|Innovative, historically-informed and multi-cultural, HESPERUS’ collaborative artists perform a variety of programs designed to bring musical history alive including silent movie soundtracks of early and traditional music, musical portraits of a single culture through time, fusions of European early music with American traditional styles, and single-genre early music programs from medieval to Spanish and British Colonial music. Whatever the genre, HESPERUS performs with creative energy, technical assurance and a sense of fun.
Founded in 1979 by the late Scott Reiss and his wife Tina Chancey, HESPERUS has appeared throughout the US, Southeast Asia, Latin America and Europe, most recently at Kennedy Center, the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, Lincoln Center, the Carmel Bach Festival and the Cloisters, as well as at festivals in Italy, Germany, Indonesia and Bolivia. The ensemble can be heard in three recent Hallmark Channel specials (including the Emmy-nominated Patrick: Patron Saint of Ireland), the ﬁlm Sleepy Hollow, and on seventeen recordings on the Koch International, Dorian, Golden Apple and Maggie’s Music labels.
HESPERUS’ awards include the Elizabeth Campbell Award from the Arlington Chapter of the American Association of University Women, the Logan Prize for Excellence in Educational Programming, the Music and Humanity Award from Music at Gretna, seven Wammies, and the Baltimore Chamber Music Award.
Most recently, HESPERUS completed a Chamber Music America residency in Williamsburg, Virginia and will be an ensemble in residence at Gettysburg College this year, as well as a resident ensemble at the Roanoke Island Festival Park in the Outer Banks of North Carolina.