Join us for the monthly New Lute Café Series, with Director Phil Rukavina.
Thomas Walker Jr. (lute), Mark Kausch and Mary Burke, (violas da gamba)
With special guest Sarah Jackson (soprano)
Come and hear music from the Elizabethan Age, including songs by English lutenist/composer John Dowland (1563-1626). Lute2Viols is joined by acclaimed Twin Cities soprano Sarah Jackson for the final program of the Lute Café’s 2018-2019 season.
John Dowland’s final work, A Pilgrimes Solace (1612), is his lushest, most vivid composition, overflowing with colorful opulence. In movements IX, X, and XI, his characteristic elegance is distilled into ravishing chromaticisms, igniting radiant sparks between voice, lute, and treble and bass viols. It’s a work that is as intoxicating to perform as it is to hear! And anyone familiar with Tobias Hume’s Captain Humes Poeticall Musicke, published in 1607, will already know what a mesmerizing spell Hume can weave with lute, viols, and voice—most of all in his air “Cease Leaden Slumber.” This concert will also include a deeply moving air of Henry Lawes, and eloquent works by William Lawes, Richard Mico and others.
The Lute Café is sponsored by the St. Paul Conservatory of Music. Tickets are free, with a suggested donation of $15.