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Flute and lute: Concert of duets to wrap up FPC Arts Series

March 31st, 2014 2:58 pm by Entertainment Staff

Flute and lute: Concert of duets to wrap up FPC Arts Series

First Presbyterian Church of Bristol, Tenn., will wrap up its 2013-2014 Arts Series on Sunday, April 6 with a concert of duets presented by flutist Mindy Rosenfeld and lutenist Ronn McFarlane.

The concert will be held at 3 p.m. in the church sancuary.

Rosenfeld and McFarlane have been musical colleagues since 1979, as founding members of the Baltimore Consort. Their work as a duo is included on the Grammy-nominated recordings "Indigo Road" (Ronn McFarlane), "One Morning" (Ronn McFarlane & Ayreheart), "The Baltimore Consort Live in Concert" and "Gut, Wind and Wire (The Baltimore Consort)."

In concert, they offer a wide variety of Renaissance, Baroque, Celtic and original music for flute and lute.

Grammy-nominated lutenist 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, McFarlane spent his early years in Maryland. At the age of 13, upon hearing "Wipeout" by the Surfaris, he fell wildly in love with music and taught himself to play on a "cranky sixteen-dollar steel-string guitar."

McFarlane 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 following year, McFarlane began performing 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, he 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 30 recordings on the Dorian label, including solo albums, lute songs, recordings with the Baltimore Consort, the complete lute music of Vivaldi, and "Blame Not My Lute," a collection of Elizabethan lute music and poetry, with spoken word by Robert Aubry Davis.

Recently, McFarlane has been composing 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 nomination for Best Classical Crossover Album in 2009. His newest CD release, "One Morning," features Ayreheart, a new ensemble brought together to perform McFarlane's original music.

Fluent in the music of several eras, Rosenfeld is a founding member of the Baltimore Consort, with whom she tours extensively, and since 1989, of San Francisco's Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, with whom she has performed under director Nicholas McGegan and guest conductors William Christie, Jordi Savall, Gustav Leonhardt, Andrew Parrott, Andrew Manze, Bernard Labadie and Trevor Pinnock; recorded extensively; and appeared in the Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart Festival, the Berkeley Early Music Festival, BBC Proms (Royal Albert Hall), Concertgebouw (Amsterdam) and both Carnegie and Disney Halls.

She is principal flutist and soloist with both the Symphony of the Redwoods (California) and the Mendocino Music Festival (California).

As a guest artist, Rosenfeld has performed with Musica Angelica (Los Angeles), San Diego Bach Collegium, Catacoustic Consort (Cincinnati), Apollo's Fire (Cleveland), American Bach Soloists (San Francisco), Portland's Trinity Consort, Magnificat (San Francisco), the San Jose Symphonic Choir, San Francisco Bach Choir, Golden Gate Men's Choir, Ukiah Symphony (as soloist), Modesto Symphony, Santa Rosa Symphony and numerous other Bay Area ensembles.

The mother of five boys, she holds a bachelor of arts degree in flute performance from the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, Md., and a master's degree in modern and Baroque flute performance from San Francisco Conservatory.

She divides her time between performing, touring, teaching, dancing, her family and their garden.

First Presbyterian Church's Arts Series strives to share with the community events that enrich and inspire the lives of the people of Bristol and encourage the artistically gifted of the region and beyond.

Admission is a suggested donation of $15 for adults and $5 for students.

The church is located at 701 Florida Ave., just west of King University.

For more information, call the church at (423) 764-7176.

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