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Music from the age of Shakespeare

David Rogers will perform Renaissance — music on lute and electric guitar

Oregon Shakespeare Festival/Terra Nova Consort lutenist and guitarist David Rogers presents an eclectic program of music by Shakespeare’s contemporaries and modern music on Wednesday, Aug. 2 and Saturday, Aug. 5 at noon.

The concert will be at Carpenter Hall on the grounds of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival on the corner of Main and Pioneer, Ashland.

Featured will be English renaissance music by John Dowland played on renaissance lute. David will be joined by his wife, recorderist Nancy Elliott, for Italian renaissance duets by Orlando Di Lasso, played on electric guitar and recorder. On classical guitar, David will play music by the American jazz pianist, Keith Jarrett, Spanish composer, Isaac Albeniz, and one of David’s own recent compositions.

David Rogers maintains an active solo and ensemble performance career as a classical guitarist and performer on early plucked strings. He is guitarist and lutenist with the Terra Nova Consort, ensemble in residence at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and faculty member at Southern Oregon University.

As lead guitarist with the Terra Nova Consort, he made his European debut at the Tage Alter und Neuer Musik Regensburg 2000 Festival.

His solo and ensemble performances have been broadcast on American National Public Radio and Bayrische Rundfunk, including both the nationally syndicated Performance Today and Harmonia programs. Mr. Rogers has recorded for Dorian, Callisto and Focus Recordings. He has given recitals and conducted master classes throughout North America, including performances and classes at the San Francisco Conservatory and the University of Southern California. He has also performed with the Seattle Baroque Orchestra; Vieri Bottazzini, flutist; Angelo Manzotti, sopranist (counter-tenor); Sospirando; with Nancy Elliott in the ensemble Duo Ruggiero; and as a continuo player under the direction of Andrew Parrott.

Rogers has studied historical plucked strings with Hopkinson Smith and Eugen Dombois at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Basel, Switzerland; with Thomas Binkley at Indiana University; and with Lyle Nordstrom at Oakland University. He has studied guitar with Joseph Fava at Wayne State University.

The Washington Post has praised David’s “astonishingly florid” solo improvisational passage work. He has been called a “modern master” of the classical guitar” by 20th Century Guitar. Classics today.com has praised his “first rate instrumental artistry,” and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has written, “David Rogers played like a lead guitarist in a rock band. He laced the likes of De el pobo with improvised, speedy solos way up into the wailing region of the fingerboard…”

Admission is $7 for adults; $6.00 for OSF members; $5.25 for youths 6-17. Tickets are required and must be purchased at the OSF Box Office. For more information or reservations call 482-4331.

David Rogers’ web site: http:www.sou.edu/music/rogers.shtml. Callisto Records: http:www.callistomusica.com/engframe.htm. OSF web site: www.osfashland.org