Saturday 4.12 at 4pm: Recital of renaissance songs by Debi Wong, mezzo-soprano and Solmund Nystabakk, lute.

Dear friend of Arkadia, You are warmly welcome to a recital of renaissance songs from Italy, France and England by Debi Wong, mezzo-soprano and Solmund Nystabakk, lute, on Saturday 4.12 at 4pm. The programme embraces 150 years of European history and includes music by Bartolomeo Tromboncino, John Dowland, John Danyel and Étienne Moulinié.   Welcome! But singing to the lute with the dittie (methinke) is more pleasant than the rest, for it addeth to the wordes such a grace and strength that it is a great wonder.Baldassare Castiglione, 1528 (translated by Sir Thomas Hoby, 1561)   Warm regards, Ian www.arkadiabookshop.fiEntrance is free and green tea will be served. A donation of €2 (or more!) is suggested and would be very welcome. Biographies:Mezzo-Soprano Debi Wong, is a recent graduate from the Yale School of Music, where she specialized in Early Music, Artsong and Oratorio. Praised for her effective performances, Ms. Wong enjoys working as both a chamber singer and concert soloist.   Highlights of her 2009 – 2010 season include the Monteverdi Vespers with Alexander Weimann, Bach’s Singet dem Herrn and Ein Festeburg ist unser Gott with Masaaki Suzuki; Haydn’s Salve Regina with Nic McGegan, The St. John Passion with Bruce Pullan in his final season conducting the Vancouver Bach Choir; Bach’s B Minor Mass with Simon Carrington and part II of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio with Helmuth Rilling at the Oregon Bach Festival.This season, Debi will be making her debut in early opera with Stephen Stubbs and a production of Monteverdi’s Il Ballo delle Ingrate.     * * * Solmund Nystabakk (*1982) from Sørfold in Northern Norway studied classical guitar at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo, and guitar and lute 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 founding member of Ensemble NeoN (Oslo) and the RANK Ensemble (Helsinki) and performs regularly with the young Finnish chamber orchestra Jousia and the Belgian baroque ensemble Scherzi Musicali. He is also an active improviser and has composed theatre music for several plays.