Upcoming Events

Summer Concert Series: Ayreheart

Thursday, August 12, 2021
7:00 pm

When Ayreheart, a progressive folk trio, hits the stage at Glen Mar on Thursday, August 12 at 7:00 pm, be prepared to hear both old and new music.

Lutenist Ronn McFarlane founded Ayreheart in 2010 to revive the lute’s glory days of centuries ago but put in a modern context. McFarlane writes original music for Ayreheart that draws from Celtic music, American folk, jazz and bluegrass. Ayreheart also performs Renaissance and traditional pieces.

McFarlane was awarded an honorary Doctor of Music from Shenandoah Conservatory in 1996 for his accomplishments bringing the lute and its music to the world. He has made over 35 recordings and was nominated for a Grammy for Best Classical Crossover Album.

The other members of the trio are Willard Morris and Mattias Rucht. Morris plays bass, violin and colascione (a bass cousin of the lute). He has a long, diverse musical background that includes founding a jazz fusion group. Percussionist Rucht has 25 years’ experience as a drummer/percussionist in various rock, jazz, folk and world ensembles.

This is a FREE event. Masks will be required for people who have not been vaccinated.

What to Expect

This concert will be held inside in the Spirit Center. Childcare will not be available. The concert will last one hour.

Event Flyer

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About This Summer Concert Series

Glen Mar started its Summer Concert Series in 2017 and plans to continue its tradition of holding free concerts each year. Funding for these free concerts has come from sponsors, donations and grants.

This series has offered a wide variety of quality musical experiences featuring nationally and internationally known artists. Glen Mar was not able to hold concerts in 2020 due to the coronavirus.

Volunteer committee members meet a few times a year to offer advice on prospective performers and other aspects of the concerts. Committee members acquire sponsors and donors, submit grants and publicize the events. Members of this committee are Connie Ballenger (director of publicity), Scott Carter, Lois Hildebrand, Patty Hutton, Fred Sadler (executive director), and Susan Straumanis. Additional volunteers help with ushering, greeting, and technology.

Sponsor or Donate

If you are interested in sponsoring or donating to the 2021 Glen Mar Summer Concert Series, contact Sophie Hong via email.