Concert Calendar

Mignarda, based in rural upstate New York, is available for:
CONCERT PROGRAMS HOUSE CONCERTS LECTURE/RECITALS MASTER CLASSES & WORKSHOPS WEDDINGS
or in a format tailored to meet your needs. Please contact us for details & terms.

    Sunday, September 14th, 2014 at 5:00 pm - POINT OF ROCKS, MD
    THE TUDORS

      St. Paul's Episcopal Parish, Point of Rocks
      1914 Ballenger Creek Pike in Point of Rocks, MD
      Concert proceeds will be sent to the Diocese of Jerusalem to aid Christians in Iraq

      Join us on a guided tour, time-travelling through 118 years in a single afternoon as Mignarda traces the musical influences of the colorful and musically-gifted Tudor monarchs.

      
The Tudors, who reigned from 1485 until 1603, were trained in music from childhood and were accomplished lutenists, singers, and even composers. Perhaps more importantly, the Tudors employed legions of Europe's finest musicians, French, Flemish, Spanish and Italian. 


      The concert program offers a rich sampling from the bounteous Tudor musical legacy: beginning with the mesmerizing rondeaux of the time of Henry VII, we romp through the lusty fare of Henry VIII's tempestuous court, followed by the serenity of sacred music favored by the devout "Bloody Mary", finally reveling in the lush and familiar songs of loyalty, love and longing from Elizabeth's Golden Age.

      Discover the vibrant music of England's famously fascinating family, the Tudors. Join Mignarda at 5pm Sunday afternoon September 14th at the historic St. Paul's Episcopal Parish, Point of Rocks. 

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    Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 at 12:10 pm - WASHINGTON, DC
    HARMONIA CAELESTIS

      The Church of the Epiphany
      1317 G St. NW in Washington, DC
      (202) 347-2635 for information

      As part of our ongoing effort to present our music to a broad audience, we'll be appearing at the very popular Tuesday Concert Series at the magnificent Church of the Epiphany in Washington DC, offering a program of sacred motets and Gregorian chant. This evocative program of sacred polyphony highlights the intense devotional imagery of 16th century Spanish composers including Cristóbal de Morales, Francisco Guerrero, and Tomás Luis de Victoria.



Sunday, October 5th, 2014 at 3:00 pm - JAMAICA PLAIN, MA
"SUNDAY AFTERNOON AT THE GREENOUGH HOUSE" PARLOR CONCERT SERIES

    The Loring-Greenough House
    12 South Street in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts

    Mignarda returns to the Sunday Afternoon Parlor Concert Series at the Loring-Greenough House, the last surviving 18th century residence in Sumner Hill, a historic section of Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts. Built in 1760, the venue listed in the National Register of Historic Places and has been a historic house museum since 1926. Its beautiful period decor and intimate size make it an ideal setting for lute song.

    With the music of John Dowland as the centerpiece, this program probes the perfect marriage of poetry and music - with texts both light and dark - from the Golden Age of English lute song. Music by John Dowland, John Danyel, Thomas Campion, Thomas Morley, Robert Jones and others.

    The concert is a tribute to Edward Doughtie (1935-2014), whose work in the field of the literary sources of English lute songs became a standard reference, and was the inspiration for many of Mignarda's poetically-themed programs. The program will conclude with a modern lute song composed for Mignarda by Edward Doughtie.

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2014

    Saturday, May 17th, 2014 at 8:00 pm - Cleveland, OH
    A PILGRIMES SOLACE
    An evening of Elizabethan lute song & poetry
    in tribute to Edward Doughtie

      Tregoning & Company
      1300 West 78th Street in Cleveland, Ohio
      in the Gordon Square Arts District
      admission: $20 at the door
      Directions/map

      Mignarda makes a special appearance at the beautiful Tregoning & Co. art galleries. The program will feature music from Mignarda's CD recording of John Dowland's last and best book of songs, published in 1612. The song texts are from the pens of important poets who lived in the age of Shakespeare; evocative poetry with a surprising emotional content set to music that ranges from compelling counterpoint to clever, sparkling and downright danceable. To complement Dowland's highly sophisticated music, the program will include settings of lute songs by his contemporaries Thomas Campion, John Danyel, and Robert Jones.

      The concert is a tribute to Edward Doughtie (1935-2014), whose work in the field of the literary sources of English lute songs became a standard reference, and was the inspiration for many of Mignarda's poetically-themed programs. There will be a special introduction by Doughtie's colleague, Cleveland's own Dr. David Richardson, and the program will conclude with some new compositions for voice and lute including a modern lute song composed by Edward Doughtie.

