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Lecture: The Perilous Allure of Convent Singing
Sponsored by the Ohio Humanities Council: Best-selling author and music scholar Dr. Craig Monson will talk about the novel phenomenon of female singers in 17th-century Italy in the sacred and secular worlds. He will describe the lives women led in the convents, which, at the time, was an acceptable alternative for women without husbands or children. The cloistered life, although physically restrictive, offered creative freedoms unavailable to married women, including extensive educations and the opportunities to write or compose. Even these opportunities were viewed with suspicion, though: the female voice was considered dangerous because of the perceived connections between making music and making love. This lecture will reveal the little-known history of women’s roles in society. At the end of the lecture, the audience will be welcome to ask questions and have a discussion of the topic. This presentation will give historical context for the Catacoustic Consort musical performance on Friday, November 13 at St. Rose Church.