Concert Spotlights St. Hildegard, Newest Doctor of the Church
STEUBENVILLE, OH—The heroic life of St. Hildegard and the book of Psalms provide the inspiration for a vocal and organ concert on Saturday, October 27, at 7:00 p.m. in Franciscan University of Steubenville’s Christ the King Chapel.
The concert features 20 members of Franciscan’s Sacred Music Program. The women will perform St. Hildegard’s Ordo Virtutum, while the men will perform Dvorak’s Biblical Songs. The performance is directed by Dr. Alanna Keenan, Franciscan University assistant professor of music and director of the program in voice.
St. Hildegard of Bingen was named the fourth woman doctor of the Church by Pope Benedict XVI on October 7, 2012, joining St. Thérèse of Lisieux, St. Teresa of Avila, and St. Catherine of Siena. St. Hildegard was a 12th-century German mystic, foundress, and poet. She has been long admired by musicians for her contributions to the chant repertoire. The Ordo Virtutum is based on one of St. Hildegard’s mystical visions. It will be sung a cappella.
The book of Psalms serves as the text for Dvorak’s Biblical Songs. The performance explores themes of despair and sadness that give way to supplication, and finally jubilation. The men will be accompanied on the organ by Dr. Paul Weber, Franciscan University associate professor of music and director of the program in organ.
The performance is free and open to the public.
Agatha Christie’s The Hollow Will Keep Audience Guessing to the End
STEUBENVILLE, OH—The Franciscan University of Steubenville Drama Department’s fall production, The Hollow, will immerse audiences in the complex web of a murder mystery, woven by the Queen of Crime herself, Agatha Christie.
In The Hollow, friends gather at the home of Lady Lucy and Sir Henry Angkatell for a restful weekend in the English countryside, but some guests will not survive. A perceptive detective must sort through clues to find the murderer. Everyone has a motive and an opportunity to commit the crime, which heightens the suspense.
Christie is one of the world’s most prolific and renowned authors of crime fiction and drama. Her play, The Hollow, was first produced in England in 1951. It is based on her novel by the same name.
The play is directed by Dr. Monica Fay Anderson, Franciscan University professor of Fine Arts. Performances will be held November 9, 10, 16, 17 at 7:00 p.m., and November 11 and 18 at 2:00 p.m. in Anathan Theatre in the ground floor of Egan Hall.
Tickets cost $4 for adults and $2 for students and seniors. Admission is free for clergy and Religious, and children ages 12 and under.
Tickets are available through Franciscan University's faculty secretary at 740-283-6245 and at the door on a first-come, first-served basis.