      Treat yourself to an evening of music, poetry, and art at the beautiful Tregoning & Company Art Gallery.



Friday, February 14th, 2014 at 7:30 pm - BOSTON, MA
LOVE LETTERS FROM THE 16th CENTURY

    The Taylor House
    50 Burroughs Street in Boston (Jamaica Plain), Massachusetts
    Admission includes a wine/dessert reception after the concert
    Space is limited; reservations are suggested.
    (617) 983-9334 to reserve a seat.

    Treat your valentine to a romantic evening of love songs with enduring power. Lute song from Arcadelt to Verdelot, featuring the amorous poetry of Francisco Petrarch, Pierre de Ronsard, and John Donne. With interludes by the likes of Vincenzo Galilei and 'il divino' Francesco da Milano.

    The intimate size of the music room at the Taylor House makes it an ideal setting for lute song. Make your reservations now for February 14, 2014 at the Taylor House B&B in Jamaica Plain, MA.



Sunday, February 2nd, 2014 at 3:00 pm - ITHACA, NY
BYRD SONGES

    St. Luke Lutheran Church
    109 Oak Avenue in Ithaca, New York
    (next to Collegetown Bagels)

    This special concert will feature sacred polyphony and devotional songs by William Byrd, mingled with rarely heard ayres by his contemporaries Thomas Campion and John Dowland. A scant amount of Byrd's music was arranged for lute and solo voice during his lifetime, and several of his motets survive solely in lute notation. Mignarda will perform selections in this format, and will be joined by special guests Clare Fewtrell, Eric Flyte, Jim Hedlund, and Jeffrey Snedeker in Byrd's Mass for Three Voices.


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2013

Friday, December 13th, 2013 at 8:00 pm - SOUTH EUCLID, OH
MUSIC FOR THE FEAST OF ST. LUCY

    Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish
    1545 South Green Road in South Euclid, Ohio

    The Feast of St. Lucy occurs on December 13th, at the intersection of several diverse mid-winter traditions having to do with darkness and light. Our 3rd not-quite annual concert in honor of St. Lucy will feature chant and polyphony for treble voices, harp, and lute, followed by music for lute, harp, and voices on Marian texts for the season of Advent. The splendid setting of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Church will make a fitting and dramatic backdrop for this haunting break from the hectic holiday season. Join us to dispell the darkness with the illumination of sound.

Sunday, December 1st, 2013 at 4:00pm - SLATERVILLE SPRINGS, NY
SIXTH ANNUAL BENEFIT CONCERT
FOR THE CAROLINE FOOD PANTRY

    St. Thomas' Episcopal Church
    2720 Slaterville Road in Slaterville Springs, New York
    directions & a map to the church from Ithaca Commons

    Mignarda returns to St. Thomas for our sixth annual benefit for the Caroline Food Pantry. We'll offer some of the music from our 2008 release "Duo Seraphim", together with a mix of new additions to our holiday repertory, as well as some surprise special guests. St. Thomas' is an exceptionally nice space for this intimate music. Treat yourself to a lovely, peaceful afternoon before the holiday crush, and help us bring some warmth to our neighbors in need.

    We are very pleased once again to be able to help support St. Thomas' efforts on behalf of those in need in our own community. 100% of your donation will go directly to the Food Pantry. We hope you'll join us in supporting this important work as generously as you can. Details below.

    The Caroline Food Pantry is operated by St. Thomas' Church as a member agency of Food Bank of the Southern Tier. The largest such Pantry in the County, twice each month the Caroline Food Pantry distributes basic groceries to about 200 households. Your financial donations enable them to purchase groceries at deeply discounted prices, which is essential to meeting the need in our community.

    Checks may be made to
    ST. THOMAS' CHURCH or CAROLINE FOOD PANTRY
    PO Box 51, Brooktondale, NY 14817

    "...The Mignarda Duo, Ron Andrico and Donna Stewart, filled the room with
    lute music reminiscent of drops of water in a pristine Japanese pool
    and vocals as fine as the ringing of bells over distant snow..."

    -- from a review of our first benefit concert at St. Thomas'
    published in the Ithaca Journal, December 24, 2008

Sunday, November 17th, 2013 at 3:00 pm - JAMAICA PLAIN, MA
"SUNDAY AFTERNOON AT THE GREENOUGH HOUSE" PARLOR CONCERT SERIES

    The Loring-Greenough House
    12 South Street in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts

    Mignarda will appear on the Sunday Afternoon Parlor Concert Series at the Loring-Greenough House, the last surviving 18th century residence in Sumner Hill, a historic section of Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts. Built in 1760, the venue listed in the National Register of Historic Places and has been a historic house museum since 1926. Its beautiful period decor and intimate size make it an ideal setting for lute song.

