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. They have also enjoyed many teaching residencies at K-12 schools, as well as at the Madison Early Music Festival and other university engagements.
Mary Anne Ballard researches many of the Consort’s programs. She also plays with Galileo’s Daughters, Brio and the Oberlin Consort of Viols. Formerly, she directed or coached early music at the Peabody Conservatory, Princeton University, and the University of Pennsylvania, where she founded the Collegium Musicum. She is now on the faculty of the Oberlin’s summer Baroque Performance Institute. Currently a resident of Mishawaka, Indiana, she has appeared recently with Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra.
Mark Cudek is Director of the Early Music program 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 regularly performed with Apollo’s Fire, The Catacoustic Consort, and Hesperus.
José Lemos won the 2003 International Baroque Vocal Competition in Chimay, Belgium. A native of Brazil and Uruguay, Mr. Lemos has appeared in opera roles at Tanglewood (Oberon in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream in 2004) and with Boston Baroque (Giulio Cesare). In 2005, he performed in Handel’s Giulio Cesare with Cecilia Bartoli at the Zürich Opera under Marc Minkowski, and in 2006 was Arnalta in Monteverdi’s Poppea in Buenos Aires. This year he has sung roles in Seattle (Poppea), at the Göttingen Handel Festival, the Boston Early Music Festival, and with Wm. Christie’s Les Arts Florissants throughout Europe and at Lincoln Center.
Larry Lipkis is Composer-in-Residence and Director of Early Music at Moravian College in Bethlehem PA. His cello concerto, Scaramouche, appears on the Koch label, and his bass trombone concerto, Harlequin, was premiered by the Los Angeles Philharmonic to rave reviews. The trilogy was completed when his bassoon concerto Pierrot was performed by the Houston Symphony. He has also served as Director of Pinewoods Early Music Week, and is currently a Music Director for the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival.
Ronn McFarlane has released over 25 CDs on Dorian, including solo music of John Dowland, lute song recitals, and recordings with the Baltimore Consort. Inspired by the lutenist-composers of the Renaissance, he has also composed over 35 new lute solos many of which are included on his new CD release, Indigo Road. In 1996 Shenandoah University conferred upon him an honorary Doctorate for bringing the lute and its music to a worldwide audience. He made his London debut in April, 2004. He has taught lute at the Peabody Conservatory and Indiana University, in addition to many summer workshops. Visit www.ronnmcfarlane.com.
Mindy Rosenfeld, a founding member of the Baltimore Consort whose playing graced our first decade, is also a long-time member of San Francisco’s Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra. Playing both historical wooden and modern flutes, she typically appears on tour with 15 instruments. Mindy is a frequent guest/soloist with numerous early music groups and Principal Flute in several symphony orchestras. Also the mother of five boys, besides performing, recording , and teaching, she loves dancing and her Mendocino garden.
Baltimore Consort CDs on the DORIAN label
On the Banks of Helicon: Early Music of Scotland DOR 90139
Watkins Ale: Music of the English Renaissance DOR 90142
The Art of the Bawdy Song (with The Merry Companions) DOR 90155
Custer LaRue Sings The Dæmon Lover (traditional ballads) DOR 90174
La Rocque ‘n’ Roll: Popular Music of Renaissance France DOR 90177
Bright Day Star: Music for the Yuletide Season DOR 90198
A Trip to Killburn: Playford Tunes and their Ballads DOR 90238
Tunes from the Attic: An Anniversary Celebration DOR 90235
The Ladyes Delight: Music of Elizabethan England DOR 90252
The Mad Buckgoat: Ancient Music of Ireland DOR 90279