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Welcome the Middle Ages!

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When the Capella Antiqua Bambergensis (or CAB, as some refer to them) started their musical journey into the middle ages, they were pioneers, by some probably regarded as weirdos. Equipped with a profound knowledge of the old days and a contageous enthusiasm for the brighter side of an epoche often associated with deseases and darkness, they were among the first to revive a music that often seems more modern than many Classical compositions. Today, many years and albums later, medieval art has almost become a part of mainstream culture. And 2006 could well be the year it reaches its pinacle.

The next twelve months, at least in Germany, there will be a plethora of events on this topic and to celebrate the occasion, the CAB will hit the road. It's been a while since the last time this has happened, which has a lot to do with the fact that the Capella has a strong home-base, its very own castle Wernsdorf. Wernsdorf was re-built virtually by the Capella themselves and now hosts concerts, work shops, lectures and a great series of building your own harp. Which meant that as visitor numbers to the "Schloss" increased, the need to start a tour became less urgent. Things changed though, as Thomas Spindler started co-organising two fantastic exhibitions on the middle ages, one in Dortmund and the other one a split affair between Magdeburg and Berlin.

The former is simply entitled "Dortmund in the Middle Ages" and starts on April 2nd. Until the 16th of July, it will open its doors to everyone interested in a little more other than the city co-hosting the Soccer World Championship. For 200 years, from the 13th until the 15th century, Dortmund experienced its golden age, both economically and culturally and the most significant objects to prove this will be shown to the public. Music was an integral part of mediaeval life - back then, there were performances each morning and the night, organised by the cities' players guild. On top of that, musicians took on the important task of warning citizens of impending danger. The Capella will accompany the festivities on two occasions.
Meanwhile, an even grander exposition follows the traces of the Ottoman Empire, transforming pittoresque Magdeburg and cosmopolitan Berlin into town-sized exhibits from August 28th until December 10th. A total of 800 years will pass visitors by, both in the two main museums, the "Kulturhistorisches Museum Magdeburg" and the "Deutsches Historisches Museum Berlin", as well as in the cities themselves, with a lot of special events taking place.

Other rural towns will join in - a great opportunity to discover parts of the country you might never have seen and whitness history come alive in a lively way. If you're opting for the music, however, here's the complete tour schedule of the Capella Antiqua Bambergensis:

02.04.06 Dortmund
07.04.06 19:00 Litzendorf Kath. Kirche
17.04.06 17:00 Bamberg Kirche St. Michael
20.05.06 20:00 Dortmund
03.06.06 20:00 Burgkunstadt Alte Vogtei
05.06.06 17:00 Bamberg Kirche St. Michael
06.08.06 15:00 Burg Bederkesa
11.11.06 19:30 Baiersdorf
14.12.06 20:00 München Schloß Blutenburg
26.12.06 17:00 Bamberg Kirche St. Michael

Homepage: Capella Antiqua Bambergensis
Homepage: Exhibit: Dortmund im Mittelalter
Homepage: Exhibit: Heiliges Römisches Reich Deutscher Nation 962-1806

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