The Saint Paul Conservatory of Music is a music-making community, offering high quality music education to all segments of society. Here the aspirations of students of all ages and abilities are met with a commitment to excellence through creative expression, disciplined training, and performance opportunities. Thus our motto is "Enriching lives through the joy of music."

Coffee Concert

Terzetti Lute Duo
Philip Rukavina, lute
Thomas Walker Jr., lute

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 5 | 12:00 P.M.

Admission to this concert is FREE

A Grand Tour: Lute Duets from England and Italy Circa 1600.

It is hard to overstate the contrast between the musical styles of the Renaissance and Baroque eras.  It is even more fascinating that these two very different musical styles co-existed in Europe for a brief time, just at the end of the 16th-century.  If one were set down in early 17th-century Venice, they would have heard the bold musical style of the Baroque era in nearly full bloom.  At the same time, a visitor to London would have heard the intricate polyphonic aesthetic of Renaissance music still echoing through the courtyard.

The Terzetti Lute Duo presents a program of lute duets to bring this marvelous contrast of musical styles to life before your very ears. Through both contemporary and modern arrangements of music for two lutes, you will experience the tuneful, finely-crafted counterpoint of Elizabethan England side by side with the powerful and dramatic, nuove musiche from Baroque Italy.  It’s a grand tour de force not to be missed! The program includes music by John Dowland, Thomas Robinson, John Johnson, Antonio Gabreli, Giovanni Gabreli, Cima, and others.

The Terzetti Lute Duo has been performing as an ensemble since 2002. Comprised of Twin Cities lutenists Phillip Rukavina and Thomas Walker Jr., Terzetti brings modern audiences the expressive and sonorous sound of music for lute duo.  The ensemble performs Renaissance and early Baroque master works, specializing in the large extant repertoire of duets for lute composed in Italy and England during the 16th and 17th centuries.  This at a time when the lute, like the piano today, was considered the instrument par excellence by composers of the age.