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 “crystalline tone and delicate passagework” (San Francisco Chronicle), soprano Arwen Myers captivates audiences with her timeless artistry and exquisite interpretations. Transmitting a warmth and “deep poignancy” (Palm Beach Arts Paper) onstage, Arwen shines in solo performance across the US and beyond. With outstanding technique and mastery of a wide range of vocal colors, Arwen’s dazzling oratorio and solo appearances feature repertoire from the baroque to modern day, and everything in between. Her history includes appearances with Portland Baroque Orchestra, Early Music Vancouver, Pacific MusicWorks, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra & Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, working with such notable conductors as Nicholas McGegan, Monica Huggett, David Fallis, John Butt, David Hill, Scott Allen Jarrett, Erick Lichte & Matthew Dirst.
Recent solo highlights include Handel with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra; Bach & Purcell with Portland Baroque Orchestra; Vivaldi, Monteverdi & Gabrieli with Early Music Vancouver; Handel with Oregon Bach Festival; Fauré with Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra; and in the world premiere of Zachary Wadsworth’s When There is Peace with Chor Leoni, which received national broadcast across Canada. Of her title role in Handel’s Semele with American Bach Soloists Academy in 2018, San Francisco Classical Voice noted, “some of these star turns were shiny indeed, with soprano Arwen Myers leading the way... her musicality and demure demeanor remained a renewable pleasure.”
Arwen features with some of the nation’s leading ensembles, including Seraphic Fire, Bach Akademie Charlotte, Spire Chamber Ensemble, Bach Collegium San Diego, & Fear No Music. Her performances of new music include the world premieres of two title roles written specifically for her by celebrated composer Robert Kyr. Additional solo roles in world premiere performances and recordings include pieces by Michel Petrossian with Sacred Music at Notre Dame; by Don Freund at Indiana University; and by GRAMMY-award winning J.J. Wright on his Billboard chart-topping commercial release O Emmanuel.