant love songs of the Renaissance, to the elegant and witty chansons of the French Impressionist era. Featured composers include Dufay, Josquin, Lassus, Saint-Saëns, Debussy, and Poulenc. 

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Tickets are $8 for the general public and $5 for students with valid ID.

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Mary B. Galvin Recital Hall


70 Arts Circle Drive
Evanston, IL 60208
United States

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Located in the Ryan Center for the Musical Arts, this 400-seat hall features a 40-foot glass wall offering views of Lake Michigan and the Chicago skyline. Undulating walls of Forest Stewardship Council–certified wood, covered with a thin layer of African moabi wood, provide optimal acoustics, and the hall is equipped with state-of-the-art sound and video equipment for recording.