The Dryden Ensemble presents “Queen Christina Goes to Rome,” a dramatic retelling of the story of the unconventional Swedish queen.
Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, at Trinity Episcopal Church, 6587 Upper York Road, Solebury, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20, at Miller Chapel, on the campus of Princeton Theological Seminary, 64 Mercer St., Princeton, N.J.
General admission tickets are $25 per concert, and student tickets are free with a valid ID. Tickets may be purchased at drydenensemble.org
or at the door.
Queen Christina, one of the most learned women of the 17th century and a great patron of the arts, abdicated at the age of 28, giving up her throne for a life of music, art and religion in Rome.
The concert features Roberta Maxwell as Queen Christina and Paul Hecht as narrator in dramatic readings from the letters and diaries of Queen Christina of Sweden and other historical figures, including the French philosopher Descartes.
The music mirrors Christina’s journey from Stockholm via Innsbruck to Rome, with excursions to Paris and Hamburg, and ending in Rome. An ensemble of oboe, violins, viola da gamba, lute and harpsichord will perform chamber music by Buxtehude, Louis Couperin, Schmelzer, Corelli, Scarlatti, and Pasquini.