Beautiful Irish and Welsh ballads are featured throughout the performance, depicting some of Britain’s most famous stories and people of old. Whether you like early music, theater, love songs, or lute solos, this program has something for you to enjoy.
Brian Kay is a modern-day troubadour. He has performed throughout the world at venues such as the National Concert Hall of Dublin, Belfast Castle (Ireland), Carnegie Hall, and the Kennedy Center. He is a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, arranger, traditional and historical music specialist, poet, painter and avid proponent of meditation. As a professor, Brian teaches at Cleveland Institute of Music and Case Western Reserve University. He has lectured on music and history at Yale University, The Peabody Conservatory, Johns Hopkins University, The Maltz Center, the Folger Theater, the Kennedy Center, and Baldwin-Wallace College. He was Artist in Residence at the Cushman School in Miami and has done outreach for elementary schools, middle schools, high schools, and prisons across the country.
He is the first Artistic Leadership Fellow of Apollo's Fire and, in 2019, won a Grammy Award for his work on their Songs of Orpheus recording. His live radio appearances include NPR, Baltimore's WYPR, Baltimore's 98ROCK, Boston's WGBH, and Cleveland's WCLV. Brian was the first featured artist in EMAg’s column Early To Rise and was the first of three soloists to be featured in the Lute Society of America’s Emerging Artist Series. He is a core member of Twa Corbies and Apollo's Fire, and regularly performs with Hesperus, The Folger Consort, Early Music Access Project, Trio Sefardi and is a founding member of the early music improvisation group Divisio.
This program is free of cost for NMM Members!
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