Nine Notes that shook the World!
Renaissance and Baroque
flutes, fifes, harp and bagpipe
Ronn McFarlane, Renaissance and Baroque lutes
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Fluent in the music of several eras, Mindy Rosenfeld is a founding member of the highly respected Baltimore Consort, with whom she tours extensively, and since 1989, of San Francisco’s Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra (“the nation’s premier early music ensemble”—New York Times), where she has performed under director Nicholas McGegan and guest conductors William Christie, Jordi Savall, Gustav Leonhardt, Andrew Parrott, Andrew Manze, Bernard Labadie and Trevor Pinnock; recorded extensively; and appeared in Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival, the Berkeley Early Music Festival, BBC Proms (Royal Albert Hall), Concertgebouw (Amsterdam) and both Carnegie and Disney Halls. Principal Flutist with the Mendocino Music Festival Orchestra (California), as a guest artist Mindy has performed with Musica Angelica (LA), San Diego Bach Collegium, Catacoustic Consort (Cincinnati), Apollo’s Fire (Cleveland), American Bach Soloists (San Francisco), Portland’s Trinity Consort, Portland Baroque Orchestra, Magnificat (San Francisco), Opera Lafayette (Washington, DC), San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, San Francisco Bach Choir, Golden Gate Men’s Choir, San Jose Symphonic Choir, Ukiah Symphony and the Symphony of the Redwoods. As a colleague of Ronn McFarlane, she has performed in the trio Gut, Wind and Wire, and in the band Ayreheart. The mother of five boys, with a BA in Flute Performance from the Peabody Conservatory (Baltimore) and an MA in Modern and Baroque Flute Performance from San Francisco Conservatory, Mindy divides her time between performing, touring, teaching, dancing, her family, and their garden.
Ronn McFarlane, lutenist
GRAMMY-nominated lutenist, Ronn McFarlane strives to bring the lute - the most popular instrument of the Renaissance - into today’s musical mainstream and make it accessible to a wider audience.
Born in West Virginia, Ronn spent his early years in Maryland. At thirteen, upon hearing “Wipeout” by the Surfaris, he fell wildly in love with music and taught himself to play on a "cranky sixteen-dollar steel-string guitar.” Ronn kept at it, playing blues and rock music on the electric guitar while studying classical guitar.
He graduated with honors from Shenandoah Conservatory and continued guitar studies at Peabody Conservatory before turning his full attention and energy to the lute in 1978. The following year, Mr. McFarlane began to perform solo recitals on the lute and became a founding member of the Baltimore Consort. Since then, he has toured throughout the United States, Canada and Europe with the Baltimore Consort and as a soloist.
McFarlane was a faculty member of the Peabody Conservatory from 1984 to 1995, teaching lute and lute-related subjects. In 1996, Mr. McFarlane was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Music from Shenandoah Conservatory for his achievements in bringing the lute and its music to the world. He has over 30 recordings on the Dorian/Sono Luminus label, including solo albums, lute duets, lute songs, recordings with the Baltimore Consort, the complete lute music of Vivaldi, and Blame Not My Lute, a collection of Elizabethan lute music and poetry, with spoken word by Robert Aubry Davis.
Recently, Ronn has been engaged in composing new music for the lute, building on the tradition of the lutenist/composers of past centuries. His original compositions are the focus of his solo CD, Indigo Road, which received a GRAMMY Award Nomination for Best Classical Crossover Album in 2009. His newest CD release, One Morning, features "Ayreheart," a new ensemble brought together to perform Ronn's new music.