Sunday, January 23, 2022, 4 p.m.
Corpus Christi Church
Tina Chancey, director, vielle, kamenj, rebec
Barbara Hill, soprano, percussion
Brian Kay, tenor, lute, citole, percussion
Dan Meyers, baritone, recorders, bagpipes, pipe and tabor, ciaramella
The Hunchback of Notre Dame: Early Music & Early Film
Prepare to be enchanted by the 1923 silent film, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, as Hesperus, an early music quartet based in Washington, D.C. and directed by Tina Chancey, provides a live soundtrack of French medieval music. Based on Victor Hugo’s novel of the same title, the film starring Lon Chaney is sumptuously set in turbulent 15th-century France, and Hesperus’s songs and dances dovetail with every overwrought gesture.
“The Hunchback of Notre Dame [was shown] to the strains of music by von Bingen, Machaut, Dufay and other composers … so that the great crowd scenes of medieval fairs and street fights played out to raucous medieval dance music and songs. The performance showed scholarship well used in the service of artistry and fun.”—Washington Post
Estimated run time: 100 minutes, no intermission.
The virtual program becomes available on Sunday, January 30, 4 p.m. ET, followed by a live Q&A, and remains viewable until February 20 (extended).
**Some original tickets may be expired. Please email us if there are issues accessing the concert during the extended run, and we will replace the expired ticket.
Artist Bios and Program
Innovative, historically informed, and multi-cultural, Hesperus’s programs connect the rich musical past with curious 21st-century concertgoers. They offer early music soundtracks for such classic silent films as Robin Hood and Nosferatu, partnerships with theater, mime and dance, musical portraits of a single culture through time, fusions of European early music with American traditional styles, and single-genre early music programs from the medieval era to the American Civil War. Whatever the genre, Hesperus performs with creative energy, technical assurance, and a delicious sense of irony.
Preferred Center: $55/$50
Premium Balcony and Sides: $40/$35
Partial View: $15/$10
Blocked View: $10/$5
Virtual Concert: $15
Regular Subscription: $132-$252
Partial Subscriptions: discount from 12% to 23%
Virtual Subscription: $60
We offer $5 student tickets to all in-person and virtual concerts.