Hildegard von Bingen

Life awaits its birth this Saturday before Easter on Now Is the Time, Saturday, April 15th at 9 pm on WRTI.org and WRTI-HD2. Evan Chambers walks through a graveyard and is inspired by inscriptions and poetry in the Introduction to The Old Burying Ground and its last section, Paths of Peace. Then, an empty building in a Memphis night wonders if the sun will ever return, in Abandoned, a monodrama by Kamran Ince.

In an era when women had little voice, 12th-century abbess Hildegard of Bingen founded her own women's monastery, authored volumes of sacred text, served as a physician to her community, wrote the oldest surviving musical morality play, and produced plainchants of great expression and beauty. She was canonized in 2012.

The Medieval music ensemble Sequentia is performing an all-Hildegard von Bingen concert in Philadelphia on January 29th at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul at 7:30 pm. As David Patrick Stearns reports, there are some interesting local angles: Philadelphia once had a chamber music group and a publishing house named after Hildegard, who - only in recent years - has finally been de