Tribute to Judith Davidoff

On Sunday, 9/20, I volunteered at a benefit for Gotham Early Music Scene (GEMS), which featured a tribute to viol player Judith Davidoff, honoring her years of service to early music in NYC. Judith has founded and played in numerous early music groups, including the NY Consort of Viols, a group I’ve had the pleasure of singing with several times. (Coincidentally, on Friday I had just been to NYPL’s Performing Arts library, where I had listened to a 1972 Waverly Consort album of the Cantigas de Santa Maria—some of which I’m working on—and there Judith was on the cover (and playing beautifully on the LP), along with Jan DeGaetani, among others.) It was great to meet and work with some of the behind-the-scenes people involved with GEMS, which, among other things, supports the production of the Play of Daniel that I’m in. (Daniel returns to Trinity Church’s Twelfth Night Festival in January 2016.) The evening was a wonderful celebration of Judith’s contributions. Plus I wound up leading a singalong—about the viola da gamba, naturally—with noted soprano Sheila Schonbrun (aka Judith’s favorite singer)!

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