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Early Music Missouri presents “I’m out of fashion grown…” The 17th-century lute
Early Music Missouri opens its in-person 2021-2022 concert series, Early Music@First, with an intimate program of French, English and Scottish music for lutes. Lutenists Neal Shipe and Jeffrey Noonan join forces to play duets by Jean-Baptiste Besard and William Lawes as well as solo literature from a wide variety of manuscripts including the Cherbury Manuscript, The Straloch Lute Book, The Wemyss Lute Book and The Rowallen Lute Book. The music includes dances and song arrangements ranging from French courantes to Scots laments.
The concert will take place on Sunday October 10 at 3:00 pm (CT) at The First Congregational Church of St. Louis in Clayton, MO, adjacent to the campus of Washington University in St. Louis. This in-person concert is open to the public and masking and social-distancing protocols will be observed. Admission to the concert ranges from $10-20 at the door.
This program is the first of six concerts presented by EMMo in its series Early Music@First. Future concerts include a 19th-century chamber music program, a holiday program of German works for voice and violin and guest appearances by the Boston-based duo Lyracle and Chicago’s Bach+Beethoven Experience.
A graduate of the University of North Carolina School for the Arts, Neal Shipe took up the Renaissance lute in 2015, studying initially with lutenist Edward Martin and later under the guidance of lutenist/musicologist Jeffrey Noonan. Early on Neal developed a special interest in the lute manuscripts and music of 17th-century Scotland, an interest that continues to fascinate and guide him. Since 2017, he has released several recordings featuring this repertoire, including Gypsies Lilt, a 2020 recording that spans the full range of Scottish lute repertoire. Neal’s future projects will continue his work preserving ancient Scottish melodies through arranging, recording, and performance.
Lutenist Jeffrey Noonan has played early plucked instruments for over forty years across the Midwest. Based in St. Louis, he has performed regionally with various ensembles including Shakespear’s Bande, Early Music St. Louis, the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Bourbon Baroque (Louisville), Madison Early Music Festival (Wisconsin), Ars Antigua (Chicago), and Musik Ekklesia (Indianapolis.) One half of the baroque violin/theorbo duo Musicke’s Cordes, Jeff has also directed Such Sweete Melodie, a quintet specializing in seventeenth-century vocal repertoire and is a founding member of La petite brise, a trio featuring music for the Baroque flute. Jeff has received funding and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Newberry Library. In 2016, the St. Louis Regional Arts Commission awarded him an Artist Fellowship in recognition of his work as a performer, teacher and scholar. In 2019, Jeff created Early Music Missouri and Early Music@First and serves as Artistic Director of both.