To view and purchase advance tickets for our full season, click here.  At-the-Door Tickets $38

Donate to The Newberry Consort

Loading Events

« All Events

  • This event has passed.

Celestial Sirens: Music from Italian & Mexican Convents (Columbus)

March 22, 2013 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

| $27.00

A concert by the Newberry Consort, directed by Ellen Hargis

Presented by Early Music in Columbus, with SSCM’s support

Performance of "Celestial Sirens" at Saint Clement Church, Chicago

Saint Joseph Cathedral, 8:00 p.m.

Listen to an excerpt

This program offers a glimpse into the musical world of cloistered Catholic nuns in the seventeenth century.  Ellen Hargis writes, “Prepare to enjoy heavenly harmonies, toe-tapping rhythms, and the luminous sound of eight female voices together with organ and viola da gamba as we recreate the sonic glory of 17th-century convents.”

The first half of the program focuses on convents in several Italian cities, where cloistered sisters were celebrated as musicians.  The second half turns to sacred music from a convent in Mexico, as found in a set of manuscripts at the Newberry Library in Chicago.  The Newberry Consort prepared this material in collaboration with Robert Kendrick of the University of Chicago and (for the Mexican repertory) a graduate student there, Cesar Favila.

The program is directed by Ellen Hargis, renowned singer of early music, who serves as artist-in-residence with the Newberry Consort.

Conference attendees may purchase tickets as part of the online conference registration.  Others may do so at


March 22, 2013
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm


Saint Joseph Cathedral
212 E Broad St, Columbus, OH 43215 United States
+ Google Map


Early Music in Columbus

To view and purchase advance tickets for our full season, click here. At-the-Door Tickets: $38

Donate to The Newberry Consort