Duo

Elizabeth Baber (soprano) and Charles Weaver (lute) made their debut as a duo at the 2004 Baltimore Shake­speare Festival with a 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.

Charlie and Elizabeth married in 2008 and live in Connecticut with their four children.


Programs

Baltimore Shakespeare Festival, 2004

Ye Sacred Muses: The Musical Treasury of an English Catholic Gentleman
Sacred and secular music from 16th-c. England and the Continent, in arrangements from the Paston manuscripts
The Sorrowful Mysteries
16th- and 17th-century arias and cantatas on the subject of the Passion
Music in Elizabethan Catholic Households
Intabulations of works by Victoria, Byrd, Tallis, and Taverner; lutesongs by Dowland
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


Charles Weaver is on the faculty of the Juilliard School, where he teaches historical plucked instruments and Baroque music theory. He was music director for Cavalli’s La Calisto with New York’s Dell’Arte Opera in summer 2017, when The Observer remarked on “the superb baroque band led by Charles Weaver . . . it was amazing to hear what warm and varied sounds he coaxed from the ensemble.” He has served as assistant conductor for Juilliard Opera and has accompanied operas with the Yale Baroque Opera Project and the Boston Early Music Festival. As an orchestral musician, he has performed with the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Virginia Symphony. His chamber appearances have included Quicksilver, Piffaro, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Folger Consort, Apollo’s Fire, Blue Heron, Musica Pacifica, and others. He also works with the New York Continuo Collective, an ensemble that mounts workshop productions of seventeenth-century vocal music. He has taught at the Lute Society of America Summer Workshop, the International Baroque Institute at Longy, and the Madison Early Music Festival. He is the schola director at St. Mary’s Church in Norwalk, Connecticut, and he is pursuing a doctoral degree in music theory at the City University of New York.