An ensemble based in New York City, Galileo’s Daughters was founded in 2001 and inspired by the lives and works of Galileo Galilei, his daughter, Maria Celeste, and the musicians and scientists of their time. Sarah Pillow, soprano, and Mary Anne Ballard, viola da gamba, along with special guests, tell their stories by connecting science with the arts, human thought and faith with intriguing and compelling programs.
Galileo’s Daughters has performed throughout the United States and Canada at universities, music festivals and special gatherings of the scientific community.
Shaped by a variety of talents in early music, opera, jazz, drama, and scholarship, the programs presented by Galileo’s Daughters are an entertaining window into one of the most exciting periods in the history of western civilization.
Sarah Pillow soprano
Mary Anne Ballard viola da gamba
Dava Sobel storyteller
Ronn McFarlane lute
Marc Wagnon video artist
Daniel Swenberg lute
Peter Stewart bass
David Root tenor
John Mark Rozendaal viola da gamba
James Waldo viola da gamba