Flute and Lute

Mindy Rosenfeld & Ronn McFarlane

Musical colleagues since 1979 and founding members of the Baltimore Consort, their work as a duo is included on the GRAMMY Nominated Indigo Road (Ronn McFarlane); One Morning (Ronn McFarlane & Ayreheart); The Baltimore Consort Live in Concert; and Gut, Wind and Wire (The Baltimore Consort). In concert, they offer a wide variety of Renaissance, Baroque, Celtic and original music for flute and lute.

  • ..some of the most ravishing lute playing to be heard anywhere. The Washington Times
  • McFarlane penetrates the elusive Elizabethan head-space, phrasing across bar lines in a free, speech like fashion...To paraphrase Jacques in Shakespeare's As You Like It, McFarlane can suck melancholy from a song the way a weasel sucks eggs. Guitar Player
  • ...probably the finest living exponent of his instrument The Times Colonist, Victoria, B.C.
  • Mindy Rosenfeld, a founding member of the Baltimore Consort and a member of San Francisco's Phiharmonia Baroque Orchestra, is praised for her extraordinary flute proficiency and dynamic performances. www.northwestern.edu/newscenter/stories/2007/02/baltimore.html
  • Rosenfeld exuded the rhythm and passion of whatever she was playing. CVNC The Classical Voice of North Carolina
  • McFarlane won hearts with fresh original compositions that explored a facinating variety of colors and techniques. The Plain Dealer, Cleveland
  • The songs posess a timeless charm and pith that are captured with effortless grace by the remarkable lutenist Ronn McFarlane TIME
  • Among the instrumentalists, I would shower bouquets on Mindy Rosenfeld, a winning player of the flauto traverso. SanDiego.com
  • The soloists were led in triumph by Mindy Rosenfeld, whose full bodied tone and supple, decisive phrasing seemed to inspire the whole orchestra. Mendocino Beacon
Mindy Rosenfeld posing outdoors in Fall

Mindy Rosenfeld

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.

Mindy is Principal Flutist and soloist with both the Symphony of the Redwoods (California) and the Mendocino Music Festival (California). As a guest artist, Mindy has performed with American Bach Soloists (San Francisco), Apollo'sFire (Cleveland), Musica Angelica (Los Angeles), San Diego Bach Collegium, Catacoustic (Cinncinnati), Portland’s Trinity Consort, Magnificat (San Francisco), the San Jose Symphonic Choir, San Francisco Bach Choir, Golden Gate Men’s Choir, Santa Rosa Symphony, Ukiah Symphony (as soloist), Modesto Symphony and numerous other Bay Area ensembles.

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 posing outdoors in Fall

Ronn McFarlane

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 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 25 recordings on the Dorian label, including solo albums, lute songs, recordings with the Baltimore Consort, 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.




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