Miami-based professional vocal ensemble Seraphic Fire will release Hildegard of Bingen’s “Ordo Virtutum” on its Seraphic Fire Media label on June 11.

Composed by 1151 C.E., “Ordo Virtutum” tells the story of a wandering soul, Anima, and her struggles between the forces of good and evil.  The album is the first complete, historically accurate recording. 

Hildegard of Bingen, born to a noble family in 1098, began to experience religious visions as a young child and went on to lead an early monastic community. She emerged as one of the leading thinkers of her age, making significant contributions to philosophy, music, theology and the natural sciences.  Remarkable for a woman at the time, Hildegard preached in public from the pulpit and was canonized by the Catholic Church in 2012. Today, she is revered as a feminist icon. 

“The music is, at its musical core, a celebration of women and their voices,” said Artistic Director Patrick Dupré Quigley. “Written for her own community of nuns, Hildegard created the music of the ‘Ordo’ and its characters for women she knew, led and sang with daily.” 

For more information or to purchase “Ordo Virtutum,” go to SeraphicFire.org.

Thinking Cap Announces Fall Reopening 

Thinking Cap Theatre, based at the Vanguard Sanctuary for the Arts on South Andrews Avenue in Fort Lauderdale, recently announced plans to reopen this fall with the theme, “Family Affair.”            

“Family Affair operates from the belief that anti-ableist, anti-homophobic, anti-racist and anti-sexist systemic change begins at the family level and proceeds with the idea that if we re-envision this identity bedrock, then we can collectively effect change. This program invites the South Florida community to investigate how it defines family and to experience the cathartic role that theatre can play as a springboard for exploring this subject,” said Producing Artistic Director Nicole Stodard. 

She added, “Family Affair will offer a safe setting for a more truly diverse audience to gather, experience, and discuss theatre and its importance to individual and community growth; provide marginalized groups in our community access to professional theatre productions and theatre training; and unify and ignite straight and LGBTQ+ audiences around TCT’s long-standing mission to present plays that represent our society's diversity and our common humanity in order to enhance audience appreciation of diversity in theatrical representation, subject matter, and style.” 

The company will open its 2021-22 season at the Vanguard in November with “Fefu and Her Friends” by María Irene Fornés.  

For more information, go to ThinkingCapTheatre.org.


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