Ayreheart Masters of Early Music from England, Scotland and Wales Performance March 25 Early folk and art music is part of the chamber music genre. Ayreheart brings their captivating program of “Will You Walk in the Woods so Wild” in their upcoming performance at 2:30 pm in Faye Spanos Concert Hall, on Sunday March 25, 2018. The Renaissance band Ayreheart (Ronn McFarlane, lute; Brian Kay, vocals and lute; Will Morris, colascione; and Mattias Rucht, percussion) provide a marvelous picture into folk music and art music in 16th- and 17th- century England, Scotland, and Wales. Performing as a quartet, Ayreheart will feature the music of John Dowland, William Byrd and John Johnson , along with old ballad tunes from England, Scotland and Wales. Several of the captivating pieces of early music include: John Dowland (1563-1626), the finest of all Elizabethan lute composers, was a contemporary of William Shakespeare and Queen Elizabeth I. Ayreheart has rearranged and ornamented Mr. Dowland’s Midnight (originally a lute solo) for two lutes, colascione and percussion. Perhaps allegorical, "Lully Lulle" tells the tale of a dying knight tended at his bedside by a maiden. The actual origins of the song are obscure, but likely reach back to at least the early 16th century. "Black is the Color" was a traditional British ballad found by John Jacob Niles, a famous collector of traditional ballads. As the story goes, he fell in love with the text, but hated the melody that was attached to it, so he wrote a new one.
Ayreheart performing his ‘re-written’ version here. From start to finish, Ayreheart breathed new life into each tune — in no small part due to vocalist Brian Kay’s incredible delivery of the texts. Singing with a pure, centered sound and impeccable diction, he’s a natural-born storyteller. At times… an art-song singer, and at others a shy poet, he had you hanging onto his every word. Coupled with the excellent musicianship of McFarlane, Morris, and Rucht, his attributes made for a memorable listening experience. (Cleveland Classical.com) The Ayreheart will provide a charming and intriguing chamber music concert presented by Stockton’s Friends of Chamber Music. Come enjoy the concert.
Tickets are $25 and are available in the lobby of Faye Spanos Concert Hall at UOP starting at 2:00 pm, 30 minutes before the concert. Students of any age are admitted free. The audience is invited to meet the musicians at a reception following the concert. Friends of Chamber Music concerts are presented in cooperation with Pacific and its Conservatory of Music. For a brochure or more information about the FOCM annual series, please call 209-956-2868 or visit www.chambermusicfriends.org.