in collaboration with Kathryn Mueller, soprano
Madness can rocket you from bliss to anguish and back. So can music – especially when it goes a little crazy. From the frenzied stamping of the folia, a dance in which young women succumbed to wild “folly,” to the heartbroken howls of operatic heroines, madness set to music can terrify, stir and delight. Soprano Kathryn Mueller, praised as “a star in the making” by The Albuquerque Journal, joins Wayward Sisters for a dervish whirl through music by Vivaldi, Handel, Purcell and more.
In 2011, Wayward Sisters won the Early Music America/Naxos competition, a nationwide search for new early music talent. In 2010, the Newberry Consort showcased Wayward Sisters on their series as “Emerging Artists to Watch.” The group’s debut CD was released on the Naxos label in March 2014.
Wayward Sisters is Beth Wenstrom (Baroque violin), Anne Timberlake (recorders), Anna Steinhoff (Baroque cello and viola da gamba) and John Lenti (theorbo and guitar).
The name “Wayward Sisters” refers not only to Henry Purcell’s vivid conjuring of Shakespeare’s witches, but to the group members’ far-flung lives and continuing commitment to making music together.
“…polished and spirited playing…”
– Chicago Classical Review
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