Professor Margot Fassler to give Luther College Sihler lecture

Renowned music historian, Professor Margo Fassler, will deliver a lecture at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 7, in the Recital Hall in the Center for Faith and Life on the Luther College campus.

The lecture, titled "Hildegard's Chants for Cosmos and Creation," will focus on Hildegard of Bingen, an extraordinary medieval nun who wrote theological works, composed music, designed art works and was head of her religious community. She was a scientist too, and had serious interest in the cosmos, its creation and its meanings as a work of divine creation. Fassler will describe the art works and music chosen for a digital model of the 12th-century cosmos, created day by day in accordance with Hildegard’s instructions, and using several of her compositions as well. The model is based primarily on two illustrations from Hildegard's work "Scivias."

The lecture is open to the public with no charge for admission.

Fassler is a Keough-Hesburgh Professor of Music History and Liturgy at the University of Notre Dame and director of the program in Sacred Music, as well as a Tangeman Professor of Music History, emerita, at Yale University. She is also a celebrated author, having written numerous books about the history of music and the medieval era. She won the 2011 ACE/Mercers' International Book Award and the 2012 Otto Gründler Book Prize for her book, "The Virgin of Chartres: Making History through Liturgy and the Arts."

Fassler is vice president of the Medieval Academy of America and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She has also co-produced and written films on sacred music and gives lectures nationally and internationally.

The lecture is sponsored by the Sihler Family Endowment, which funds lectures with emphasis on women in church music. This lecture also coincides with Women's History Month, allowing the Luther community to celebrate the first known western female composer and her sacred music and theological writings. The event is co-sponsored by Luther's Women and Gender Studies and Music departments.

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Hildegard of Bingen, Scivias II i
Hildegard of Bingen, Scivias I iii