Verdant Medicine: Hildegard's Resonant Apothecary

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Verdant Medicine: Hildegard's Resonant Apothecary

Presented by the Johns Hopkins Program in Arts, Humanities, & Health

FRI APR 30 | 2PM
$15-$100

Intersensory Program Materials (taste, touch, smell, hear, see). Order by April 22 (while supplies last). 

This multi-dimensional event includes hand-made Intersensory Program Materials that pair Hildegard's music, texts, and associated images with materials that you can literally smell, taste, touch, and hear.

Specialists in medieval music Alkemie, present a livestream performance of Verdant Medicine: Hildegard’s Resonant Apothecary featuring works by composer, abbess, and apothecary Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179) that focus on her healing use of plants.

The musical performance is immediately followed by a roundtable conversation with the musicians and three noted scholars, Dr. Victoria Sweet (Rooted in the Earth, Rooted in the Sky: Hildegard of Bingen and Premodern Medicine), Dr. Alisha Rankin (Panaceia's Daughters: Noblewomen as Healers in Early Modern Germany), and Dr. Minji Lee (“Woman’s Body In-Between: The Holy and Monstrous Womb in Medieval Medicine and Religion”) and moderated by Johns Hopkins historian of medicine Dr. Mary Fissell.

Created in conjunction with Johns Hopkins Program in Arts, Humanities, & Health and supported by the Fordham Center for Medieval Studies, this musical event will include hand-made “Intersensory Program Cards” that pair Hildegard’s music, texts, and associated images with materials that audiences can literally smell, taste, touch, and hear. The cards will be mailed to audience members who register by April 22nd.

Alkemie singer and Verdant Medicine co-creator Tracy Cowart describes how Hildegard integrated her practical knowledge of herbs and plants with her understanding of music and humankind’s place in the cosmos: “Hildegard expanded both Christian theology and the humoral theory of Galen to connect the viriditas (living greenness) of plants and the metaphorical viridity of spirituality directly to the human body and its functioning. Her beliefs are mirrored in the music she wrote for her community – ecstatic chants in which unfurling branches, earthbound roots, and medicinal spices are depicted in soaring melodies that swirl throughout an almost three-octave range.”


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Tickets at https://www.alkemie.org/events/verdantmedicine.

Student & Economic Need: $15 (+$0.48 Processing Fee)
Household: $25 (+$0.80 Processing Fee)
Alkemie Supporter: $50 (+$1.60 Processing Fee)
Alkemie Patron: $100 (+$3.20 Processing Fee)
 

Available on-demand for 2 weeks after the broadcast (through May 16).
Contact info@alkemie.org for more information as well as Group tickets.



 

 

 

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