Thursday Concerts@ St. Anne': Elán Ensemble
The Élan Ensemble performs music from the 17th 19th centuries in historic venues, bringing modern audiences into the spirit of the musical and social world of past eras. Elissa Edwards and Dr. Anastasia Pike specialize in creating thematic concerts through the use of original editions and historical performance practices such as ornamentation and expressive gesture. Each concert is a unique sensory experience, as their programs intersect with the art, culture, politics and philosophy of the times.
Élan Ensembles debut album for commercial release, Jane Austens Songbook Songs & Arias from Miss Austens Personal Collection will be released this year and followed shortly by their second album, An English Christmas. They are enjoying a busy year of concerts at universities and historic houses throughout the East Coast to mark Miss Austens bicentennial celebration and were recently featured at the 2017 American Harp Society Summer Institute.
Elissa Edwards, award-winning soprano, specializes in music primarily of the 17th and 18th centuries, and her performances bring to light underperformed, yet stunning works from these periods. She is the co-founder and Creative Director of the Élan Ensemble. Ms. Edwards began her training at Houston Grand Opera and obtained her performance degrees from University of York, England (MA) and Boston University (BA), where she studied under Martin Pearlman of Boston Baroque and Peter Seymour of Yorkshire Baroque Soloists, with additional studies at the Royal College of Music, London. She currently studies with Dr. Julianne Baird.
In addition to chamber music performances, she is also a sacred music specialist and has been the featured concert soloist in many oratorio and cantata performances in the US and UK. (elissaedwards.com)
Anastasia Pike, harpist, enjoys a multi-faceted career as a performer and educator. Dr. Pike has performed in venues including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and the Kennedy Center. She co-founded the Sprezzatura Duo, which commissions and premiers new works, most recently at the 2016 American Harp Societys (AHS) National Conference. She also co-founded the Elán Ensemble, that presented Jane Austens Songbook at the 2017 AHS Summer Institute.
Dr. Pike received her doctorate from Columbia University and has masters degrees from the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University, Pensacola Theological Seminary, and the University of Maryland. She completed additional studies at the Julliard School and, upon personal invitation, the Salzedo School. She is also a faculty member at the Teachers College of Columbia University, the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University, and Christopher Newport University. Dr. Pike serves as President of the Washington, D.C. chapter of the American Harp Society. (Annapike.com)