Monday, September 8, 2008

Renown lutenist Ronn McFarlane to perform at Classical Millennium

Classical Millennium is sponsoring a concert by lutenist Ronn McFarlane in celebration of his latest recording, Indigo Road, which is being released on the Dorian label. For this program, McFarlane will play a 30-minute set from the CD, and will talk about the influence of Baroque and Renaissance music on the new works that he writes for the lute.

The concert takes place from 3 to 4 pm on Saturday, September 13 at Classical Millennium (3144 East Burnside, Portland). The event is free!

McFarlane is a resident of Portland. Here is his bio from the press release:

Born in West Virginia, Mr. McFarlane spent his early years in the neighboring state of Maryland where he developed an interest in music at an early age. As a teenager, he taught himself to play on what he calls a "cranky sixteen dollar steel string guitar." He went on to develop his talent, and combined blues and rock music on the electric guitar with studies on the classical guitar. He graduated with honors from Shenandoah Conservatory and continued studies at Peabody Conservatory before turning his full attention and energy to the lute in 1978. The following year, Mr. McFarlane began to perform solo recitals on the lute and became a member of the Baltimore Consort. Since that time, he has toured extensively throughout the United States, Canada and Europe with the Baltimore Consort and as a soloist.

Mr. McFarlane was a faculty member of the Peabody Conservatory from 1984 to 1995, teaching lute and lute-related subjects. In 1996, Mr. McFarlane was awarded an honorary Doctorate from Shenandoah Conservatory for his achievements in bringing the lute and its music to the world.. He has numerous recordings on the Dorian label, including solo lute recordings, lute song recordings with Julianne Baird (soprano) and Frederick Urrey (tenor), CDs with the Baltimore Consort and ballad recordings with Custer LaRue and members of the Baltimore Consort.

Recently, Ronn McFarlane has been engaged in composing new music for the lute, building on the tradition of the lutenist/composers of the sixteenth, seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. This new music is the focus of his new solo CD, Indigo Road.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Your readers might be interested in a blog and audio review of Ronn McFarlane's original music and his non-traditional lute techniques.
It's in the Echoesblog: