Sun, Oct 9 @ 3:00

Single tickets $25

A Grand Entertainment of Vocal and Instrumental Musick

Sunday, October 9th at 3:00 pm

Late-18th century London saw a surge in formal and semi-formal private concerts. These were important social events among the fashionable elite, and often featured celebrity performers and the latest works of prominent musicians. Our program opens with an aria from Chapel Hill’s own Florence Peacock, and includes fortepiano trios by Jan Ladislav Dussek and Joseph Haydn, as well as some arrangements of favorite Scotch airs by Haydn and Beethoven, sung by Tamsin Simmill. John O’Brien will be playing his copy of a c. 1782 Walther piano owned by Mozart, and will be joined by violinist Leah Peroutka and cellist Stephanie Vial.  Audience members will be asked to wear a mask.

Violinist Leah Peroutka is known for her versatility as a performer of repertoire ranging from the 17th Century through music of today on both modern and baroque violin. She has performed with numerous ensembles across the country and in Europe, including the Atlanta Baroque Orchestra, New Music Raleigh, North Carolina Baroque Orchestra, Bertamo Trio, and Ensemble Collina. With the latter she has recorded 17th Century chamber music works for violin, trombone and continuo (“Confluences”) on the Acis label. Locally, she performs regularly with the North Carolina Symphony, North Carolina Opera, Carolina Ballet, Magnolia Baroque, Mallarme Chamber Players, Raleigh Camerata and with colleagues at UNC-Chapel Hill and Duke University. Ms. Peroutka has been on the music faculty at UNC-Chapel Hill, serves as the coordinator for the Chapel Hill Chamber Music Workshop, and is in high demand as a private teacher in the Triangle area. Her instruments include violins by Jan Hus Bursík and L. Prokop as well as bows by Ole Kanestrom, Willem Bouman, Michelle Speller, and Harry Grabenstein.


Florence Peacock,
 soprano, has performed as a soloist in oratorio, recitals and opera throughout the United States and in Canada, England, Japan, Indonesia and Russia. A regular soloist at the Oberlin Baroque Performance Institute, she has also performed at the Franz Schubert Institute in Austria and has broadcast songs by Stephen Foster on NPR. She holds her Bachelor of Arts degree from Hollins College and her Master of Music degree from Yale University.

English mezzo-soprano Tamsin Simmill grew up singing the traditional Anglican church repertoire. As a student at Oxford, she toured in Denmark, Germany, Jakarta, and Hong Kong; sang and recorded with Emma Kirkby and the Consorte of Musicke; premiered works by Arvo Pärt in France with the Western Wind and Hilliard Ensembles; and, with the Finzi Singers premiered vocal works by modern British composers, recording on the Chandos label. She has sung with Duke Vespers Ensemble and Bach@Duke, Vocal Arts Ensemble of Durham, Raleigh Bach Soloists, and with other groups around North Carolina.

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.

John O’Brien  was born into a musical family, studying piano with his father from the age of five until graduating from high school. While in high school he also studied violin, flute, and later harp. He began his undergraduate studies as a double major in violin and piano performance. In 1989 O’Brien was awarded the DMA in accompanying from the University of Southern California. While at USC he also studied organ and harpsichord. O’Brien has been on the faculty of East Carolina University since 1985, serving as Professor of Accompanying, Chairperson of the Department of Vocal Studies and Director of the ECU Opera Theatre. Currently he teaches group piano and harpsichord and directs the Early Music Ensemble. Dr. O’Brien has collaborated with such artists as Metropolitan Opera stars Hilda Harris and Victoria Livengood, violinist Eliot Chapo, tenor Bill Brown, flautist Carol Wincence (The Juilliard School), and clarinetist Deborah Chodacki (University of Michigan). He has performed in New York’s Merkin Recital Hall, and at the Istanbul Festival with cellist Selma Gokcen. As harpsichordist he performs regularly with Clarino Consort and Baroque dance soloist Paige Whitley-Bauguess. He has performed recitals with soprano Julianne Baird and baroque violinist Julie Andrijeski. He was a featured artist in 2005, 2006 and 2008 at the Magnolia Baroque Festival in Winston-Salem and has appeared twice at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival with Chatham Baroque. John is a featured soloist in the duo fortepiano concert in October 2012.