Artist and Lecture Series Presents: “Armonia Celeste"

  • Date: Friday, October 10, 2014
  • Time: 7:30 p.m.
  • Location: Lingle Recital Hall, Center for the Visual and Performing Arts
  • Page: Event Page

Armonia Celeste

Sarah Abigail Griffiths ’00 discovered her passion for music at Earlham while pursuing a degree in science.

Originally a Chemistry major, Griffiths switched majors during her junior year while performing in concert choir under the direction of Professor of Music Dan Graves, now retired.

“It was a natural and wonderful transition,” Griffths says. “I liked the idea of studying Chemistry, but I worked with Dan Graves from the moment I stepped on campus, and I loved it.  I’m also the youngest of three siblings who all went to Earlham and performed in the choir. I decided I needed to be in music.”

Griffiths returns to campus Friday to perform with Armonia Celeste (Italian for “heavenly harmony”) as part of the College’s “Artist and Lecture Series.” The 7:30 p.m. concert takes place at Lingle Recital Hall in the new Center for Visual and Performing Arts (a pre-concert conversation with the ensemble begins at 6:45 p.m.) 

The ensemble — Griffiths and Rebecca Choate Beasley (sopranos), Diana Grabowski (mezzo soprano), Paula Fagerberg (historical harpist), and Lyle Nordstrom (lutenist and baroque guitarist) — perform music from the Italian Renaissance and Baroque eras. 

“It means so much to come back and perform at Earlham and give back to this community that continues to shape who I am today,” Griffiths says. “I remember coming back two years ago and being amazed to see the same types of students and asking the same types of questions and really growing and being engaged in their learning like when I was a student.”

Tickets are $10 for adults, and $5 for students and seniors. One free ticket is available with an Earlham ID.

The ensemble will perform its show “The Rebel Queen: Music from Christina’s Swedish Court in Rome.” The ensemble played a different show at its 2012 appearance at the College.

Queen Christina is a famous and intriguing figure in musical history, Griffiths says.

“She decided to move to Italy and converted to Catholicism, despite her father being a Protestant hero during the Thirty Years’ War in Sweden,” she says.

“Her becoming Catholic was celebrated in Italy and she was a sought-after celebrity for that reason alone. This program looks at music that inspired her when Italian performing troupes first came to Sweden. She became such an important patron for the arts when she came to Italy and this show features composers she commissioned. 

Before the concert, the ensemble will visit music classes and the concert choir, and coach individual students.

In addition to performing and working with students, Griffiths says she’s thrilled to visit the new Center for Visual and Performing Arts, which opened in August.

“I just need to see it with my own eyes,” Griffiths says. “I’m thrilled. I feel like this is an amazing opportunity to expand on what this college is already doing for the arts.”

Box Office Information:  The box office is located in Carpenter Hall and open Monday - Friday, noon - 4:00 p.m. Tickets are also available Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. at the Office of Events and Operations in the basement of Carpenter Hall room 030, or by calling 765-983-1474.


Additional Details:

  • Sponsor: Artist and Lecture Series
  • Event Contact: Keith Cozart
  • Organization: Office of Events and Opertations
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  • Contact Phone: Box Office 765-983-1474, Office of Events and Opertations 765-983-1373
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