The Soul's Flame: A Journey Mirroring Dante’s World in Art, Story, and Music Sunday, February 21 at 5:00 pm Numina Center for Spirituality and the Arts at Church of the Incarnation, 550 Mendocino Avenue Santa Rosa
Suggested donation $25 at the door only Open to all!
5pm – The Story and the Art with Kayleen Asbo, PhD accompanied by violinist Julija Zibrat 6pm – The Musical Journey with Shira Kammen, Devi Mathieu, Michelle Levy, and the Dante Singers
In his epic poem the Divine Comedy, Dante Alighieri weaves Greek and Roman mythology, Italian history, and Christian legacy into a map that charts the journey of the human spirit from the depths of despair to the heights of beauty and love. In observance of the Lenten season, and in honor of the 750th anniversary of Dante’s birth, Numina Center for Spirituality and the Arts presents an experience of music, art, and story that emphasizes the profound, universal elements of Dante’s vision. We follow in the footsteps of his quest in Purgatorio for hope, healing, and community. This journey of hope and forgiveness begins at 5pm, with cultural historian Kayleen Asbo presenting art and story that charts Dante’s path through the Purgatorio. At 6pm, medieval music specialists Shira Kammen and Devi Mathieu, joined by Michelle Levy and the Dante Singers, present a program of music to lead us on that journey. With music drawn from the medieval era and beyond, our journey crosses the boundaries of time, culture, and spirituality. The program features some of the most renowned pieces from the Middle Ages, with emphasis on works referenced in Dante’s poetry. Selections range from Gregorian plainchant and Hildegard of Bingen, to Carmina Burana and Cantigas de Santa Maria. The journey honors the common roots of all the traditions that trace their origins to the prophet Abraham by including songs and chants from Christian, Sufi, and Jewish traditions. Philip Jonckheer will narrate our adventure. Audience members will have the opportunity to join in some of the chanting.