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Ann Marie Morgan, Viola da Gamba; Joshua Smith, Flute; William Simms, Theorbo
Joshua Smith, flute, is equally at home as a soloist, chamber musician, and educator. This past fall, he was the the soloist on The Cleveland Orchestra’s European tour, performing Jörg Widmann’s flute concerto. Smith received a Grammy nomination for his Telarc recording, Air, and has recorded two discs with harpsichordist Jory Vinikour dedicated to the Sonatas of J.S. Bach. He appeared on a Live from the Marlboro Music Festival recording and can be heard on over 100 Cleveland Orchestra recordings.
Intrigued with exploring new ways of connecting with audiences, Smith leads the chamber group Ensemble HD which includes Cleveland Orchestra members and guests. Ensemble HD released its first double vinyl album in May 2013, Live at the Happy Dog. Smith appears regularly as a chamber musician on the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society series, at the Marlboro and Santa Fe Music Festivals, and with the Israeli Chamber Project. He has performed in collaborative concerts with the Cleveland Museum of Art, Pensacola Museum of Art, Museum of Contemporary Art in Miami, and at the 92nd Street Y in New York City.
William Simms is an active performer of early music. Equally adept on lute, theorbo and baroque guitar, he appears regularly with The Bach Sinfonia, Apollo’s Fire, The Washington Bach Consort, and The Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado. He has performed numerous operas, cantatas, and oratorios with such ensembles as The Washington National Opera, The Cleveland Opera, Opera Lafayette, and American Opera Theatre. Venues include The National Cathedral, The Museum of Fine Arts Boston, The Library of Congress, The Corcoran Gallery, The Kennedy Center and The Barns at Wolftrap. He has toured and recorded with The Baltimore Consort as well as with Apollo’s Fire. His recording with Ronn McFarlane, Two Lutes, was the CD pick of the week on WETA in Washington DC in 2012. Mr. Simms received a Bachelor of Music from The College of Wooster and a Master of Music from Peabody Conservatory. He serves on the faculties of Mount St. Mary’s University and Hood College, and is the founder and director of the Hood Early Music Ensemble. He has recorded for the Dorian, Centaur, Naxos and Eclectra labels.