    Mignarda's concert program offers a snapshot of our first ten years as a duo with music excerpted from our award-winning recording of 17th century French music, Divine Amarillis (2005), a sampling from our ninth and latest CD, John Dowland: A Pilgrimes Solace (April 2013), and a preview of current projects including music for voice and lute composed in the 21st century.

Sunday, October 20th at 7:00pm - ITHACA, NY
Friday, October 25th at 8:00pm - CLEVELAND, OH

Doulce Mémoire: MIGNARDA'S 10TH ANNIVERSARY CONCERTS

    October 25th, 2003 marked our first public appearance as Mignarda at the Shrine Church of St. Stanislaus in Cleveland, Ohio. We performed a program of music from the court of Henri III, featuring the music of Polish lutenist Jakob Reys with courtly French airs from the same period by Jean Baptiste Besard, Antoine Boësset, Pierre Guedron, and others.

    After ten years of performing we have produced nine recordings, published a dozen music editions and countless articles and reviews, and initiated what has become a very popular weekly blog with a loyal international following. We have traveled tens of thousands of miles to share this music with audiences across the U.S., through concerts, lecture/recitals, workshops and master classes. We've appeared in radio and television studios, on YouTube, and in recital halls, libraries, mansions, museums, school rooms, living rooms, tiny churches and capacious reverberant cathedrals. And we are full of ideas for new projects.

    Our October concerts will offer a unique retrospective of our first decade and we invite you to share this celebration. We will revisit the haunting and lovely French courtly airs of the early 17th century which comprised our first concert, and which featured prominently on our award-winning 2006 release, Divine Amarillis. We've also significantly augmented our survey of this repertoire and these concerts will mark the debut of several airs, psalm settings and dance tunes that we'll be performing for the first time in public.

    This dual celebration, in our old and our new homes, is presented in collaboration with our friends at St. Luke Lutheran Church in Ithaca, New York, and at the Shrine Church of St. Stanislaus in Cleveland, Ohio. We would love to see you.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at 12:00 pm - NEWARK, NJ
CATHEDRAL CONCERT SERIES

    Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart, Chapel of our Lady of Grace
    89 Ridge Street in Newark, New Jersey

    As part of our ongoing effort to present our music to a broad audience, we'll be appearing at the very popular Cathedral Concert Series at the magnificent Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark, offering a program of sacred motets and Gregorian chant.







Saturday, August 17th at 7:00 pm - CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, OH
FEAST YOUR EARS:
SONGS & SPREZZATURA FROM 16TH CENTURY ITALY

    St. Alban Episcopal Church
    2555 Euclid Heights Boulevard in Cleveland Heights, Ohio

    Mignarda returns to the intimate St. Alban for a special concert of music from 16th century Italy, based on our 2011 CD, Sfumato. Coinciding with – and just up the hill from – Little Italy's celebration of the Feast of the Assumption, Mignarda offers a relaxing respite from the tumult and traffic. Come up the hill for an hour and feast your ears.




Friday, August 16th, 2013 at 8:00 pm - KENT, OH
CUYAHOGA RIVER CONCERT SERIES presents
AN EVENING WITH MIGNARDA

    Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent
    228 Gougler Ave in Kent, Ohio

    Mignarda is pleased to announce a special performance in Kent, Ohio as part of the Unitarian Universalist Church's Cuyahoga River Concert Series. The evening program will feature a selection of music from the duo's most recent CDs including Italian, French and English music from the 16th century, as well as newly composed music for the rare and beguiling combination of voice and lute. This special concert marks Mignarda's first appearance in Ron's home town.




TUESDAY, August 13rd, 2013 at 7:00 pm - HAMMOND, NY
RENAISSANCE MUSIC & ART IN THE BARN

    The Iva Smith Memorial Gallery of Fine Art
    627 State Highway 37, Hammond, New York

    We're delighted to be collaborating once again with Alex Raykov and Alex Korolov on viols to feature the songs of John Dowland - and the music of St. Colombe - at an opening for the works of New York artist Robert Paul Sapier.





Thursday, May 23rd, 2013 at 7:00 pm - HOMER, NY
MIGNARDA AT THE CENTER FOR THE ARTS OF HOMER

    Center for the Arts of Homer
    72 South Main Street in Homer, New York

    In an ongoing effort to present our music to a broad audience, we are very pleased to announce a special performance at Center for the Arts of Homer, an important venue in central New York State that hosts a diversity of music and actively offers the surrounding community an ample sampling of the arts.