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Sacramento Guitar Society

Ronn McFarlane

Fri, Nov 2, 2018 @ 7:30 pm

GRAMMY-nominated lutenist Ronn McFarlane strives to bring the lute -- the most popular instrument of the Renaissance -- into today’s musical mainstream and make it accessible to a wider audience. The superb acoustics of Stage 3 will enhance an unforgettable concert.

Since taking up the lute in 1978, Ronn has made his mark in music as the founder of Ayreheart, a founding member of the Baltimore Consort, touring 49 of the 50 United States, Canada, England, Scotland, Netherlands, Germany and Austria, and as a guest artist with Apollo’s Fire, The Bach Sinfonia, The Catacoustic Consort, The Folger Consort, Houston Grand Opera, The Oregon Symphony, The Portland Baroque Orchestra, and The Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra.

Born in West Virginia, Ronn grew up in Maryland. At thirteen, upon hearing “Wipeout” by the Surfaris, he fell madly in love with music and taught himself to play on a “cranky sixteen-dollar steel string guitar.” Ronn kept at it, playing blues and rock music on the electric guitar while studying classical guitar. He graduated with honors from Shenandoah Conservatory and continued guitar studies at Peabody Conservatory before turning his full attention and energy to the lute in 1978. The next year, he began to perform solo recitals on the lute and became a member of the Baltimore Consort. Since then, he has toured throughout the United States, Canada and Europe with the Baltimore Consort and as a soloist.

From the start, Sacramento Guitar Society (SGS) concerts at Harris Center for the Arts have seen brilliant artistry from international artists. SGS productions at Harris Center have set the bar for world-class unamplified guitar artistry in the 100-seat Scott-Skillman Recital Hall, where the best classical guitarists in the world have dazzled listeners. SGS has presented Laurence Juber, Muriel Anderson, Alex DeGrassi, Andrew York, Peppino D’Agostino and Michael Chapdelaine in the 200-seat City Studio Theater where the mics pick up every detail from the lowest note to the highest harmonic.

Besides our signature concert series at Harris Center, Sacramento Guitar Society provides local access to high level artistic performances, workshops, monthly meetings, a community guitar orchestra, community outreach, information and plenty of good music! SGS is a non-profit educational and service organization that has existed in one form or another since at least 1961—drawn together by the classical guitar and its music. SGS has earned a Platinum Seal of Transparency from GuideStar, a leading information service specializing in reporting on U.S. nonprofit organizations. For more information and a complete calendar of guitar events, visit our website.


$15-$43 Seniors
$15-$40 Students with ID, and Children 12 and younger

Event Length

1 hour, 30 minutes; with 15 minute intermission

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Ronn McFarlane Official Website

Sacramento Guitar Society Official Website


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