Richard Wagner was a big fan of the Middle Ages.  Almost all of his operas are based on medieval legends or history.  He wrote operas about two medieval composers--Tannhäuser and Hans Sachs--and referred to others in his works.

On Friday, May 5th, the musicians of Collectio Musicorum will present a concert of music associated with Wagner's operas.  You will hear music by Tannhäuser, Wolfram von Eschenbach, Walther von der Vogelweide, Hans Sachs, and others. We will perform the original Flying Dutchman ballad and the ballad that gave Wagner the idea for an opera on the Tannhäuser legend, as well as music from the time of Rienzi and pieces from the monastery that inspired Parsifal.  

The concert will be held at Christ and St. Stephen's Church,  122 W 69th St, New York, NY 10023, at 8 PM.  Admission is free. 

We will repeat the program at a free fringe concert at the Boston Early Music Festival on Friday, June 16th, at noon.  It will take place at the Goethe-Institut Boston, 170 Beacon St, Boston, MA 02116.


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