Upcoming Lute Events

Hopkinson Smith to Present Elizabethan Music in Five Boston Area Concerts - November 30 through December 8, 2018

The Cambridge Society for Early Music (CSEM) is honored to present the renowned lutenist Hopkinson Smith on its Chamber Music by Candlelight series this season. The program is titled Mad Dog': Elizabethan Music for the Lute, by Dowland, Holborne, Johnson, and Byrd

Concert schedule:

Friday, 30 Nov., 8 PM, Weston, Congregational Church, 130 Newton St
Sunday, 2 Dec., 4:00 PM, Ipswich, Ascension Memorial Church, 31 County St.
Monday, 3 Dec., 7:30 PM, Cambridge, Christ Church, Zero Garden St.
Thursday, 6 Dec., 8 PM, Carlisle, First Religious Society, 27 School St.
Saturday, 8 Dec., 8 PM, Salem, Salem Athenaeum, 337 Essex St.

Smith will perform on an 8-course Renaissance lute made by Joel Van Lennep in 1974.

Tickets at the door (cash or check): $35 general admission |$30 seniors | $10 students. Prepaid tickets and information: www.csem.org
For more information call: 617-489-2062


Big Rapids, Michigan Lute Gathering - February 11, 2019

Lute players of all types are invited to get together on Monday, 11 February, 2019 in the Lower Gallery of Artworks, located at 106 North Michigan Avenue, in Big Rapids, Michigan. Event begins at 9:00 am with a discussion of "best practices" and go to lunch at 12:00. Then select and rehearse ensemble pieces during the afternoon. Anyone  who might like to perform at 5:00 pm is  welcome to play a solo of their choice or join the ensemble. Activities will conclude at 6:30pm. All are invited to call me, George Arndt at (231) 557-1610 or by email at george.arndt@hotmail.com


Amherst Early Music - "Spring Break" workshop in Washington, D.C. - March 16 & 17, 2019

"INNER VOICES -- DOWLAND THE POLYPHONIST "
Second Annual Spring Lute Ensemble D.C. Weekend Workshop Directed by Douglas Freundlich (Amherst Early Music Spring Break Workshop).

GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY, WASHINGTON D.C -  REGISTRATION OPENS DECEMBER 10TH, 2018

NEW ARRANGEMENTS OF DOWLAND FOR QUARTETS OF RENAISSANCE LUTES COME AND JOIN THE BAND TO PLAY SOME OF DOWLAND’S MOST SUBLIME MUSIC!

After a highly successful 2018 Amherst D.C. “Spring Break” weekend workshop for recorders, viols, and lutes, we are back again with an even better workshop for lutes in 2019, plus new and improved classrooms. Doug Freundlich, Chris Morrongiello, and Gail Gillispie will coach ensemble classes for both advanced and novice lute players. There will be a faculty concert on Saturday evening, and an all-workshop “grand finale” on Sunday.

The core project for the workshop will be Dowland’s cycle of seven Lachrimae pavans, newly intabulated by Doug Freundlich for lute band and transposed to G minor, the key preferred by Dowland in his own settings for solo lute. Until now, these pieces have been the exclusive province of our viola da gamba friends. The original lute accompaniments by Dowland are virtuosic, somewhat enigmatic, and difficult to play. But now, lutenists will have a chance to play the entire Lachrimae cycle -- “without tears”! Rounding out the workshop will be 5-part galliards from the Lachrimae book and several 4-part ayres. Participants will encounter some lovely inner voices often omitted in Dowland’s solo lute song settings. All arrangements will be in French tablature for tenor lutes, with options for treble, alto, or bass lutes if that’s what you want to play. Melodic interest and division work are distributed among all the parts.

See www.amherstearlymusic.org/spring_break_workshop


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