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Callisto Ascending is devoted to the vibrant exploration of the familiar and forgotten chamber music repertoire for period instruments and voices. The group has given concerts and master classes at venues including the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center, the Staller Center for the Arts at SUNY Stony Brook, and Second Presbyterian Church and the Church of St. Edward the Martyr in New York.
Callisto Ascending was awarded a grant from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council to support an artist residency in autumn 2008 with the New Amsterdam Boys and Girls Choir.
The New York Times reviewed of our appearance in Gotham Early Music Scene's 2008 Times Center Showcase. "Callisto Ascending devoted its set to works celebrating the Virgin, most notably a lovely account of Purcell’s 'Tell Me, Some Pitying Angel,' in a passionate, almost operatic reading by Katharine Dain, the soprano. In another Purcell work, 'O dive custos,' as well as in Couperin’s 'Regina coeli laetare,' and a 17th-century oddity, 'O quam bonus es,' by Chiara Margarita Cozzolani, Ms. Dain and Laur[ie] Rubin, a mezzo-soprano, blended comfortably and projected with clarity and the kind of shaping that seemed rooted in the emotional currents of the texts."