Seasonal Special Happenings

Lutesong Duo at St. John's

When: Sun., Feb. 6 2011

Now languishing in that gray area between folk and classical traditions, lute music was the pop rock of its time. It's just that its time was nearly 600 years ago, making it a bit of a rarity on today's play lists. Still, the hauntingly delicate sounds of this stringed instrument remain well-suited to holy spaces, where the setting and the notes combine to achieve the Renaissance ideal of "moving the passions." Should your passions need some rearranging, you are in luck: Today at 3 p.m. you can catch Mignarda, one of the nation's few lutesong duos, as they perform at downtown's Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist. Featuring lutist and music scholar Ron Andrico and mezzo soprano Donna Stewart, Mignarda has produced seven critically acclaimed CDs — all top-sellers on classical music charts. Today's concert focuses on their latest album, Harmonia Caelestis, which highlights the devotional imagery of 16th-century Spain. The result, we are told, will be an afternoon of peaceful reflection and contemplation. Plus, it's free. St. John's is at 1007 Superior Ave. For more information, call 216-771-6666 or go to mignarda.com. — Cicora

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