The Terzetti Lute Duo
$15 | $10 Seniors & Students
Terzetti Lute Duo
Phillip Rukavina, 6-course lute
Thomas Walker, Jr., 6 and 7-course lutes
Love Early Music? Well, you don’t have to go to some fancy East Coast early music festival to hear some REALLY GREAT performances of this fantastic music. Here’s why…
The Twin Cities is home to many outstanding ensembles specializing in early music. One of these is the Terzetti Lute Duo. Terzetti brings some of the best Renaissance lute music to the stage anywhere, period. Composed of two nationally recognized performers on the lute, Terzetti is Phillip Rukavina and Thomas Walker, Jr who come together to bring rarely heard, virtuosic masterpieces of lute music to life before your very ears.
Terzetti will be appearing in the Baroque Room this Friday, February 9 at 7:30 pm, presenting a program entitled “Petrucci’s Lute.” The lute duets and solos on this program were composed at the very flowering of the High Renaissance musical style. The program includes music by such musical luminaries as Josquin des Prez, Heinrich Isaac, Nicolas Gombert, Hayne von Ghizeghem, Francesco da Milano, Vincenzo Capirola, Francesco Spinacino, and more.
Make no mistake, this performance will not be a ponderous performance of simple plucks and plinks, but a virtuosic display of how this music really sounds... rich, full of flashy diminutions, and with the luscious sound of two incredible lutes and lute players paired together. And, the Baroque Room is just the right place to experience this kind of music – up close and personal within an intimate acoustic space.
This event is guaranteed to introduce you to the marvelous, professional-quality of early music available right here in our home town!
Phillip Rukavina performs as a lute and vihuela soloist and as a continuo lutenist. He has appeared at many music festivals including the Utrecht Early Music Festival (2013) and the Boston Early Music Festival (2015). In 2017, Phillip was invited to perform as a soloist at the European Lute Festival in Füssen, Germany and at the Lute Society of America’s 2017 WestFest held in Victoria, BC Canada. Phillip is a founding member of the Venere Lute Quartet and has performed with many prominent ensembles, including the Newberry Consort, the Texas Early Music Project, the Rose Ensemble, the Bach Society MN, and with renowned sopranos Emma Kirkby, Ellen Hargis, and Sarah Jackson. He has served on the faculty of the Lute Society of America's LuteFest in Cleveland, OH and the Amherst and Vancouver Early Music Festivals. He has recorded on the Lyrichord, LSA, and Naxos labels. His fourth Studio395 solo release, Italian Lute Music 1507-1517, was issued in 2016.
Thomas Walker, Jr. started classical guitar lessons at age 10. Not long thereafter he became interested in the 12-string guitar stylings of Leo Kottke and spent much of the next decade playing and composing in that style. Realizing that Leo was and is sui generis, he returned to classical music in college, studying both classical guitar and music theory. Theory classes provided his first introduction to the earlier musical vocabulary of counterpoint. After college, he studied jazz guitar independently, but was increasingly captivated by early music, particularly polyphony. He bought his first lute in 1992 and began studies with Phillip Rukavina not long thereafter. Since then Thomas has performed with Phillip, Ensemble Polaris, Consortium Carissimi, the Rose Ensemble, and the Venere Lute Quartet, as well as with lutenists Paul Berget and Edward Martin. Thomas served a term as treasurer for the Lyra Baroque Orchestra from 2003-2006, and currently serves as treasurer for the Lute Society of America. In regular hours he works as a consulting economist for small, privately-held companies.