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In Mulieribus will illuminate the Hours of the Virgin in song & video featuring images from Mt Angel Abbey's Book of Hours collection
In Mulieribus will illuminate the Hours of the Virgin in song & video featuring images from Mt Angel Abbey's Book of Hours collection
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In Mulieribus will present an hour-long concert, "Horae: A Musical Book of Hours" on three successive dates in March: March 4 at Mt. Angel Abbey in Mt. Angel, OR; March 5 at St. Philip Neri in Portland, OR; and March 6 at St. James in Vancouver, WA.

This exciting concert will highlight the connections between visual art and music while exploring the Hours of the Virgin found within medieval Books of Hours. A simultaneous audio-visual presentation will offer audiences a unique multi-sensory experience as they imagine a medieval noblewoman on her private spiritual journey, turning the pages of her prayer book.

Book of Hours  MS 0065, No France, 1475-1500 Mt Angel Abbey Library
Book of Hours MS 0065, No France, 1475-1500 Mt Angel Abbey Library

The project will feature In Mulieribus’ eight professional women musicians singing period music that depicts, embellishes, and illuminates artwork from Books of Hours housed in the Mt. Angel Abbey Medieval Book and Manuscript Collection in Mt. Angel, Oregon. A video of the images – scenes from the life of Mary, ornate border art, illuminated initials, and landscapes – will be synchronized to illuminate through sight and sound the eight Divine Offices from Matins to Compline.

This Kickstarter appeal will fund the creation of the video portion of the project.

“Horae: A Musical Book of Hours" will offer a rare and unprecedented opportunity to experience the cultural treasures of Mt. Angel Abbey’s illuminated manuscript collection. It also brings together a superb group of professionals to collaborate with In Mulieribus. Sumi Wu, an accomplished videographer and highly creative artist, and Kathleen Worley, a veteran actor and director, are working with Artistic Director Anna Song to select images and music, synchronize images and sound, stage singers, and create the video that will immeasurably enrich the musical text. Before each performance, Reed Professor William Diebold, an expert on the Mt. Angel collection, will discuss the historical and socio-cultural context of the Books of Hours, and the connection between the images and the music, thereby preparing the audience to suspend disbelief, imagining themselves as pilgrims in a medieval church, enveloped by the glorious sounds of 14th-16th century vocal music while viewing the beauty of illuminated manuscripts projected before them.

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While In Mulieribus has set aside funds to underwrite this concert, we are now in the process of creating a rough draft of the video. Your support will allow us to enhance the visual impact of the images, thus enriching the audience experience. For our current season, we have no other major projects in the works, other than our upcoming annual Holiday 2015 and spring 2016 concerts. We have always funded our concert season through a combination of ticket sales and donations. In our nine year existence as a nonprofit 501c3 organization, In Mulieribus is proud that we have always operated in the black.

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    MATINS: A copy of Horae LIVE PERFORMANCE DVD

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    LAUDS: A copy of Horae LIVE PERFORMANCE DVD signed by each member of In Mulieribus

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    PRIME: A copy of Horae LIVE PERFORMANCE DVD signed by each member of In Mulieribus & and tickets to the Horae post-concert party in Portland, Oregon on Mar 5

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    TERCE: All of the above PLUS 2 premium tickets to the Horae: A Musical Book of Hours concert on either Mar 4, 5 or 6

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    SEXT: All of the above PLUS a copy of In Mulieribus: LIVE II CD album AND two premiere level tickets to one of our Dufay concerts in May 2016

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    NONE: All the above PLUS name recognition on the Horae: A Musical Book of Hours concert program booklet!

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    VESPERS: All of the above PLUS your name credited as associate producer on the Horae: A Musical Book of Hours DVD video booklet!

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    COMPLINE: All of the above PLUS a space in our Medieval Cooking class on Jan 17, 2016!

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