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.
Brian Kay (BM ’13, MM ’15, Lute) has been named the first artistic leadership fellow for Apollo’s Fire. Kay’s responsibilities in 2018-19 center on serving as co-director of the five new Baroque Bistro performances. In addition to his work as a leadership fellow, he will perform on plucked instruments in several AF subscription programs.