Titans Rising Concert Series and Ensemble for Early Music
Artistic Director and Soprano
Since 2014 Sarah has directed and performed over a dozen projects for the “Titans Rising” concert series in Berlin, Germany. These ensemble projects focus on vocal repertoire for 2-6 voices of the 17th century and earlier. Some of the concerts she has programmed and performed include “Concerto delle donne di Berlin” (2019), Giacomo Carissimi’s oratorios “Jephte” (2014) and “Judicium Salomonis” (2016), “Il pastor fido” madrigals for 5 voices and continuo (2015), “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” (2014), “A House concert at Marco Maria Andresi’s in Milan, 1604” (2016) and “Forse che si, forse che no: A story of two rivals” (2018). The current program underway is the 3-voice medieval trecento program “Alla caccia!” planned for April 2020.
Ensemble Voix et Violes
This ensemble of three singers and three viols focuses on the Flemish repertoire of the 15th century. The period instruments were built by Richard Earle specifically for this late medieval and early renaissance music. Under the direction of musicologist Dr. Clemens Goldberg, this ensemble gives concerts of chansons and sacred music by composers such as Binchois, Ockeghem, Walter Frye and of previously unknown works from the Leuven Chansonnier, discovered in 2014.
Arianna: A Portrait – Solo baroque monody with theorbo
Claudio Monteverdi composed an opera (L’Arianna, 1608) on the story of Ariadne, who was abandoned by Thesues on the island of Naxos, but excepting one aria, the opera in its entirety is lost. The “Lamento d’Arianna” was so wildly popular across Europe that his “hit single,” the lament from the opera, was found in almost every musical household. Fortunate for us, because we have this gem of monody to enjoy 400 years later. Constructed around this lament, this recital draws on Monteverdi’s monody and other composers of his time to paint Ariadne’s story in 4 scenes.
This solo program portraying different characters from Shakespeare’s “A Midsummernight’s Dream” features English music from the 16th and 17th centuries. Charming music by Purcell, Dowland and others for soprano, recorder, viola da gamba and cembalo.
Other projects include singing as a soloist for oratorio and concert projects with choirs, as well as performing Lieder with pianists Kelsey Walsh, Sami Väänänen and Susan Wang, among others. Interested in musical collaboration? Please visit the Contact page.