An Afternoon With Mignarda
November 17, 2013
Mignarda, American lute song duo Ron Andrico, lute, and Donna Stewart, mezzo-soprano, join the Sunday Parlor Concert Series at the Loring Greenough House, on Sunday, November 17, 2013, at 3:00 p.m., at the historic Loring-Greenough House, 12 South Street, Jamaica Plain MA. Mignarda's concert program offers a snapshot of their first ten years as a duo with music excerpted from their award-winning recording of 17th century French music, Divine Amarillis (2005), a sampling from their ninth and latest CD, John Dowland: A Pilgrimes Solace (April 2013), and a preview of current projects including music for voice and lute composed in the 21st century.
America's premiere professional lute song duo, Mignarda specializes in thoughtful programming that illuminates the vibrant mingling of renaissance music and poetry. Noted for awakening modern audiences to an appreciation for historical music, their work encompasses concertizing, teaching and recording, with 9 critically-acclaimed CDs. Mignarda's publications include a series of 12 music editions, many scholarly articles, reviews and the internationally-popular blog, Unquiet Thoughts. The couple met in a schola providing liturgical music for the Latin Tridentine Mass, and they continue their dedication to historical sacred and secular music. Based in forested upstate NY, Mignarda is currently celebrating their 10th year as a duo. For further information, visit http://www.mignarda.com.
Meet the artists at afternoon tea following the program.
The Sunday Afternoon at the ‘Greenough House series recreates the atmosphere of 18th and 19th century “musical afternoons” in the 1760 Loring-Greenough House, twice monthly, October to May. Tickets are available at the door: donation $15 ($10 seniors, students and JPTC members). Space is limited; reservations are suggested—call 617-524-3158 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Built in 1760, the Loring-Greenough House, a local landmark listed on the Massachusetts and National Registers of Historic Places, is located at 12 South Street (at the Civil War Monument) in Jamaica Plain, MA. It is owned and managed by the non-profit Jamaica Plain Tuesday Club, Inc. as a historic house museum and site for art and music presentations. The Loring-Greenough House is wheelchair accessible. For more information on the Loring-Greenough House, see www.loring-greenough.org.
For reservations or directions, call (617)524-3158, or email email@example.com.