Current Program:

Meet the Renaissance Lute

The "Meet the Renaissnce Lute" program was designed as a lecture/recital specifically for the intimate house-concert venue. It surveys the solo lute repertory from early Renaissance polyphonic textures and dances, through the "golden age" of the lute, and into the "style brisé" of the early-baroque period. Since the program is ideally performed for a small audience in someone's home, not only do audience members get up-close and personal with the music but they also have the opportunity to ask questions about the pieces, instruments, and history.

Some of the the more well-known lute pieces like Packington's Pound, Greensleeves, Come Again Sweet Love, and Lachrymae are incorporated into this program so that hopefully every listener will hear something familiar.

Please contact me for more information about the program or about organizing a house-concert in your home. Some frequently asked questions are answered below.

How does a house concert work?

A house concert is really just a concert in someone's home. Hosts invite friends, family, and neighbors into their home to experience live music in an intimate venue and enjoy a really unique social activity. There is usually a "suggested donation" in the fifteen to twenty dollar range that goes directly to the performer and the concert is usually "by invitation only" - like any gathering in one's home. A house concert featuring a lute is even easier than most house concerts because there is no need to have or tune a piano and no elaborate set-up or sound systems to worry about. All that is required for the performer is a chair to sit in and enough room to for a music stand.

What do I need to do?

In short, the same things you would do for any other party - pick a date, invite guests, plan refreshments. Guests will want to be seated during the performance so it is important to have a good idea of how many people will come and where they will sit. This type of concert is meant to be friendly and informal so it can feel accessible and fun for everyone. Hosts should keep things simple so they can enjoy the event as well!

How do we get started?

I live in Central New Jersey and travel frequenty to New York state, Philadelphia, Washington DC, and Raleigh/Durham, NC. If you live in any of those areas contact me to discuss a date. If you don't live in those areas, contact me anyway and we'll work something out!