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GR native, mezzo soprano Linn Keller Performs "Hildegard of Bingen and the Living Light"

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How often does one get a glimpse into the life of a monastic nun from the 12th Century?

Grand Rapidian and mezzo soprano Linn Maxwell Keller has just returned from the 2010 Edinburgh Fringe Festival to present her one-woman musical play, “Hildegard of Bingen and the Living Light” at St. Andrew’s Cathedral on Sunday, Sept. 26 at 3 p.m.

In this one-woman show, Linn embodies the extraordinary life of 12th Century German prophetess, healer, and composer, Hildegard of Bingen. Way ahead of her time and in a male-dominated world, Hildegard challenged the established authority of the church, both philosophically and musically.

Accompanying herself on authentic medieval instruments including psaltery, organistrum and harp, Linn performs seven of Hildegard’s original songs, and through the mystic’s actual letters and writings transports the audience to the turbulent times of the Crusades in Western Europe.

The performances in Edinburgh garnered these positive reviews:

"Hildegard is reborn as mezzo Linn Maxwell"
The Times (London) / Libby Purves

"Linn Maxwell triumphs in her one-woman show as Hildegard of Bingen ... A Special Gem!"     
The Stage (London) / Brian G. Cooper
★★★★  "A Real Fringe Find!"
Three Weeks / Jennifer McGregor

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