Kenneth Bé, performing lute music since 1974, has been taught by notable lute players including Sylvian Bergeron, Ronn McFarlane, Paul O’Dette, and Nigel North. He participated in the Boston Early Music Festival and has played duet recitals with McFarlane. His repertoire for early plucked musical instruments spans from the earliest known lute tablatures of the late 15th century through the twilight of the lute in the late 18th century, plus the surviving music for the vihuela and guitar of the renaissance and baroque periods. Bé is originally from Tappan and has worked as a painting conservator at The Cleveland Museum of Art and more recently in Omaha since 2008.
Introducing the Lute
The lute was one of the most commonly and widely used musical instruments throughout Europe from the 15th through the 18th centuries. Through an overview demonstrating the history of its development, construction, technique, and repertoire, learn about why it was so popular and important in musical and social history during this period.