Troubadours and trobairitz at West Tisbury library


The West Tisbury library hosts the ninth annual performance of “The World of the Troubadours and Trobairitz” on Sunday, July 14, at 3 pm. The unique performance features 12th and 13th-century poems read in English and sung in Occitan, their original medieval language.

The poems will be recited by Islanders Nancy Cramer, Kanta Lipsky, Jeannette Demeestere, Susanna Sturgis, John Alley, Christopher Carrick, Jonah Maidoff, Hunter Moorman, and Gaston Vadasz. They will be sung by professional singers — tenor Daniel Gosten and soprano Shannon Rose McAuliffe from Boston. McAuliffe grew up on the Vineyard, and was a member of the Minnesingers. West Tisbury’s Paul Levine’s passion for “troubadours and trobairitz” is what brings the event together each year. 

Musical accompaniment will be performed by Jan Elliot and Lisa Espersson from the Cape’s early music group, Passacaglia, and Joe Scott from the Cape Cod Conservatory.

This annual event is free and open to the public.