7:30pm Pre-concert talk with the artists
The lute was the most beloved solo instrument of the Renaissance, but lutenists often doubled the pleasure by performing as duos. A large repertoire of exciting lute duets survives from throughout Europe, but the pinnacle of this art was achieved in Italy and England. The leading performers of the time cultivated a style of duets in which the two players challenged each other by trading passages back and forth with increasingly dazzling feats of virtuosity. This colorfully varied program consists of dances, fantasias, ornamented madrigals, and virtuoso variations on popular ballad tunes. The high art of dueling lutes!
GRAMMY-nominated lutenist, Ronn McFarlane strives to bring the lute'the most popular instrument of the Renaissance'into todays musical mainstream. Since taking up the lute in 1978, Ronn has made his mark in music as the founder of Ayreheart, a founding member of the Baltimore Consort, touring in the US, Canada, England, Scotland, Netherlands, Germany and Austria, and as a guest artist with Apollos Fire, The Bach Sinfonia, The Catacoustic Consort, The Folger Consort, Houston Grand Opera, and many others.
Few instrumentalists establish themselves with such firm authority as Paul O'Dette has on the lute. In fact, one writer described him as "the clearest case of genius ever to touch his instrument." In 1976, he became director of early music at the Eastman School of Music and has appeared on over 100 recordings, some with such prestigious company as Christopher Hogwood, Jordi Savall, Trevor Pinnock, and Gustav Leonhardt.
"The two proved a beautiful match, seamless in their exchanges and well balanced." ~ The New York Times