Capitol Hill Music Festival: “ITALIAN CANZONAS”

Capitol Hill Music Festival: “ITALIAN CANZONAS”

time 1:00 pm

August 12, 2018


For the second year the Capitol Hill Chamber Music Festival is delighted to bring rarely-heard 17th-century chamber music to St. Ignatius Church, performed by period instrument specialists from the Baltimore-Washington area and around the country. We’re now an affiliate organization of Early Music America.

“…A brilliant performance…eloquently played…a fine sense of dialogue
that is close to the essence of chamber music…” [Reilly Lewis, Jeffrey Cohan and John Moran]
                 — Joseph McLellan, THE WASHINGTON POST

The eighteenth annual Capitol Hill Chamber Music Festival presents prominent period instrument specialists from the Baltimore-Washington area and beyond, including baroque and renaissance bassoonist Anna Marsh, Pershing’s Own US Army Orchestra violinist Marlisa Woods, Peabody Conservatory of Music early music program director violinist Risa Browder and artistic director and flutist Jeffrey Cohan.

The Capitol Hill Chamber Music Festival is proud to be a new affiliate organization of Early Music America, which develops, strengthens, and celebrates early music and historically informed performance in North America.

The suggested donation (a free will offering) is $20 or $25. Everyone 18 years of age and under is free. Pay-as-you-wish tickets are available through Brown Paper Tickets at For further information and advance tickets the public may see

•  ITALIAN 4-PART CANZONAS • 1580-1630
Sunday afternoon, August 12 at 1:00 PM
– Marlisa del Cid Woods, violin
– Risa Browder,  viola
– Anna Marsh, dulcian (renaissance bassoon)
– Jeffrey Cohan, baroque flute
– at St. Ignatius Church at 740 N. Calvert Street in Baltimore

About the Performers:

MARLISA DEL CID WOODS is highly acclaimed as a solo artist, chamber musician, and orchestral violinist. She joined Pershing’s Own United States Army Orchestra in 2000 upon completion of her Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Her versatility in different styles has been featured in many of the world’s leading venues – from Bluegrass at the White House to Brahms Double Concerto at the Kennedy Center. Ms. Woods has performed with the Cleveland Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, Concert Artists of Baltimore, Alexandria Symphony, National Gallery Orchestra, Canton Symphony, Youngstown Symphony, and the Erie Philharmonic. As a baroque violinist, she has performed with Washington Bach Consort, National Cathedral Baroque Orchestra, Bach Sinfonia, Apollo’s Fire, Opera Lafayette, Harmonious Blacksmith, and the Vivaldi Project. Ms. Woods can be heard on the Eclectra , Lyrichord, and Dorian labels. Her most recent recording with the Bach Sinfonia and acclaimed lutenist Ronn McFarlane was selected as CD pick of the week by WETA 90.9FM radio.

WILLIAM SIMMS, lute, theorbo & guitar, is an active performer of early music performing on guitar, lute and theorbo. He appears appears regularly with the Bach Sinfonia and performs with Apollo’s Fire, Harmonious Blacksmith, Olde Friends Concert Artists and the Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado. He has performed numerous operas, canatatas and oratorios with such ensembles as Cleveland Opera, the Baltimore Consort, Opera Lafayette, Opera Vivente, American Opera Theatre and the Washington National Opera. Venues include The National Cathedral, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, The Library of Congress, The Corcoran Gallery, Wolftrap and The Kennedy Center. This past summer Simms performed in Handel’s Alcina at Wolftrap. He received a Bachelor of Music degree from the College of Wooster and a Master of Music degree from the Peabody Conservatory and serves on the faculties of Towson University, Mt. St. Mary’s University, Interlochen Arts Camp as well as Hood College, where he is founder and director of the Hood College Early Music Ensemble. He has recorded for the Dorian, Centaur and Eclectra labels.

Baroque bassoonist ANNA MARSH plays Renaissance, Baroque, Classical and Modern double‐reeds and recorders.  Originally from Tacoma, WA, Anna appears regularly with many of the most important orchestras and ensembles performing early orchestral and chamber music around the country.  She has been the featured soloist with the Foundling Orchestra with Marion Verbruggen, Arion Orchestre Baroque, The Buxtehude Consort, The Dryden Ensemble, The Indiana University Baroque Orchestra and others.  She co-directs Ensemble Lipzodes and has taught both privately and at festivals and master classes at the Eastman School of Music, Los Angeles Music and Art School, the Amherst Early Music, and Hawaii Performing Arts Festivals and the Albuquerque, San Francisco Early Music Society and Western Double Reed Workshop.  She has also been heard on Performance Today, Harmonia and CBC radio and recorded for Chandos, Analekta, Centaur, Naxos, the Super Bowl, Avie, and Musica Omnia.  Marsh has studied music and German studies at Mt. Holyoke College, The Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California and Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University.

RISA BROWDER studied baroque and modern violinat Oberlin Conservatory with Marilyn McDonald, and continued her studies at the Royal College of Music in London with Catherine Mackintosh, and then at the School Cantorum in Basel, Switzerland with Jaap Schroeder. After nearly a decade of playing and recording with period-instrument groups in London and Europe, such as the Academy of Ancient Music, English Concert, and the Purcell Quartet, she returned with her young family to the United States, and settled into the Washington, DC area, where she and her husband, cellist John Moran, were at the forefront of the area’s burgeoning Historical Performance scene and founded the ensemble Modern Musick. She has been a key player on violin, viola, and viola d’amore with many other ensembles, including Folger Consort, Washington Bach Consort, the National Cathedral Baroque Orchestra, and REBEL. Reviewing a Folger Consort concert of early Italian music, the Washington Post called her violin playing “flavorful and expressive”. Risa has become passionate about playing viols, especially consort music. Since 2006 she leads middle school and high school orchestras at H-B Woodlawn Secondary Program in Arlington, Virginia. Risa has taught Baroque violin and viola at the Peabody Conservatory since 2004; the following year she and her husband John Moran founded the Baltimore Baroque Band, Peabody’s period-instrument, conductor-less orchestra, hailed as “technically polished, rich in color and refined nuances” by Tim Smith in the Baltimore Sun.

Flutist JEFFREY COHAN has performed as soloist in 25 countries on transverse flutes from the Renaissance through the present, and has won the Erwin Bodky Award in Boston and the top prize in the Flanders Festival International Concours Musica Antiqua in Brugge, Belgium. He has premiered many concerti and other works by Slovenian and American composers and directs the Capitol Hill Chamber Music Festival, the Black Hawk Chamber Music Festival in Illinois and Iowa and the Salish Sea Early Music Festival in the Pacific Northwest.