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Il Divino: 1st of 4 Concert Talks with Dominic Schaner
Dominic Schaner, Lutenist, Composer and Musicologist
Original Date: Thursday, September 21, 2017

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Il Divino: The Myth and Music of lutenist/composer Francesco Canova da Milano (1497-1543) is the first in a four-part lecture recital series that explores the history, theory, and performance practice of the lute and it's music through biographical triptychs. Using il divino Francesco da Milano as genesis, this program presents a history of the lute during the sixteenth century following its most important and esteemed figure. Francesco's triptych illuminates his compositional process and virtuosic fantasias; unveils the myth surrounding his character and realizes his title il divino (an epithet shared only with Michelangelo); and finally reflects upon his unending influence, at times ephemeral and yet ever-present (the Baroque Fugue, Romanticism, 20th Century Minimalism). Join us to experience the Myth and Music of il divino Francesco Canova da Milano, "the most eminent musician of all, superior to Orpheus and to Apollo."

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 a young age. During his following musical life, Dominic has given concerts as both a solo and ensemble musician throughout North America and in Europe?. Most recently, he was featured as a soloist and guest accompanist for the world premier of Consort with Oakland Ballet. Dominic lives in West Sonoma County where he curates radio shows for kows 92.5fm, 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.

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