GRCC to Present Internationally Renowned Hildegard of Bingen and the Living Light

The Grand Rapids Community College Music Department is bringing acclaimed vocal soloist Linn Maxwell and her one-woman performance, Hildegard of Bingen and the Living Light, to the Spectrum Theater stage January 30, 2012.  

Hildegard was a medieval nun who defied the Catholic Church in a male-dominated world to become one of the first recognized female composers of liturgical music. She was known for challenging the church with both her music and philosophy.

“Hildegard’s music was largely ignored by musicologists until recently because her compositional style ran contrary to the known theoretical writings of the medieval period,” said Kevin Dobreff, director of Performing Arts at GRCC.

The performance will run approximately 65 minutes and features seven of Hildegard’s compositions accompanied on authentic reproductions of medieval instruments. The music was extracted from original writings and letters of the 12th century Abbess.

Maxwell’s performance has received excellent reviews internationally.

“Hildegard is reborn as mezzo Linn Maxwell…hypnotically beautiful songs,” said Times (London) writer Libby Purves.

Maxwell will be available after the show for a meet and greet reception, which will include refreshments.

The performance will be held at 7:00 PM on Monday, January 30. Tickets will be free for students with ID, $10 for general admission and $5 for senior admission. Tickets are on sale at GRCC’s Spectrum Theater Box Office, (616) 234-3946. More information on this event, including the online purchase of tickets, is available at

“We want to make this affordable and accessible for as many people as possible,” said Dobreff. “We are the whole community’s college.”

Grand Rapids Community College, established in 1914, offers opportunities for over 30,000 students annually in degree courses, certification and training programs, workshops and personal enrichment classes. GRCC holds classes on the downtown Grand Rapids campus as well as several additional locations throughout Kent and Ottawa counties.