Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Beowulf Live!

(Image of Benjamin Bagby by Olga George)

From UNCA's Humanities program and the ECHO Early Music Festival comes a compellingly wacky series of performances from a man who performs excerpts from Beowulf, in the original Anglo-Saxon, on the six-string Anglo-Saxon harp.

And he's supposed to be great. (Read recent press on the show here.)

Here's what the New York Times had to say about Benjamin Bagby, who currently serves on the faculty of the Sorbonne as a professor of medieval music performance:

Mr. Bagby comes as close to holding hundreds of people in a spell as ever a man has... That is much too rare an experience in theater.
Check out his website here.

Bagby Speaks/UNCA event (Bagby "will demonstrate his work reconstructing the Old English oral poem Beowulf and will talk about the history of the Anglo Saxon Harp"):
UNCA, Laurel Forum
Saturday, Jan. 26
10:30 a.m.

ECHO concert ("Mr. Bagby will perform excerpts of Beowulf in Old English accompanying himself on the Anglo Saxon Harp"):
All Souls Cathedral, Asheville
Saturday, Jan. 26
7:30 p.m.
Ticket info is here
ECHO website

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