Barbara Hollinshead

One of the Washington, D.C., area’s finest and best-loved early music singers, mezzo-soprano Barbara Hollinshead is frequently called upon to perform with ensembles throughout the mid-Atlantic region. Recent performances have taken her from New York and Boston to Venice and Vicenza in Italy, and have covered works ranging from medieval Byzantine chant to 20th-century song cycles.

Many of Washington’s leading groups, including the Folger Consort, Washington Chamber Symphony, and Washington Bach Consort, regularly bring Barbara’s warmth, expressiveness and joyful presence to their programs. On the stage she has enjoyed being cast in guises as varied as the triumphant god Juno and Hildegard’s sin-seeking soul, though her most important role is that of a mom to her two young sons.

Howard Bass

Lutenist Howard Bass has performed throughout the U.S. as a soloist and has been a guest accompanist with the Santa Fe Opera, Houston Ballet, the Washington Bach Consort, the Choral Arts Society of Washington, the Paul Hill Chorale, Capriole, and the Chicago Ballet, among others. He is a founding member of La Rondinella, which has made two highly acclaimed recordings for the Dorian Discovery label and has also performed and recorded with the Smithsonian Chamber Players, Hesperus, the Folger Consort, the Baltimore Consort, Ensemble Galilei, the New England Viol Consort, the Vocal Arts Quartet, and the Choral Arts Society of Washington.

Howard works at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, where he produces concerts, festivals, and recordings of traditional American music. He has produced several recordings of traditional music for the Smithsonian Folkways label, and also produced the recently released Dorian CD, Greysteil, a recording of Scottish early music.

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