CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Feb. 11, 2005 — Jeffrey Noonan, assistant professor of music at Southeast Missouri State University, will present a solo faculty recital at 3 p.m. Feb. 27 at Christ Episcopal Church, 101 North Fountain Street in Cape Girardeau.
The recital is free and open to the public.
The recital will feature the solo lute music of the English composer, John Dowland. Dowland, the most famous English lutenist of the Elizabethan era, composed a significant body of songs for voices and lute as well as numerous dances for strings and lute. His solo works remain some of the most popular and most demanding pieces for the Renaissance lute. The lute solos will range from settings of simple folk songs to highly contrapuntal fantasias. Several of Dowland’s best known dances, including galliards written for Queen Elizabeth I and the King of Demark and his famous Lachrimae Pavan, are included on the program.
Noonan teaches music history and literature courses and directs the University’s classical guitar program. He holds degrees from the University of Notre Dame, the Hartt School of Music and Washington University. Trained as a classical guitarist, Noonan also specializes in the performance of Renaissance and Baroque music on early instruments like the lute, the baroque guitar and theorbo. He plays regularly throughout the region with early music ensembles like Early Music St. Louis, the Kingsbury Ensemble, Ars Femina, and Collegium Vocale St. Louis.
For further information, call the Southeast Department of Music at (573) 651-2706.