Music by Monteverdi and Strozzi
Arwen Myers, soprano
John Lenti, Theorbo
7:30 PM - Thursday, March 26, 2020
St. Paul's Episcopal Church
Tickets: $25 at the Door
About the Musicians
John Lenti is a specialist in music of the seventeenth century and has made basso continuo improvisation on lute, theorbo, and baroque guitar the cornerstone of a career that encompasses work with baroque and modern orchestras, chamber music, recitals, and opera. Recent highlights include performances with the Seattle Symphony, the Cincinatti Symphony, and Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, recitals with violinists Carrie Krause, Ingrid Matthews, and Monica Huggett, and chamber music with the I-90 Collective, the Dark Horse Consort, and Acronym.
In addition, John frequently plays solo house concerts, living rooms being his preferred venues for solo lute repertoire. John is principal lute of Portland Baroque Orchestra, Seattle Baroque Orchestra, and Pacific Baroque Orchestra (Vancouver, BC). Other groups he has played for include the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, American Bach Soloists, Apollo’s Fire, New York Baroque Incorporated., the Sebastians, Seraphic Fire, Musica Pacifica, Seattle Opera, and Bach Collegium San Diego. He has played at early and modern music festivals in Boston, Berkeley, Indianapolis, Bloomington, Vancouver, Carmel, the Proms, Aldeburgh, Valletta (Malta), and the San Juan Islands (Washington state).
John's research interests include the metaphysics of historically informed performance, early English continuo practice, particularly in the music of Matthew Locke, and the lute music of Alfonso Ferrabosco the elder. John holds degrees from North Carolina School of the Arts and Indiana University and studied lute with Nigel North, Jacob Heringman, and Elizabeth Kenny. Crucial help and inspiration have come from Pat O’Brien and Ricardo Cobo. He lives in Seattle.
Praised for her artistry and warm, clear tone, soprano Arwen Myers is quickly gaining a reputation as a captivating & sensitive interpreter of repertoire spanning from early to new music. A versatile artist known for her flexibility and mastery of a wide range of vocal colors & styles, Ms. Myers has performed major works with Portland Baroque Orchestra, Early Music Vancouver, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, and Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra, among many others. She has sung the world premiere performances & premieres of two pieces by acclaimed composer Robert Kyr - Paradiso (Beatrice) in 2016 and Passion According to an Unknown Witness (Other Mary) in 2019 - both roles having been written for Ms. Myers by the composer.
Upcoming & recent solo engagements include world premieres by Zachary Wadsworth with Vancouver’s Chor Leoni, Robert Kyr with Trinity Music & the Ensemble of Oregon, and Renée Favand-See, Will White, and Emerson Eads with Northwest Art Song; Handel's Aminta et Fillide with Oregon Bach Festival; Monteverdi’s Christmas Vespers with Early Music Vancouver; Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, St. John Passion, and Wachet auf and a program English songs & arias with Portland Baroque Orchestra; and solo appearances with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Oregon Bach Festival, Pacific MusicWorks, Seraphic Fire, and Bach Akademie Charlotte. Season 2017-18 highlights included Semele (singing the title role) with the American Bach Soloists Academy; solo appearances in Bach's B Minor Mass with Portland Baroque Orchestra, under the direction of David Hill, Muehleisen's Pietà with Portland Symphonic Choir, and Respighi's Laud to the Nativity with Trinity Music; and an all-female tour of Vivaldi's festive cantatas with Early Music Vancouver, under the direction of Monica Huggett.
Ms. Myers holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees and a Performer's Diploma in vocal performance from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where she studied with Alan Bennett and Patricia Brooks Havranek. In 2014, she placed third nationally in the prestigious NATS Artist Award competition in Boston, MA, and she has twice competed in the Oratorio Society of New York's solo competition. A native of Augusta, GA, she currently serves as Director of Communications & Marketing at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Portland, OR, and co-manager of the Royal School of Church Music Pacific Northwest course, and she is an active freelance artist on the West Coast and beyond.