Renowned lutenist Ronn McFarlane will perform at the next Oregon
Coast Chamber Music Society (OCCMS) concert in Lincoln Beach.
During his distinguished career, Ronn has toured the U.S., Canada,
and Europe as a soloist, and he is regarded as one of the principal
interpreters of music for the Renaissance lute today. Ronn has
recorded six CD's for Dorian including "A Distant Shore," "The
Renaissance Lute," and the "Scottish Lute." He has also composed
his own music, based on traditional lute music of the 16th, 17th,
and 18th centuries. These original compositions can be heard on his
solo CD "Indigo Road" which won a nomination for the Best Classical
Crossover Album category at the 51st Annual Grammy Awards in 2009.
Ronn is acclaimed for his effort and ability to bring the charm and
timeless quality of the lute to mainstream music and audiences.
Although he is now an Oregon resident, Ronn McFarlane was born
in West Virginia and spent his early years in Maryland. He fell in
love with music at age 13 after hearing "Wipeout" by the Surfaris.
Before picking up a lute, Ronn played blues and rock music on an
electrical guitar while studying classical guitar at the Peabody
Conservatory. In 1978 he changed his focus to the lute; just a year
later he was performing solo lute recitals and became a member of
the Baltimore Consort. From 1984-1995, he taught lute-related
subjects as a faculty member of the Peabody Conservatory; in 1996
he was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Music from Shenandoah
Conservatory for bringing the lute to audiences all over the
Finding world class musicians with Oregon ties is a primary goal
of Oregon Coast Chamber Music Society which was founded by
classical violinist Chuck Day five years ago. Another part of the
OCCMS mission is to bring chamber music back into the home and to
promote classical music for people of all ages. Both musicians and
audiences express their enjoyment of this gracious and intimate
The January 5 concert will be held in an ocean view home in
Lincoln Beach. To make reservations and receive directions, call
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