PURCELL & BYRD
Friday, October 5, 2018 8pm | St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Brookline
Tickets: $60, $40 | $25 student/ senior
Fantasias for viol consort, featuring Sonnambula with soprano Elise Groves.
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)
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.
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.
ELIZABETH WEINFIELD, viola da gamba
Elizabeth Weinfield is a viol player, musicologist, and the artistic director of Sonnambula. As an independent performance curator, she uses her deep understanding of the technique and history of old music to deconstruct and reimagine its artistic possibilities in the present. In this capacity, she leads Sonnambula into the chamber music residency at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2018–2019, where she will design a site-specific series at The Met Cloisters. Currently guest curator of the Hispanic Society of America’s 2017–2018 concert season, “Hispanic Women Composers,” she designed concerts of work by unknown female composers with ties to the Spanish diaspora including many New York premieres. A dedicated educator, she has taught music at The City College of New York, Stern College/Yeshiva University and Fordham University, and art history at Oxbridge Academic Programs.
AMY DOMINGUES, viola da gamba
Amy Domingues has a passion for performing music new and old on the cello and viola da gamba. After more than a decade of singing and playing cello in her “chamber rock” band, Garland of Hours, Domingues turned to the viola da gamba. Following years of study, including master classes with Wieland Kuijken, Paolo Pandolfo, and Philippe Pierlot, she earned a master’s degree in Early Music from Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore. Since then, Amy has enjoyed an ambitious career as an early musician, performing on baroque cello and viola da gamba with groups as varied as The Folger Consort, Hesperus, The Washington Bach Consort, Corda Nova, Sonnambula, and with Dennis Kane in the experimental/neo-classical duo Domingues & Kane. As a recording artist, Amy appears on over 70 albums, spanning genres as varied as indie rock and classical, folk and experimental.
Colleen McGary-Smith, cello
Cellist and violist Colleen McGary-Smith performs regularly with Boston Baroque and the Handel and Haydn Society. Colleen has an active and varied freelance career on both modern and baroque cello as well as viola da gamba in the Greater Boston area. She is also a dedicated and enthusiastic teacher of cello students as young as 4 and up to the young at heart age of 95! Colleen began her cello studies at the age of 5 in St. Catherines, Ontario Canada. She was fortunate to have been born into a musical family. Both parents are professional musicians and educators. Colleen attended classes at the Eastman Preparatory Department and went on to receive her Bachelor of Music Degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music where her primary cello instructor was the acclaimed pedagogue, Alan Harris. After graduation, Colleen continued studies with Alan Harris and Richard Aaron while teaching in the Preparatory Department of CIM. She received her Master of Music from Boston University where her primary instructors were Andres Diaz on modern cello and Alice Robbins on baroque cello and viola da gamba. Other influential instructors were Jane Hershey, Phoebe Carrai, Timothy Eddy, John Hsu and Suzanne Wijsman.