Amy Domingues (MM ’12, Viola da Gamba) is a founding member of the early music ensemble Sonnambula. Sonnambula’s debut recording, Leonora Duarte: The Complete Works, was released on June 7 on the Centaur Records label. Leonora Duarte (1610–1678), a Jewish Converso living in Antwerp, was the only known woman to write music for the viol in the seventeenth-century. Her surviving work, seven Sinfonias for consort, not only fill an extraordinary gap in history, but are a testament to a formidable talent for composition. While working on the project during their residency at the Cloisters, they collaborated with Teju Cole, who has provided commentary on the composer on the album. This project was detailed and praised in an article in The New Yorker in February.
The Peabody Renaissance Ensemble has been selected as a Festival Ensemble for the 2019 Young Performers Festival and Showcase, a part of the Bloomington Early Music Festival. The festival will take place May 22-24, and will offer performances and workshops for PRE. There, PRE will present a program of Medieval, Renaissance, and traditional music taken from three programs the group has presented during in the 2018-19 academic year, including “Music for Three Faiths,” “The World of Leonardo,” and an all-Spanish program the ensemble performed at the Conciertos de la Villa de Santo Domingo Festival, Dominican Republic, in February 2019. They were also featured on this week’s Early Music America Weekly E-Notes.
Nola Richardson (MM ’10, Voice Pedagogy; MM ’11, Early Music Voice) won the Grand Rapids Bach Festival Competition. She was the recipient of the Linn Maxwell Keller Distinguished Bach Musician Award, which included a $10,000 prize. The finals were held on Thursday, March 21 at the Cathedral of Saint Andrew, in Grand Rapids, Mich.
Two Peabody alumni were on a Grammy-winning recording. Brian Kay (BM ’13, MM ’15, Lute) and William Simms (MM ’91, Guitar) now perform with Apollo’s Fire, which was featured on “Songs of Orpheus-Monteverdi, Caccini, D’india & Landi” which won the Grammy for Best Classical Solo Vocal Album.
Members of the Peabody Renaissance Ensemble will be performing in the Conciertos de la Villa de Santo Domingo Festival February 14-17. On Thursday, February 14, they will perform outreach concerts at Regina Angelorum Church and Samolé Ureña School. On Friday, February 15 at 8:30 pm, they will perform at the Museum of the Royal Houses. Finally, on Sunday, February 17 at 6:30 pm, they will have a concert at Capilla de los Remedios, the oldest church in the New World. Undergraduates Olivia Castor, harp; Colton Hodge, bass viola da gamba; Katherine Holobinko, soprano; and Sarah Shodja, recorders, with graduate students Cameron Welke, lute; Mara Yaffee, soprano; and Stephanie Zimmerman, renaissance violin, will all be travelling to the Dominican Republic to perform these special concerts.