PURCELL & BYRD

Friday, October 5, 2018 8pm | St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Brookline
Tickets: $60, $40 | $25 student/ senior 

Fantasias for viol consort, featuring violists Shirley Hunt and Colleen McGary-Smith, and Sonnambula with soprano Elise Groves.

Shirley Hunt, viola da gamba

Praised by The Strad as “stylish and accomplished,” internationally respected viola da gamba player Shirley Hunt embraces an eclectic musical life as a soloist, chamber musician, and continuo player.  Ms. Hunt has performed and recorded with the nation’s leading period instrument ensembles including Handel and Haydn Society, Boston Baroque, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, American Bach Soloists, Trinity Baroque Orchestra, Musica Angelica, Portland Baroque Orchestra, and Bach Collegium San Diego. Ms. Hunt performs regularly at the Metropolitan Museum of Art with the Renaissance ensemble Sonnambula, and appears in recital annually at the Museum of Jurassic Technology, where she is an artist in residence. Recent season highlights include performances at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the Library of Congress, the Morgan Library, Caramoor, National Sawdust, and La Jolla Music Society. Originally from Portland, Oregon, Ms. Hunt was born into a musical family and is the younger sister of the late mezzo-soprano Lorraine Hunt Lieberson.
www.shirleyhunt.net


Elise Groves, soprano

Elise Groves, soprano has been praised for her "clarion tone" and her "transcendent and soulful" singing. A versatile soloist and chamber musician, her repertoire ranges from Medieval to new compositions, with a special focus on the Renaissance and Baroque periods. Recent solo performances include Mozart's Requiem and Coronation Mass with The Choir of the Church of the Advent, Bach's St. Matthew Passion with Brown University and St. John Passion with Ensemble Musica Humana, and ensemble appearances with The Tallis Scholars, Vox Vocal Ensemble, True Concord Voices & Orchestra, Exsultemus, and The Bach Project. A native Oregonian, she received a B.A. and M.A. in Music Education from Oregon State University and an M.M. in Early Music Performance from the Longy School of Music. When Elise isn't singing, you can find her continuing her lifelong search for the perfect cup of hot chocolate.
www.elisemgroves.com


Sonnambula, Renaissance ensemble

Praised as “superb” by The New Yorker, Sonnambula is a Renaissance ensemble that brings to light unknown music for various combinations of early instruments with the lush sound of the viol at the core. Sonnambula holds the position of 2018-19 Ensemble in Residence at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, where they will perform a site-specific series at The Met Cloisters. Sonnambula has also performed on a st of historic viols from the Met Museum’s collection, and the ensemble has been featured at the Amherst and Madison Early Music Festivals. Other recent engagements include concerts at Strathmore, Alice Tully Hall, The Hispanic Society of America, Princeton University, Columbia University, Spectrum, The Frick Collection, The Museum of Biblical Art, and other venues throughout the Northeast. (photo credit: Paula Lobo for The Metropolitan Museum of Art)
www.sonnambula.org

 

Cellist and violist Colleen McGary-Smith performs regularly with Boston Baroque and the Handel and Haydn society.