Photo credit Randy Beach.

Photo credit Randy Beach.

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Founded and directed by Nicholas McGegan, Arcadian Academy takes its name from the original Accademia dell’Arcadia, which was founded in Rome as a society of artists, musicians and writers all dedicated to the reform of Italian culture. It claimed among its members Corelli and Alessandro Scarlatti, and featured Handel and Domenico Scarlatti among the performers at its concerts. The modern Arcadian, which currently includes as its core members Elizabeth Blumenstock and Lisa Weiss (violin), Phoebe Carrai (cello), David Tayler (lute and theorbo) and Nicholas McGegan (harpsichord), has performed throughout the United States and Europe and made several prize-winning recordings including works of Matteis, Uccelini and Purcell for HMU USA, and a series of cantatas by Alessandro Scarlatti for BMG, with soloists including David Daniels, Dominique Labelle and Christine Brandes.