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Benjamin Bagby Performs Beowulf
Start Date: 11/5/2010Start Time: 8:00 PM
End Date: 11/5/2010End Time: 10:00 PM

Event Description:
World-renowned performer of medieval music Benjamin Bagby, founder of the group Sequentia, will chant portions of the Old English poem Beowulf, while accompanying himself on a replica of the six-string Anglo-Saxon harp or lyre found at Sutton Hoo, an Anglo-Saxon burial site in Suffolk, England.

The performance is as close as anyone can come to actually being in an Anglo-Saxon hall and hearing the poem chanted in its original language. Modern translations are projected onto a screen beside or above the singer so that the audience can follow the meanings of the Old English poetry.

One reviewer says, "When Benjamin Bagby speaks, it is as if a thousand years have disappeared." Another says, "He is a captivating storyteller who molds each word like a carefully carved stone."

Cooper Series events are free and open to the public; there is no reserved seating. Event details may be subject to change without notice.

Location Information:
*Swarthmore College - Lang Music Building
Room: Lang Concert Hall
Contact Information:
Name: Craig Williamson
Phone: 610-328-8154
Event Sponsors
The William J. Cooper Foundation
Open To
The Public

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