Sat., April 27, 2019

April 27, 2019 7:30 pm at Kennewick First Presbyterian Church

Paul O’Dette
Ronn McFarlane

Paul O’Dette website
Ronn McFarlane website


For Two Lutes: Virtuoso Duets from Italy and England

Saltarello & Piva                          Joanambrosio Dalza (pub. 1508)
Contrapunto Primo                     Vincenzo Galilei (c. 1520-1591)
Canzona Prima à doi liutti unisoni          Claudio Merulo/ arr. Giovanni Antonio Terzi (pub. 1593)
Passacaglia                                    Alessandro Piccinini   (1566-1638)
Toccata à dui Liuti                        Alessandro Piccinini


Dreweries accordes        Anonymous (c.1600)  
Galliard after Laveche                    Anonymous
De la Tromba Pavin                         Anonymous
The Earl of Essex Galliard            John Dowland  (1563-1626)
A Fancy                                            John Danyel (1564-after 1625)
Fantasie #7                                       John Dowland 
Chi Passa                                          John Johnson (? - 1594)

Program Notes (PDF)

About the Musicians

Paul O'Dette,

“…should I come to meet Saint Peter at the pearly gates, I hope he will say, ‘Welcome, good and faithful servant! By the way, be sure to hear Paul O’Dette—he’s leading the angel band.’” Early Music America

Paul O'Dette has been described as “the clearest case of genius ever to touch his instrument.” (Toronto Globe and Mail) One of the most influential figures in his field, O'Dette has helped define the technical and stylistic standards to which twenty-first-century performers of early music aspire. In doing so, he helped infuse the performance practice movement with a perfect combination of historical awareness, idiomatic accuracy, and ambitious self-expression.

Paul O'Dette has made more than 140 recordings, winning two Grammys, seven Grammy nominations and numerous other international record awards. “The Complete Lute Music of John Dowland” (a 5-CD set for harmonia mundi usa), was awarded the prestigious Diapason D'or de l'année, while “The Royal Lewters” received the Diapason D’or, a Choc du Monde de la Musique, a 5-star rating in BBC Music Magazine, 5-star rating in Goldberg and a perfect score of 10 from “The Bachelar’s Delight: Lute Music of Daniel Bacheler” was nominated for a GRAMMY in 2006 as “Best Solo Instrumental Recording.”

Mr. O'Dette is also active conducting Baroque operas. His recent recording of Charpentier’s La Descente d’Orphée aux Enfers with the Boston Early Music Festival Chamber Ensemble won a GRAMMY for “Best Opera Recording of 2014,” as well as an Echo Klassik Award in the same category. In 1997 he began a collaboration with Stephen Stubbs, co-directing performances of Baroque operas, beginning with Luigi Rossi's L'Orfeo at Tanglewood, the Boston Early Music Festival (BEMF) and the Drottningholm Court Theatre in Sweden. Since 1999 they have co-directed performances of Cavalli's Ercole Amante at the Boston Early Music Festival, Tanglewood, and the Utrecht Early Music Festival, Provenzale's La Stellidaura Vendicata at the Vadstena Academy in Sweden, Monteverdi's Orfeo and L'Incoronazione di Poppea for Festival Vancouver, Lully's Thésée, Conradi’s Ariadne (Hamburg, 1691) Mattheson’s Boris Goudenow, Lully’s Psyché, Monteverdi’s Poppea and Ulisse, Handel’s Acis and Galatea, Steffani’s Niobe _andHandel’s Almira for the Boston Early Music Festival. Their recording of _Ariadne was nominated for a GRAMMY as “Best Opera Recording of 2005,” Thésée  in 2007 and Psyché in 2008. Their most recent opera recording, Niobe, was awarded a Diapason D’or de l’année, Echo Klassik Award, the Jahrespreis der Deutschenschallplattenkritik, and was nominated for this year’s Grammys. Paul O'Dette has guest directed numerous Baroque orchestras and opera productions on both sides of the Atlantic.

In addition to his activities as a performer, Paul O'Dette is an avid researcher, having worked extensively on the performance and sources of seventeenth-century Italian and English solo song, continuo practices and lute music. He has published numerous articles on issues of historical performance practice and co-authored the Dowland entry in the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians.

Paul O'Dette is Professor of Lute and Director of Early Music at the Eastman School of Music and Artistic Director of the Boston Early Music Festival.

Ronn McFarlane

GRAMMY­nominated lutenist, Ronn McFarlane strives to bring the lute ­ the most popular instrument of the Renaissance ­ into today’s musical mainstream and make it accessible to a wider audience.

Born in West Virginia, Ronn grew up in Maryland. At thirteen, upon hearing “Wipeout” by the Surfaris, he fell madly in love with music and taught himself to play on a “cranky sixteen­dollar steel string guitar.” Ronn kept at it, playing blues and rock music on the electric guitar while studying classical guitar.  He graduated with honors from Shenandoah Conservatory and continued guitar studies at Peabody Conservatory before turning his full attention and energy to the lute in 1978.  The next year, Mr. McFarlane began to perform solo recitals on the lute and became a member of the Baltimore Consort. Since then, he has toured throughout the United States, Canada and Europe with the Baltimore Consort and as a soloist.

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 of Music from Shenandoah Conservatory for his achievements in bringing the lute and its music to the world.  He has over 35 recordings on the Dorian/Sono Luminus label, including solo albums, lute duets, flute & lute duets, lute songs, the complete lute music of Vivaldi, a collection of Elizabethan lute music and poetry, and recordings with the Baltimore Consort.

Ronn has composed new music for the lute, building on the tradition of the lutenist/composers of past centuries.  His original compositions are the focus of his solo CD, Indigo Road, which received a GRAMMY Award Nomination for Best Classical Crossover Album of 2009.  In 2010 Ronn founded Ayreheart, an ensemble brought together to perform new compositions as well as early music. Ayreheart’s first CD release, One Morning, consists of all­original music by Ronn McFarlane.  Ayreheart’s 2016 release, Barley Moon, blends folk music and art music from Renaissance and Medieval England, Scotland and Wales.