Festivals & Series

Paul O'Dette, lute

Part of the Segovia Classical Guitar Series

Saturday, October 5, 2024 at 7:30pm CDT

Galvin Recital Hall

“the clearest case of genius ever to touch his instrument.” —Toronto Globe and Mail

One of the most influential figures in his field, lutenist Paul O’Dette has helped define the technical and stylistic standards to which 21st-century performers of early music aspire. His performances at the major international festivals in Vienna, Barcelona, Tokyo, Melbourne, and many others have often been singled out as the highlights of those events. O’Dette is an active conductor of Baroque operas and has made more than 155 recordings, winning extensive acclaim; he is a two-time winner of the Grammy, a twelve-time winner of the Diapason d’Or, and a two-time winner of the Echo Klassik award. In addition to his activities as a performer, O’Dette is an avid researcher, having worked extensively on the performance and sources of seventeenth-century Italian and English solo song; Italian, German and French Baroque opera; basso continuo practices; and instrumental music. His program on this season’s series focuses on newly-discovered Italian lute manuscripts.

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Mary B. Galvin Recital Hall


70 Arts Circle Drive
Evanston, IL 60208
United States

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Located in the Ryan Center for the Musical Arts, this 400-seat hall features a 40-foot glass wall offering views of Lake Michigan and the Chicago skyline. Undulating walls of Forest Stewardship Council–certified wood, covered with a thin layer of African moabi wood, provide optimal acoustics, and the hall is equipped with state-of-the-art sound and video equipment for recording.