The Good Pennyworths are Garald Farnham (lutes, baritone, upper right), Erika Lloyd (soprano, upper left), Alane Marco (soprano lower right) and Daniel Molkentin (tenor lower left). Lutenist Garald Farnham gathered these talented performers together in the summer of 2007 to explore songs for Renaissance lute. Since then, their playful approach to this music has been a hit with their New York audiences. Though young as a collaborative ensemble, they bring a combined depth of over 60 years of study and experience in early music and theatre. The Good Pennyworths recently participated in the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance’s Uptown Arts Stroll, and are concluding their first-ever tour with this performance for the LSA. They look forward to recording a CD this summer.
Garald Farnham (Lutes, Baritone) has entertained children and adults on four continents with his Renaissance spirit and song. He began collecting and studying lute songs in his 20s, while performing them in Shakespeare’s plays as an actor. For 15 years, Garald studied lute with renowned lutenist Patrick O’Brien. He spent years entertaining theatergoers outside the Delacorte Theatre in Central Park. He has served as Musical Director for Twelfth Night and The Merchant of Venice at Pennsylvania Shakespeare, The Tempest at North Shore Music Theatre and The Winter’s Tale Off-Off-Broadway. Garald holds a music degree from the Capital University Conservatory of Music and currently serves as Treasurer of the LSA. He founded the non-profit Merry Minstrels, Inc. to keep this music alive and to bring its humor to modern ears.
Erika Lloyd (Soprano) is a graduate of the Indiana University School of Music with a Bachelors degree in Voice Performance – Early Music. She was a featured soloist in groups such as Pro Arte and has performed in numerous recitals including the Palais Corbelli in Vienna and has recently moved to NYC to begin her professional career. She is the soprano section leader and soloist at the Union Church of Bay Ridge, a featured soloist at the First Unitarian Church of Brooklyn Heights, and the lead singer/co-composer/trumpet player for the jazz-influenced rock ensemble Little Grey Girlfriend.
Alane Marco (Soprano) holds an MFA from the Yale University School of Drama, where she studied voice with YSM’s Martha Oneppo and performed comic roles for the Yale Cabaret. With College Light Opera Company on Cape Cod she sang lead and ensemble roles in 18 light operas and musicals. In Washington DC she was a scholarship winner at the Levine School of Music and member of its Opera Workshop, was a founding member of Polyhymnia, a 16-voice classical ensemble, and sang in concerts and recitals around the DC area. She studied acting at Studio Theatre and The Shakespeare Theatre, originated Fanny Dashwood in the musical Sense and Sensibility for the Jane Austin Society, and sang in recitals at the National Endowment for the Arts. In New York she has sung Puck (Oberon) and Third Lady (Magic Flute) for Opera Nova, new works by composer Susan Stoderl, served as Assistant Director for Opera Nova’s Carmen, and sang in Voice & Vision’s production of four tenth-century plays at The Cloisters. For 13 years, she worked as a theatrical manager and marketer at regional theatres and on and Off-Broadway, and is delighted by this sudden renaissance of her performing career. She also studies graphic design at FIT.
Daniel Molkentin (Tenor) Since graduating from Mannes College of Music in 2006 Daniel has done extensive concert work in New York, New Jersey and Boston, performing music from the standard repertoire as well as works by living composers. Over the past six years he has collaborated with numerous orchestras and choruses, such as Bach Society of Columbia, the Berkshire Choral Festival, Ars Musica, Westchester Chorale, and Monmouth Civic Chorus. Daniel formed the Janus Duo with guitarist Paul Smith in order to expand the repertoire for voice and guitar by finding, commissioning and performing new and unknown works. In February Daniel was a participant in the BachWoche with Helmut Rilling at the Bach Akademie in Stuttgart, Germany. This June he will be performing Schubert’s “Winterreise” with pianist Nicholas Fox, as well as touring with the Good Pennyworths.
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