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Ms. Ballard has taught viola da gamba and directed early music ensembles at the University of Pennsylvania, Princeton University, and the Peabody Conservatory, and she is currently on the faculty of the summer Oberlin Baroque Performance Institute. In New York, she is Music Director for the recent production of the 12th-century Play of Daniel, with performances at The Cloisters and Trinity Wall Street Church.

Dava Sobel, a former New York Times science reporter, is the author of Longitude, Galileo's Daughter, The Planets and A More Perfect Heaven, which also contains the play And The Sun Stood Still. In her thirty years as a science journalist she has written for many magazines, including Discover and The New Yorker, served as a contributing editor to Harvard Magazine and Omni, and co-authored five books, including Is Anyone Out There? with astronomer Frank Drake. Her most recent work, A More Perfect Heaven, about sixteenth-century astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus, was written as a two-act play inserted between non-fiction narrative. The play was commissioned by Manhattan Theatre Club through the Alfred P. Sloan Initiative, and supported by a Fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Ms. Sobel is a lifetime member of the International Dark Sky Association and a volunteer Solar System Ambassador for NASA. As a result of The Planets, asteroid "30935 Davasobel" was named in her honor.

GRAMMY-nominated lutenist, Ronn McFarlane strives to bring the lute - the most popular instrument of the Renaissance - into today's musical mainstream and make it accessible to a wider audience.

He has toured throughout the United States, Canada and Europe with the Baltimore Consort and as a soloist.

McFarlane was a faculty member of the Peabody Conservatory from 1984 to 1995, teaching lute and lute-related subjects. He has over 30 recordings on the Dorian/Sono Luminus label, including solo albums, lute duets, flute & lute duets, lute songs, recordings with the Baltimore Consort, the complete lute music of Vivaldi, and Blame Not My Lute, a collection of Elizabethan lute music and poetry, with spoken word by Robert Aubry Davis.

Recently, Ronn has been engaged in composing new music for the lute, building on the tradition of the lutenist/composers of past centuries. His original compositions are the focus of his solo CD, Indigo Road, which received a GRAMMY Award Nomination for Best Classical Crossover Album in 2009. His CD release, One Morning, features "Ayreheart," a new ensemble brought together to perform Ronn's new music.

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