The second annual master course for Singing and Lute/Theorbo has been set for August 5-10 in beautiful Schwäbisch Gmünd. The city of Gmünd has very graciously nearly doubled the amount of the Hans Judenkünig Preis for the most improved course participant and, as with last year, the public concert to end the session will be held in the ca. 1590 Schwörsaal. Thecourseis open to singers, lutenists, theorbists, and continuo groups, not only students and professionals, but also serious amateurs are welcome.
I'm very happy to announce that I've been named the artistic director and manager of the first biannual Festival für Alte Musik Aalen (FAMA) by founders Dr. Sandra Röddiger and Dr. Ralf Kurek, as well as of the year-round chamber music series Kultur in der Villa Stütztel, also in Aalen. The festival ran from July 8 to July 15 and featured eight concerts with groups from Germany, Belgium, Italy and Austria (including the opening concert with yours truly). The festival was a great success and planning is already well underway for FAMA 2 in 2020.
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If you are attempting to reach my ensemble, Lux et Umbrae, please follow this link. www.luxetumbrae.org. In 2018 we gave repeat performances of Johann Ernst Galliard's Hymn of Adam and Eve Vienna and Ostrava. This year we will be performing the music of Barbara Strozzi in honour of her 400th birthday. Longer term, we are planning, as our first full-length dramatic work, Pietro Torri's dramatic oratorio Abramo. Here is a recording of a recent performance of the duet "Pur ti miro" from Claudio Monteverdi's L'incoronazione di Poppea with guest soprano Annette Fischer.
In the recent years, I have fallen in love again (the first time was as a student) with the lute song, a repertoire that, in my earlier, more operatic period, I had little occasion to explore. Here is a clip of a live performance at Boston University's Marsh Chapel on February 28, 2014 with Victor Coelho playing lute.
There are also a number of other performances which I hope you take the time to experience, especially a performance of 'Lascia ch'io pianga' from Handel's Rinaldo at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam with Concerto d'Amsterdam and Elizabeth Wallfisch.