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Sonnambula. Photo by Paula Lobo.

Performer and musicologist Elizabeth Weinfield (Juilliard) and celebrated opera director Elena Araoz (Princeton University) collaborate on an evening of music and performance that takes place throughout the Threads of Power exhibition, with selections that explore the mathematical and aesthetic dimensions of lace through the lens of history, gender, and labor.

Visitors will be led through the gallery, floor by floor, with time to explore between musical interludes. This is a timed experience—visitors will have the opportunity to return to the gallery to explore at their own pace on a future date.

Elizabeth Weinfield is a professor of musicology at the Juilliard School. Her research explores the relationships among gender, performance, and material culture in the early modern period. She holds a PhD in historical musicology from the Graduate Center, CUNY, and a Master of Music from Oxford. As artistic director of the ensemble, Sonnambula (recently ensemble-in-residence at the Met Cloisters), she has designed site-specific concerts at museums around the country. Her recording of the music of seventeenth-century composer, Leonora Duarte, on Centaur Records won the American Musicological Society’s Jewish studies award in 2019. She is working on her first book, a monograph on Duarte that investigates music’s role in the convergence of business and culture in the early modern domestic space.

Elena Araoz directs and writes theater, opera, and multimedia performance with productions spanning Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York City Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Cherry Lane Theatre, McCarter Theatre, Prague Shakespeare, New York Theatre Workshop Next Door, Oregon Symphony, Audible, Bucharest International, Brooklyn Philharmonic, PEN America, La MaMa, Anna Deavere Smith’s Institute on the Arts and Civic Dialogue, to name a few, and helped dramaturg Senator Bill Bradley’s Rolling Along. The New York Times has praised Araoz’s productions as “striking,” “primal,” “wild,” “stirring,” and “refreshingly natural.” She is the producing artistic director of the theater and music theater season at Princeton University.

Additional Credits
This evening’s music is performed on period instruments by Sonnambula.

Jude Ziliak, violin
Elizabeth Weinfield, tenor viol/direction
Amy Domingues, tenor viol
Caroline Nicolas, bass viol
Kevin Payne, theorbo
Nola Richardson, soprano