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Eya and Niccolo Seligmann

Dumbarton Oaks Music Room
February 24, 2019
02:00 PM to 04:00 PM
Juggling the Middle Ages Concert

DC-based women’s trio Eya: Ensemble for Medieval Music team up with virtuoso improvisor Niccolo Seligmann for a musical retelling of The Juggler of Our Lady. Follow the narrative of the juggler, voiced by the dynamic vielle, as he is torn between the pull of his spirit and his earthly condition. Hear him grapple, experiment, and surrender on fantastical medieval instruments, accompanied by the ethereal voices of Eya, who serve the roles of both the Greek chorus and the voice of the Virgin. Humorous, sumptuous, raucous, and tender, this is a one-of-a kind program featuring plainchant, 13th-century polyphony, and instrumental improvisation. 

Eya and Niccolo Seligmann will perform for 30 minutes at 2 p.m. and again at 3:30 p.m. This engaging and family-friendly experience will take place in the Music Room. Be sure to join Seligmann for a medieval instrument demonstration after the first performance and come to a Q&A with the full ensemble after the last performance.

Juggling the Middle Ages

Featuring more than 100 objects, Juggling the Middle Ages explores the influence of the medieval world by focusing on a single story with a long-lasting impact—Le Jongleur de Notre Dame or Our Lady’s Tumbler. The exhibit follows the tale from its rediscovery by scholars in the 1870s to its modern interpretations in children’s books, offering viewers a look at a vast range of objects, including stained glass windows, illuminated manuscripts, household objects, and vintage theater posters.