Case Western Reserve University will host the 2014 Lute Society of America’s Summer Seminar and Lute Festival June 22-27. The seminar will explore the lute from every angle and the events will feature a distinguished faculty of lute performers, musicological specialists, and vocal coaches. The faculty includes Paul Beier, Eduardo Egüez, soprano Ellen Hargis, Grant Herreid, Jakob Lindberg, Nigel North, Pat O’Brien, luthier Andy Rutherford, Crawford Young, and The Venere Lute Quartet – Douglas Freundlich, Gail Gillispie, Christopher Morrongiello, and Phillip Rukavina.The 2014 Patrick O’Brien Lecturer is lutenist Richard Stone.
This year, the Seminar performance project will be, The Courtier and the Queen: Elizabeth I and her Favorites. Many poems penned by the Virgin Queen’s favorite courtiers were set to music in the lute song books that flourished at the end of her reign and after her death. This program, directed by Grant Herreid, traces her relations with Philip Sydney, Walter Raleigh, Henry Lee, and Robert Devereux, expressed in lute longs, ballads, madrigals and dances, in settings by John Dowland, Thomas Morley, Tobias Hume, John Bartlett, Anthony Holborne, and others. arranged for lute ensemble. Open to singers by audition, and players of all sizes of lute, bandora, cittern, viol, and Renaissance winds. The production is co-directed by Grant Herreid and Ellen Hargis.
Pat O’Brien Lecture Series: “Lute music of the German high Baroque: rhetoric, structure and decoration.” Richard Stone, 2014 lecturer.
The LSA Summer Seminar will take place on the beautiful campus of Case Western Reserve University, located in Cleveland, Ohio. The week will be filled with a variety of courses and concerts sure to satisfy lutenists of every interest and at any level of development.