Arcadia Players, the western Massachusetts-based Early Music ensemble, has named Andrew Arceci (BM ’08, Double Bass, Viola da Gamba) as its next Artistic Director. Founded in 1989, Arcadia Players is a professional ensemble of musicians specializing in historical performance practice and dedicated to presenting music of the past in a fresh light for audiences old and new. Arcadia Players is in residence at the Arthur F. Kinney Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.
Faculty artists Susan Weiss, musicology, and John Moran, historical performance, and Paula Maust (MM ’16, Harpsichord) gave presentations at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music Historical Performance Conference. Weiss presented “The Archeology of Music Instruments: toward a new pedagogy for organology” and Moran presented “Have We Entered a Post-HIP Era, and Does it Matter” on January 29, 2021. Maust’s gave her presentation “‘Scarcely one of them without a defect:’ Imagined Beauty in the Eighteenth-Century Ospedale della Pietà” on January 31, 2021.
Three Peabody musicians are finalists in the World Bach Competition sponsored by the Boulder Bach Festival – Kristen Dubenion-Smith (MM ’05, Voice) in the Professional Vocalist category, Wade Davis (MM ’11, GPD ’13, Baroque Violoncello) in the Professional Instrumentalist Category, and junior Teresa Deskur, a French horn and music education student who plays recorder, in the Student Instrumentalist Category. The competition features 273 musicians from 239 countries.
The Winchendon Music Festival, founded and directed by Andrew Arceci (BM ’08, Double Bass, Viola da Gamba), presented a 2020 digital series with Arceci and lutenist William Simms (MM ’91, Guitar) performing.
Cellist Wade Davis (MM ’11, GPD ’13, Baroque Violoncello) performs Camille Saint-Saëns’ Le Cygne (The Swan) in a video featuring 32 premier ballerinas from 22 dance companies in 14 countries in support of Swans for Relief. Organized by Misty Copeland and Joseph Phillips, 100% of the funds raised will be distributed to each dancer’s company’s COVID-19 relief fund.