Sunday March 26th at 3:00 pm
Echoes of the Fantastic
Reveling in the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church’s resonant space, this program of 17th- century instrumental music explores the unrestrained drama of the stylus fantasticus. Violinists Allison Nyquist and David Sariti are joined by Billy Simms on Theorbo and Stephanie Vial on Cello. Program includes Marini’s Echo Sonata as well as works by Biber, Schemlzer, and Rosenmuller.
Allison Edberg Nyquist’s violin playing has been described by The Chicago Sun Times as “impeccable, with unerring intonation and an austere beauty.” Nyquist has performed throughout North America, collaborating with many of the top Baroque ensembles, including Chatham Baroque, The Washington Bach Consort, Haymarket Opera Company, Apollo’s Fire, Ensemble Voltaire, Third Coast Baroque (Chicago) and served as concertmaster of the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra. Her discography includes recordings for the Eclectra, Delos, MSR Classics, and Centaur CD labels. Nyquist was Artistic Director of Music City Baroque (Nashville) and adjunct professor of Baroque violin at the Blair School of Music. She also taught violin at Lawrence University, Ohio State University, and Interlochen Arts Camp and served as professor of viola at Indiana State and DePauw Universities. She earned her degrees from the University of Michigan with Camilla Wicks and the Peabody Institute with Daniel Heifetz. She studied Baroque violin with Stanley Ritchie at Indiana University.
Violinist David Sariti enjoys a multifaceted career, with performance and research interests that span four centuries, on both period and modern instruments. He has recently appeared as recitalist at universities across the country, as soloist with orchestra, and in diverse chamber collaborations. He has made a special study of the music collection of Thomas Jefferson, and has given numerous presentations at Jefferson’s Monticello. Associate Professor at the University of Virginia, Dr. Sariti directs the Baroque Orchestra and currently serves as the Music Department’s Director of Performance. He holds degrees from Ithaca College, the University of Akron, and the Hartt School.
Asa Zimmerman is a violinist and violist based in Cockeysville, Maryland. In this capacity, they perform with a number of ensembles, including The Smithsonian Chamber Players, The Washington Bach Consort, Tempesta di Mare, The Thirteen, The North Carolina Baroque Orchestra, Burning River Baroque, Musica Spira, Mallarmé Chamber Players, The Handel Choir of Baltimore, Baltimore Baroque Band, and Charm City Baroque. Asa holds Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Music degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, as well as a Master of Music and Graduate Performance Diploma from Peabody Conservatory. They are currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Peabody.
William Simms, lute, theorbo and guitar, holds degrees from Peabody Conservatory (MMus) and College of Wooster (BMus). He performs on guitar, baroque guitar, lute and theorbo. He appears regularly with such groups as Opera Lafayette, Modern Musick and Olde Friends Concert Artists. He is also a founding member of the Baroque ensemble La Rocinante. In demand as a continuo player, he has performed numerous operas and oratorios, including performances with the Cleveland Opera and New York State Baroque. He serves on the faculties of Mt. St. Mary’s College; Hood College, where he is founder and director of the Hood College Early Music Ensemble; and the Interlochen Center for the Arts. He has recorded for the Dorian, Centaur and Eclectra labels.
Artistic Director, Stephanie Vial, is a widely respected cellist, praised for her technical flair and expressive sense of phrasing. Vial is also Co-director of The Vivaldi Project and has given solo and chamber music concerts, lectures, and master classes at numerous universities and institutions throughout the US: The Shrine to Music Museum in South Dakota, The University of Virginia, Boston Conservatory, McGill University, and The Curtis Institute of Music. Vial holds a DMA in 18th-century performance practice from Cornell University where she studied with John Hsu. She is the author of The Art of Musical Phrasing in the Eighteenth Century: Punctuating the Classical “Period,” published by the University of Rochester Press, and the creator of DancingwithBach.com, a video project exploring performance practice and the solo Bach cello suites. She has recorded for the Dorian Label, Naxos, Hungaroton, and Centaur Records. Vial calls Durham, NC, home, where she is a lecturer at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.