Ronn McFarlane and Mindy Rosenfeld
Music for Lute and Flute
Friday, March 21, 8:00 PM
Saturday, March 22, 8:00 PM
One of the most outstanding lutenists performing today, Ronn McFarlane strives to bring the transcendent charm and timeless quality of the lute into the musical mainstream. He has over 25 recordings on the Dorian label, including the critically acclaimed Indigo Road, which was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Classical Crossover Album.
A founding member of the critically acclaimed Baltimore Consort and a member of San Francisco’s Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Mindy Rosenfeld has appeared regularly in Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival, the Berkeley Early Music Festival, BBC Proms, Carnegie Hall, and the Concertgebouw.
Grammy-nominated lutenist Ronn McFarlane and flutist Mindy Rosenfeld return to the Academy’s series with a new program featuring music from their most recent CD release.
Ronn McFarlane and Mindy Rosenfeld, 2012>
Ronn McFarlane and Mindy Rosenfeld, 2009
Ronn McFarlane: Indigo Road
Ronn McFarlane: Cathedral Cave
"McFarlane, for his part, is a master lutenist who's seemingly distilled countless influences and yet maintained the uniqueness of his instrument. He played 450-year old John Dowland pieces as well as his own compositions with a casual intensity that belies his rythmic style. And anyone impressed with the dexterity required by speed rock ought to see what Mr. McFarlane does when he flashes his fingers across the fretboard of a stout lute. Little wonder his performance received a standing ovation." — The Wall Street Journal
“...the most moving performance of Dowland's Lachrimae (Tears) that I have heard in 40 years of loving that music." — The Washington Post
“The songs posess a timeless charm and pith that are captured with effortless grace by the remarkable lutenist Ronn McFarlane" — Time
“His intense concentration, technical prowess and rapport with the audience showed that, in time, he could become the Segovia of the lute" — Chicago Tribune
“Flautist Mindy Rosenfeld and principal cellist Robert Howard provided a particularly pretty exchange in the Polonaise, in which they and the rest of the ensemble discovered devilish delight in the details of Baroque ornamentation….the Suite’s famous final movement, the Badinerie, was delivered fresh by the flute, the strings responding in similarly zesty spirit.” — San Francisco Classical Voice