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.
Brian Kay (BM ’13, MM ’15, Lute) was recently appointed Instructor of Lute in the Historical Performance Dept. at Case Western Reserve University. Kay was also just made a core member of Apollo’s Fire, part of the Cleveland Baroque Orchestra, an ensemble he has guest-directed several times.
Helen-Jean Talbott (MM’ 09, Recorder Performance), a composition student of Judah Adashi (MM ’02, DMA ’11, Composition) and previously a recorder student of Gwyn Roberts, was featured in a Washington Post article about the Maryland Renaissance Festival. Ms. Talbott directs Consort Anon. Cynthia Sutton (MM ’17, Musicology) joined the ensemble last year; she and Ms. Talbott met in Professor Roberts’ Recorder Consort at Peabody.