Benjamin Bagby, voice & harp
Sunday, September 30, 2018, 4 p.m.
Corpus Christi Church
Benjamin Bagby, voice and harp
Accompanying himself on a six-stringed harp, Benjamin Bagby takes on the role of medieval scop, or “singer of tales,” to relate the Anglo-Saxon poem Beowulf through speech and song. Bagby’s dramatic retelling of Beowulf and the Icelandic Edda, scholarly reconstructed epics from the Middle Ages, is an invaluable gift to the music world. Based in Paris, he teaches at the Sorbonne and also directs Sequentia.
Post-concert Q and A
“Bagby is an uninhibited interpreter and actor. His baritone is strong and expressive, his gestures simple and vivid…. The performance is an extraordinary feat of scholarship, imagination, memory, musicianship and, most of all, story-telling. He has a communicative power that transcends language.”
—The Boston Globe