Founded in 1980 to perform the instrumental music of Shakespeare’s time, the Baltimore Consort has explored early English, Scottish, and French popular music, focusing on the relationship between folk and art song and dance. Their interest in early music of English/Scottish heritage has also led them to delve into the rich trove of traditional music preserved in North America. Recordings on the Dorian label have earned them recognition as Top Classical-Crossover Artist of the Year (Billboard), as well as rave reviews elsewhere. Besides touring in the U.S. and abroad, they often perform on such syndicated radio broadcasts as St. Paul Sunday, Performance Today, Harmonia and the CBC’s OnStage.
Mary Anne Ballard researches many of the Consort’s programs. She also plays with Galileo’s Daughters, Mr. Jefferson’s Musicians, the Oberlin Consort of Viols, and Fleur de Lys. Formerly, she directed or coached early music at the Peabody Conservatory, Princeton University, and the University of Pennsylvania, where she founded the Collegium Musicum and produced medieval music drama. She is now on the faculty of Oberlin’s summer Baroque Performance Institute. A resident of Indiana and New York City, she music-directed the Play of Daniel for 75th Anniversary of the opening of The Cloisters Museum in New York and at Trinity Wall Street Church in New York.
Mark Cudek is the former Chair of the Historical Performance Department at the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University, and also Artistic Director of the Indianapolis Early Music Festival. In recognition of his work as Founder/Director of the Peabody Renaissance Ensemble and also the High School Early Music Program at the Interlochen Arts Camp, Mark received from Early Music America the 2001 Thomas Binkley Award and the 2005 Award for Outstanding Contribution to Early Music Education. He has toured and recorded with Apollo’s Fire and Hesperus, and, in his youth, worked as a café guitarist in the Virgin Islands. Mark is the 2014 recipient of the Johns Hopkins University Alumni Association’s Global Achievement Award and in 2018 was promoted to full Professor.
Larry Lipkis is Professor of Music, Composer-in-Residence, and Director of Early Music at Moravian University in Bethlehem, Pa. He has also served as Director of Early Music Week at Pinewoods, and is a longtime music director for the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival. He is also the Music Director of the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Lehigh Valley. Two of Larry’s concerti based on Italian Renaissance Commedia dell’arte characters were performed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Houston Symphony. Larry is on the Board of Managers of the Bach Choir of Bethlehem, and often lectures on the topic of Bach and Rhetoric. He has served as a faculty member at the NEH Bach Summer Scholar Institute in Leipzig and Bethlehem.
Ronn McFarlane (lute) has released over 40 CDs on Dorian and Sono Luminus, including lute solo collections, lute songs, lute duets, music for flute & lute, viola da gamba & lute, the complete lute music of Vivaldi, and Baltimore Consort albums. In the tradition of the lutenist/ composers of past centuries, Ronn has composed new music for the lute. These original compositions are the focus of his solo CD, Indigo Road, which received a Grammy Award Nomination in 2009. Other CD releases, One Morning, and Barley Moon, feature “Ayreheart,” an ensemble brought together to perform Ronn’s music. Nine Notes that Shook the World highlights duets with Mindy Rosenfeld, flute, harp, bagpipe. Visit www.ronnmcfarlane.com.
Mindy Rosenfeld (winds) plays historic and modern flutes; recorders, whistles, crumhorns, bagpipe and early harp. A member of San Francisco’s Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, as a guest artist Mindy has performed with American Bach Soloists, Musica Angelica, San Diego Bach Collegium, Catacoustic Consort, Apollo’s Fire, Portland Baroque Orchestra, Oregon and Carmel Bach Festivals and Opera Lafayette, among others. With an MM from San Francisco Conservatory and a BM from the Peabody Conservatory, Mindy divides her time between performing, teaching, and a crazy amount of driving to and from her coastal Northern California home.
Danielle Svonavec (soprano), holds degrees in mathematics ad voice from the University of Notre Dame. While still a student, she stepped in on short notice as soloist for the Baltimore Consort’s nine-concert 1999 Christmas tour. Since then she has toured with the Consort and appeared with the Smithsonian Chamber Players, Pomerium the South Bend Chamber Orchestra, and the South Bend Symphony. She currently serves as the Cantor at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart at Notre Dame, and teaches Middle School music at the Trinity School Greenlawn in South Bend, where she is also Dean of Junior High Girls. Danielle lives with her husband and three daughters on a farm near Goshen, Indiana.
José Lemos (countertenor). Since receiving the First Prize in the 2003 International Baroque Singing Copetition of Chimay, Belgium, he has performed with some of the USA and Europe’s leading conductors, at such places as Zürich Opernhaus, Teatro Real de Madrid, Théâtre des Champs-Élisées in Paris, Royal Festival Hall and Barbican Hall in London, Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall in New York, (e.g.William Christie, Marc Minkowski, and Paul McCreesh). A versatile performer, he charms audiences with exuberant renditions of native Brazilian and Sephardic songs in a duo with Uruguayan guitarist Marco Sartor, and performs medieval music, including the 12thcentury Play of Daniel (King Darius) at The Cloisters. José is a recording artist with Dorian/Sono Luminus. Visit www.joselemos.com
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