Guest artist Zoe Weiss will perform a solo recital on the viola da gamba (precursor to the cello) on Tuesday, March 8, at 8 p.m. in St. John’s Chapel. Admission is free. Weiss will perform works dating from the 16th through 18th centuries.
Weiss performs extensively on Baroque cello and viola da gamba in the greater Boston area and beyond. Originally from Ithaca, N.Y., she fell in love with early music at Oberlin Conservatory where she studied viol and Baroque cello with Catharina Meints. She recently completed a master of music degree at Boston University studying with Laura Jeppesen and Sarah Freiberg.
At Oberlin, she taught many beginning viola da gamba group classes and continues to teach privately in Boston. In addition to her teaching work, she created a staged adaptation of Purcell’s The Fairy Queen which she co-directed and conducted. She is much in demand as a soloist and continuo player and has performed with Long & Away, Exsultemus, L’Academie, Les Délices, The Buxtehude Consort and Cambridge Concentus (with whom she toured Japan under the direction of Joshua Rifkin). She is also a founding member and co-artistic director of Consort Conspiracy, with whom she will be directing the masque Cupid & Death in April.
Weiss is the daughter of HWS English Professor David Weiss and the late HWS English Professor Deborah Tall.