Mignarda lute song duo
Cleveland & Kent, Ohio
Venue Address (Get Directions)Center For The Arts of Homer
Date and Time
Thursday, May 23rd, 2013 at 6:30pm
Lutenist Ron Andrico has been a professional performer of historical music and music in theatre for more than 30 years, discovering the lute while completing a degree in composition. He promptly divested himself of all modern musical trappings and set about researching the context and subtleties of early music. His research has led to publication of a growing series of important music editions and scholarly articles that have to do with identifying, elucidating and performing the sources of 16th century lute music. Andrico's publications also include an exhaustive errata list for the complete works for lute by John Johnson (Editions Orphee) in conjunction with noted Harvard musicologist, John Ward; several articles identifying new concordances published by the Lute Society (UK) and by the Lute Society of America, for which he served as a director from 2000-2002. In addition to his 7 editions of historical music for voice and lute, he has edited and published the original lute solos of virtuoso lutenist Ronn McFarlane.
Mezzo soprano Donna Stewart apprenticed with a schola cantorum for more than a decade, singing Gregorian chant and polyphony from the middle ages onward in its liturgical context. Drawing on this unique experience, she has developed an understanding of the use and form of historical sacred music, which lies at the very heart of early music. Known for her warm and crystalline delivery of text, Stewart has performed and recorded on the Koch and Onda labels with Apollo’s Fire, Cleveland’s renowned baroque orchestra, and is recognized as having the ideal voice for renaissance lute song and crossover folk styles.
Together, the duo specialize in performing music that resides in the grey zone between folk and art music, with interpretations that follow the renaissance ideal of 'moving the passions' of the listener.