Enjoy an afternoon concert with musicologist Elizabeth Weinfield and the early music ensemble Sonnambula.
This performance is part of the Women in Art and Music: An Early Modern Global Conference, co-hosted by the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art and The Juilliard School in New York.
Praised as “superb” by the New Yorker, Sonnambula is a historically informed ensemble that brings to light unknown music for early instruments with the lush sound of the viol at the core. Sonnambula recently held the position of Ensemble in Residence at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, where the group curated a site-specific series at The Cloisters. Sonnambula has also worked closely with The Hispanic Society in New York, designing concerts featuring little-known female composers and American premieres of both 18th-century Cuban sacred music and Spanish zarzuela. The ensemble’s award-winning recording of 17th-century composer Leonora Duarte was released on Centaur Records.
Elizabeth Weinfield, photo by Mark Kwiatek.
Elizabeth Weinfield is a professor of musicology at The Juilliard School. Her research explores the relationships among gender, performance, and material culture in the early modern period. She holds a PhD in historical musicology and is the director of Sonnambula, in which she also plays the viola da gamba. Her recording of the music of 17th-century composer Leonora Duarte (Centaur Records) won the American Musicological Society’s Jewish Studies award in 2019. She is working on her first book, a monograph on Duarte that investigates music’s role in the convergence of business and culture in the early modern domestic space.