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Star of the Sea: Hymns to the Virgin Mary – Rochester Early Music Festival
November 16, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm$10
Among the many images and titles associated with the Virgin Mary, the metaphorical “Star of the Sea” is one of the oldest and most pervasive. In this description, Mary’s nurturing nature combines with her uniquely human perspective; just as she leads adrift sailors to safe harbor, she brings the prayers of the faithful to God, interceding on man’s behalf.
Countless hymns and motets were composed to celebrate the Star of the Sea. The pillars of our program are three settings of “Ave maris stella,” each with entirely different musical textures. Motets that use the hymn as the basis of extravagant polyphony weave among Italian laude and some of Hildegard’s finest Marian antiphons.