Washington Early Music Festival 2005 Barbara Hollinshead, mezzo-soprano
Howard Bass, lute


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Howard Bass and Barbara Hollinshead Barbara Hollinshead, mezzo-soprano, has had career high points singing Bach at the Thomaskirche in Leipzig, Monteverdi at San Marco in Venice and the St. Matthew Passion one-to-a-part with Tafelmusik in Toronto. She has appeared with many of the East Coast's finest early music groups, including Chatham Baroque, the Four Nations Ensemble, The Washington Bach Consort, and The New York Collegium, and has sung under the baton of eminent conductors such as Christopher Hogwood and Andrew Parrott. She also performs extensively in Manhattan and its environs as a member of the NY-based chamber group ARTEK which received audience ovations and critical acclaim at its performance in the Regensburg (Germany) Festival for Early Music. Ms. Hollinshead began her vocal studies at her opera-singing mother's knee, and as an adult has studied with coaches in New York, Washington, and with Max Van Egmond in the Netherlands. Her discography includes recordings of solo lute songs with lutenist Howard Bass, Renaissance Spanish and Sephardic music with La Rondinella, and works by Mrs. H.H. Beach. Ms. Hollinshead rounds out her musical contributions with educational endeavors as professor of voice at American University, a leader of master classes on Renaissance and Baroque styles and a cast member of "Bach to School." When not performing, you can find her judging dive competitions and proudly listening to her sons sing at evensong services.

Howard Bass has performed throughout the United States as a soloist and has been a guest accompanist with vocal and instrumental ensembles throughout the Washington area and beyond. A founding member of La Rondinella, whose recordings appear on the Dorian label, he has also performed and recorded with the Smithsonian Chamber Players, HESPERUS, the Folger Consort, the Baltimore Consort, and the Choral Arts Society of Washington, among others. In recent years he has worked extensively as an accompanist with Sephardic singer/composer Flory Jagoda and early music singer Barbara Hollinshead. Howard is manager of the Cultural Arts unit in the Public Programs Department at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian.

Ms. Hollinshead and Mr. Bass will perform music of Renaissance Spain and the Spanish Jews on Saturday, June 25, at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Capitol Hill. (Back to Schedule)