Monday 19.9 at 6pm: Short Stories From The English Renaissance by Debi Wong, mezzo-soprano and Solmund Nystabakk, lute.

 Dear friend of Arkadia, You are warmly welcome to Short Stories From The English Renaissance by Debi Wong, mezzo-soprano and Solmund Nystabakk, lute, on Monday 19.9 at 6pm. Debi Wong and Solmund Nystabakk are back with a new programme of lute songs from England’s Golden Age! The recital will include music by John Dowland, John Danyel, Anthony Holborne and others, and the performers will talk about the music and its background. Welcome! Warm regards, Ian Entrance is free and green tea will be served. A donation of €2 (or more!) is suggested and would be very welcome.                 Debi Wong Debi Wong, was born and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia. Praised for her effective performances, Ms. Wong enjoys working as both a chamber singer, concert soloist and recitalist.Her recent performances include Monteverdi’s Il Ballo delle Ingrate with Stephen Stubbs, Monteverdi’s 1610 Vespers with Alexander Weimann in the Early Music Vancouver Festival, Bach’s St. John Passion with the Vancouver Bach Choir and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra conducted by Bruce Pullan, Beethoven’s Mass in C Major with Beverly Shangkuan and the Yale Repertory Chorus, and Messiah with William Boughton and the New Haven Symphony Orchestra. In her 2009 – 2010 Debi performed Bach’s Singet Dem Herrn and Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott with Masaaki Suzuki (Bach Collegium Japan), Bach’s B Minor Mass conducted by Simon Carrington (King Singers, Yale Schola Cantorum) and Handel’s Te Deum and Haydn’s Salve Regina conducted by Nicholas McGegan, and she was also heard on the discovery series at the Oregon Bach Festival performing Bach’s Christmas Oratorio under the direction of Helmuth Rilling. As well as performing and studying early music, Debi is also an active recitalist. Recent collaborations include “Sweet and Low: The Songs of George Gershwin and Dana Suesse” with world renowned pianist, Sara Davis Buechner, and Schumann’s “Sechs Gedichte und Requiem” with internationally acclaimed pianist, Ted Taylor. In 2008, Debi received her Bachelor of Music from the University of British Columbia where she was awarded the Catherine Cooke-Topping Medal for musical excellence. Debi is also a recent graduate from the Yale School of Music and the Yale Institute of Sacred Music, where she received her Master’s in Music in Voice, and the 2010 Margot Fassler award for her performances in Sacred Music. This autumn, Debi will be starting her doctoral studies in English Renaissance theatre and music through Sibelius Academy in Helsinki Finland. Solmund Nystabakk Solmund Nystabakk (*1982) from Sørfold in Northern Norway studied classical guitar with Sven Lundestad, Jan Danielsen and Erik Stenstadvold at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo, and later guitar with Jukka Savijoki and theorbo with Eero Palviainen at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki. His activities in recent years have included work with both classical and contemporary music for classical guitar, as well as early music on lute, theorbo and baroque guitar with special interest in the vocal repertoire of the renaissance and early baroque. Solmund Nystabakk is a member of Ensemble NeoN (NO), RANK Ensemble (FI) and the baroque ensemble Scherzi Musicali (BE). He also performs regularly with the young Finnish chamber orchestra Jousia Ensemble. He is an active improviser and has composed theatre music for several plays.