Experience the music of the Renaissance when the Academy of Early Music presents Ronn McFarlane & Paul O’Dette. Performances are Friday, Nov. 11 at the Congregational Church of Birmingham, located in Bloomfield Hills, and Saturday, Nov. 12 at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Ann Arbor.
The lute was the most beloved solo instrument of the Renaissance, and lutenists often doubled the pleasure by performing as duos. A large repertoire of exciting lute duets survives from throughout Europe, with the pinnacle of this art in Italy and England. The leading duet performers cultivated a style where the two players challenged each other by trading passages back and forth with increasingly dazzling feats of virtuosity. This colorfully varied program consists of dances, fantasias, ornamented madrigals, and exciting variations on popular ballad tunes.
Friday: Bloomfield Hills
Congregational Church of Birmingham
1000 Cranbrook Road, Bloomfield Hills
Saturday: Ann Arbor
St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church
306 N. Division Street, Ann Arbor