The Lute Society of America and the Amherst Early Music Festival join forces to present a hands-on exploration of music making in England during the 16th and 17th centuries. Some of the courses to be offered include, lute basics for those beginning to play the lute or who wish to sharpen their playing techinques and musicianship, a course on the vihuela da mano with a special focus on the music of Luis Narvaez, lute ensemble class and coaching for the performance of Every Man in his Humour: A Pageant of Temperaments Expressed in English Lute Song, a production created and directed by Grant Herreid.
In Shakespeare’s England it was thought that a person’s temperament was governed by the balance of humours in his body. In this staged production various humoral characters come to life in musical works by Dowland, Jones, Campion and others, in accompaniments arranged for one, two and multiple lutes, and other instruments. Open to singers (solo roles by audition), viols and violins, and winds (by permission). - Grant Herried