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The Mirror of Simple Souls "If a thing loves, it is infinite." - William Blake
Amy Michele White, voice
Dominic Schaner, lute and theorbo
Original Date: Thursday, February 16, 2017
Set within the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice and illuminated by the 13th century mystical writings of Marguerite Porete, The Mirror of Simple Souls features music from the Late Renaissance and Early Baroque exploring the many philosophical and poetical ideas of love. Refracted through the eye of the beloved, love is glimpsed in infinite manifestations and given voice in solos and songs.
*** The premier performance of A Vision of Hope Engulfed in Darkness, a setting of Orpheus' lamentation on the death of Eurydice for electric guitar and soprano, may happen during this concert.
Soprano Amy Michele White, a San Francisco native, appears frequently in the bay area as an opera and oratorio soloist with great sensitivity and power. Praised as having "one of the more lovely voices I have ever heard" (Albert Coffin) and "the voice of an angel" (Kemer Thomson), she has recently played operatic roles such as Cupid in Venus and Adonis, La Poesie in Les Arts Florissants,Susana in Susana's Secret, and worked with Drew Minter in the medieval theater piece Wolkenstein. Equally at home with sacred music, Amy's latest oratorio engagements have included Bach's St. John's Passion, Magnificat, Handel's Dixit Dominus, Messiah and Mozart's Laudate Dominum. Amy has performed in the San Francisco Bay Area with Philharmonia Baroque, Pacific Collegium, Volti, Voices of Music, and abroad in the world premiere of Warren's Sai Baba in India. With a BA in vocal performance from Whitman College and an MA in English Literature from Mills, she enjoys singing early music, writing and gardening in her Sonoma County home.www.amymichelewhite.com
Lutenist, musicologist and composer Dominic Schaner grew up on a small family farm in rural California. Here, in this infinite expanse of nature, he was introduced to music at an early age. During his following musical life, Dominic has given concerts as both a solo and ensemble musician throughout North America and in Europe. He studied music at Boston University and the University of Cambridge, completed research at Harvard University, and has lectured at colleges and seminars in the US and Canada. Dominic lives in West Sonoma County where he curates radio shows for kows 107.3fm, collects private press records and forages for mushrooms around his home in the forest. An advocate for those forgotten and silenced by society, Dominic directs arkestras and explores restorative practices with at-risk populations. dominic-schaner.bandcamp.com