Bagby brings Beowulf to Misciagna Family Center

February 23, 2009

Travel back in time as performer Benjamin Bagby presents the Old English poem Beowulf at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 2, 7 p.m. in Penn State Altoona’s Paul R. and Margery Wolf Kuhn Theatre of the Misciagna Family Center for Performing Arts. 

Penn State Altoona’s English and Letters, Arts, and Sciences programs present the internationally acclaimed scholar in his performance sung in Old English with projected Modern English translation. Bagby’s Beowulf is an exciting reconstruction of the hero’s battle with the monster Grendel, as a medieval poet would have celebrated it over a thousand years ago in a Germanic mead hall. Accompanying his performance on a six-string harp, Bagby becomes Beowulf, Hrothgar, Wealtheow, and all of the characters from the epic. The British Theatre Guide in London described Bagby as "an extraordinary performer who provides an extraordinary evening’s entertainment."
Bagby is currently on the faculty of the Sorbonne University in Paris, where he teaches in the master’s program for medieval music performance practice. In 1974, he co-founded an ensemble for medieval music, Sequentia, which has produced two CDs of musical reconstructions from the medieval Icelandic Edda and numerous other recordings. Bagby has performed in Western and Eastern Europe, North and South America, Africa, the Middle East, Japan, Korea and Australia. He has made numerous recordings for European radio and television as well.

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Last Updated March 19, 2009