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Elizabeth Baber (soprano) and Charles Weaver (lute) made their debut as a duo at the 2004 Baltimore Shakespeare Festival with an innovative narrative program of songs from the plays of Shakespeare. The following year, their artist recital of 16th-century Spanish song at the Washington Early Music Festival met with a rave review from the Washington Post, which praised their “impeccable performances” and “imagination in programming.” They have since presented programs of Renaissance song in venues around the country, and have collaborated with ensembles such as New York Polyphony and Parthenia, a Consort of Viols. They are both faculty members of the New York Continuo Collective.
 
Charles Weaver is on the faculty of the Juilliard School, where he teaches Historically Informed Performance on Plucked Instruments. This season he is the assistant conductor for Juilliard Opera’s production of Francesco Cavalli’s La Calisto. He performs on lute and related instruments as a recitalist and accompanist, and also as a singer and choral conductor. Chamber music appearances include Quicksilver, TENET, Piffaro, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Folger Consort, Blue Heron, ARTEK, Musica Pacifica, the Sebastians, Mercury Baroque, and the Boston Early Music Festival Chamber Ensemble. He studied lute with Patrick O’Brien. He works as a vocal coach and director with the New York Continuo Collective—an ensemble of players and singers exploring seventeenth-century vocal music in semester-length workshop productions. He has also been a vocal coach at the Juilliard School and for the Yale Baroque Opera Project. He has served on the faculty of the City University of New York Graduate Center. He has taught at the Lute Society of America Summer Workshop in Vancouver, the Madison Early Music Festival, and the Western Wind Workshop in Ensemble Singing. He is Associate Director of Music at St. Mary’s Church in Norwalk, Connecticut.
 

Programs

Sacred Song 1500-1650: works of Josquin, Lassus, Monteverdi and more

Un monstro della natura: The genius and influence of Josquin

Recitar Cantando: Masterpieces of sacred and secular monody

A la mode espagnole: Spanish Song in 17th-century France

Sweet Was the Song: Psalms, carols and lovesongs from the English Renaissance

Con dulces cantos y modos: Music from the Golden Age of Spain

Fancy’s Knell: A Shakespearean Song-Cycle