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