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Saturday, November 14 at 7:30 PM - CLEVELAND HTS, OHIO
House Concert: “HEART SONGS & COUNTRY BLUES”
Sue Hannibal’s house
Cleveland Heights, Ohio
(216) 214-7673 for reservations
Admission: $15 at the door
Best known to Cleveland audiences as the voice and lute duo Mignarda, Ron Andrico & Donna Stewart dip into a slightly different genre and expertly perform traditional American music with guitar, banjo and harmony singing. The program, “Heart Songs and Country Blues” features parlor songs and folk tunes from the 19th century, many of which were later popularized and recorded in the 1920’s and 1930’s. Ron & Donna will also be packing a lute to perform a selection of 16th- and 17th-century music from the British Isles.
Limited seating; contact Sue Hannibal for reservations and directions:
email@example.com or (216) 214-7673
Sunday, September 20th, 2015 at 4:00 pm - CLEVELAND, OHIO
Immaculate Conception Church
4129 Superior Avenue in Cleveland
(216) 431-5900 for information
Duo Mignarda presents its first Cleveland concert of the year in a special event to mark the feast of Our Lady of Sorrows. The program will span the seasons with Gregorian chant and polyphonic motets by Francisco Guerrero, Cristobal de Morales and others in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary, arranged for the rare, intimate and historically appropriate combination of solo voice and lute.
Ron & Donna first met at Immaculate Conception singing together in the schola cantorum, and they are delighted to present this evocative program in the glorious acoustic that suits this music so well.
Sunday, August 16th, 2015 at 2:00 pm - HAMMOND, NY
AMORE E GRATIOSO with Alexander Raykov
Iva Smith Memorial Gallery of Fine Art
627 State Highway 37, Hammond, NY
an afternoon of food, friendship, music, and art
We are happy to be returning to the rich cultural milieu of the Hammond area, and doubly pleased to be performing in the newly renovated Iva Smith Gallery with one of our favorite musicians, Alex Raykov. The music features Italian music of the mid- to late 16th century, as well as a sampling of songs from John Dowland.
Friday, February 20th, 2015 at 7:00 pm - ITHACA, NY
CHRISTUS FACTUS EST: Lenten meditations for Voice & Lute
Anabel Taylor Hall Chapel at Cornell University
Sponsored by the Cornell Catholic Community Lenten Arts Series
548 College Avenue in Ithaca
free admission; free parking in selected lots after 5pm
Friday, February 20th at 7pm, at Cornell University's beautiful Anabel Taylor Hall Chapel, lute song duo Mignarda will present a concert of sacred polyphony and Gregorian chant focusing on the contemplative and penitential texts leading up to Easter. Conceived as an extended meditation, this program offers the glorious music of Renaissance masters Cristobal de Morales, Esteban Morago, Francisco Guerrero and others, in historically-sensitive interpretations for solo voice and lute following the 16th century practice of adapting sacred polyphony for private devotions. MORE...
Sunday, February 8th, 2015 at 2:00 pm- STEUBENVILLE, OHIO
AVE REGINA CAELORUM
Franciscan University of Steubenville
Tony and Nina Gentile Gallery at the J.C. Williams Center
1235 University Boulevard in Steubenville, Ohio
Duo Mignarda will appear at Franciscan University of Steubenville, where they will present a concert program of music dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary. This evocative program of Gregorian chant and sacred polyphony will highlight the intense devotional imagery of 16th century Spanish composers including Cristóbal de Morales, Francisco Guerrero, and Tomás Luis de Victoria.
Friday, January 2nd, 2015 at 6:00 pm - MONTOUR FALLS, NY
"A NEW YEAR'S GIFT" (First Friday Music Series)
Old Havana Courthouse Theatre
Sponsored by the Montour Falls Memorial Library
408 West Main Street in Montour Falls, New York
Meet the artists at a reception following the concert at the Library next door
Inspired by the ancient custom of gift-giving to mark the new year, Duo Mignarda will present a special program of music of the British Isles from circa 1580 - 1680. With the music of John Dowland as the centerpiece, the program will feature forward-looking English songs and lute music from historical sources, probing the perfect marriage of poetry and music - with texts both light and dark - from the Golden Age of English lute songs. Duo Mignarda will perform music by John Dowland, John Danyel, Thomas Campion, Thomas Morley, Robert Jones and others, with early Scottish music and a smattering of traditional ballads and dance tunes.
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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.
Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 at 12:10 pm - WASHINGTON, DC
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, September 14th, 2014 at 5:00 pm - POINT OF ROCKS, MD
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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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
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
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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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.
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"...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
Sunday, October 20th at 7:00pm
St. Luke Lutheran Church
109 Oak Avenue in Ithaca, New York (next to Collegetown Bagels)
Friday, October 25th at 8:00pm
The Shrine Church of St. Stanislaus
3649 East 65th Street in Cleveland, Ohio's Slavic Village
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.