The Medieval Institute at Western Michigan University highlights here events of interest to the local medievalist community.

Friday, Nov. 15 through Sunday, Nov. 24

August Wilson, Gem of the Ocean, November 15-24.Play

Produced by the Department of Theatre

Gem of the Ocean

August Wilson

directed by affiliated faculty member Lofton L. Durham

Friday and Saturday, Nov. 15 and 16: 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Nov. 21, 22 and 23: 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 24: 2 p.m.
Shaw Theatre

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Gem of the Ocean is the ninth work in August Wilson's ten-play cycle recording the American Black experience. Set in 1904, the play begins on the eve of Aunt Esther's 287th birthday. When Citizen Barlow comes to her home seeking asylum, she sets him off on a spiritual journey to the mythical “City of Bones,” via the slave ship Gem of the Ocean. A powerful story of holding on to your ancestry in order to forge your future, Gem of the Ocean is truly a masterpiece.

Recommended for mature audiences. Patrons under the age of 8 will not be admitted, including babes in arms.

Sunday, Nov. 17

Portrait of the Schola Antiqua of Chicago.

Schola Antiqua

Image of a medieval map of Jerusalem.

Detail of a medieval map of Jerusalem


In the Connecting Chords Festival
Co-sponsored by the Michigan Festival of Sacred Music and the Medieval Institute

Jerusalem, 1000-1400

Schola Antiqua

Sunday, Nov. 17
4 p.m.
First Congregational Church
345 W Michigan Ave

Pre-concert lecture at 3:15 p.m.

General admission: $20
Seniors: $18
25 and under: $5

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Nell Snaidas, soprano, and Amro Hosny Helmy, oud and voice, join the Schola Antiqua for "Jerusalem 1000-1400," a program originally commissioned by the Metropolitan Museum of Art that brings medieval traditions to life with sounds of status quo and religious change in and around Jerusalem.