Lute Society of America Seminar East and Amherst Early Music
join forces to present a hands-on exploration of music making in England during the 16th and 17th centuries.
Headlining the 2013 Amherst / LSA faculty will be world renowned lutenists Nigel North and Patrick O’Brien. The stellar faculty also includes lutenists Grant Herreid, Phillip Rukavina, and seminar director Jason Priset. Some of the courses to be offered include lute basics for those beginning to play the lute or who wish to sharpen their playing techinques and musicianship, a course on the vihuela da mano with a special focus on the music of Luis Narvaez, lute ensemble class and coaching for the performance of Every Man in his Humour, an Amherst Festival production created and directed by Grant Herreid.
Every Man in his Humour:
A Pageant of Temperaments Expressed in English Lute Song
In Shakespeare’s England it was thought that a person’s temperament was governed by the balance of humours in his body: a preponderance of black bile caused a melancholic temperament; too much yellow bile made one choleric, rash or angry; an overabundance of phlegm produced a phlegmatic, slothful, cowardly character; and too much blood made one sanguine, jolly, and lustful. In this staged production conceived by Grant Herreid, various humoral characters, speak texts by Shakespeare, Jonson, and others, and come to life in musical works by Dowland, Jones, Campion and others. Accompaniments are arranged for one, two and multiple lutes, and other instruments. Open to singers (solo roles by audition), viols and violins, and winds (by permission).
Deadline, May 31st. information and application available on the Lute Society of America website, or view here: