Lucas Harris Masterclass
LUCAS HARRIS, music director, theorbo, lute and guitar.
Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra; New York Collegium; Seattle Baroque, Smithsonian Chamber Players, Toronto Continuo Collective; Artistic Director of the Toronto Chamber Choir.
The AHPI, in association with Musica Viva Australia, presents a masterclass by Lucas Harris for singers and instrumentalists of continuo instruments (lute, harpsichord, cello, viola da gamba).
Date: Saturday 28 Feb 2015 at 9am.
Venue: Santa Sabina College,
90 The Boulevarde,
Strathfield NSW 2135.
Participants: $80 for non-members or $60 for members or students (40-minute class).
Auditors: Admission by donation.
Registration is essential—closing date is 23 Feb.
To register telephone 0491 132266 or email the AHPI with details of your instrument, repertoire and any other requirements.
Continuo accompaniment on harpsichord and/or theorbo for singers available on request for a fee. A harpsichord will be available on the day. For more information, email the AHPI.
Lucas Harris began his musical life as a jazz guitarist in his hometown of Phoenix, Arizona, and began to experiment with lutes during his liberal arts studies at Pomona College (Claremont, California, USA) where he graduated summa cum laude. He received his early music training during two years in Europe, first at the Civica Scuola di Musica di Milano as one of the first scholars of the Marco Fodella Foundation, then at the Hochschule für Künste Bremen. Following five years in New York City, he has made Toronto his home since 2004. He is the regular lutenist with Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and has enjoyed a busy freelance career with dozens of other ensembles, including the Toronto Consort and the Smithsonian Chamber Players. In 2011 he decided to broaden his career by training as a choral conductor, and began graduate studies at the University of Toronto with Dr. Hilary Apfelstadt. Just before completing his M.Mus one year ago, Lucas was named the new Artistic Director of the Toronto Chamber Choir. He has also been a guest music director with the Pacific Baroque Orchestra, the Ohio State University Opera program, the Toronto Consort, and Les Voix Baroques.
During the summer Lucas teaches at the Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute, Oberlin Conservatory’s Baroque Performance Institute, and the Vancouver Early Music Festival’s Baroque Vocal Programme. He is the founding member of the Toronto Continuo Collective (a seventeenth-century “pluck band”), the Vesuvius Ensemble (dedicated to Southern Italian folk music), and the Lute Legends Ensemble (a multi-ethnic trio of plucked instruments). Recordings include the solo CD Baroque Lute Recital as well as a collaboration with his wife (Tafelmusik violinist Geneviève Gilardeau), The Bach/Weiss Sonata. Lucas was praised for his work with Les voix humaines in Montréal: “The revelation of the concert was the Torontonian lutenist Lucas Harris, who weaved a poetic thread through his infinitely subtle interventions. The sweetness and patience of his playing . . . was astonishing.” (Le Devoir)