Sarah Jackson, soprano, and Thomas Walker, Jr, lute
$20 | $15 Seniors and Students
Airs de court are endlessly mysterious and regal, warm and enveloping, elusive and seductive. It is music which demands the greatest finesse, and yet grants the most unforgettable elegance to all in its presence. It’s every bit as much a wonder to perform as to listen to! Join us for the airs of Moulinié, Boesset, and Bataille, and lute solos of Vallet, Galilei, and Dufault, complete with coffee and scrumptious treats. This series often sells out, so arrive early for the best seats!
Nicolas Vallet (c.1583 – c.1642) - Preludes
Étienne Moulinié (1599 – 1676) - Prière: Dans le lit de la mort
Quoy faut il donc vous dire
Le ciel pitoyable mes voeux
Enfin la beauté que j'adore
Vous qui n'allégés point
Soupirant au bord de Seine
Michelagnolo Galilei (1575 – 1631) - Toccata
Pierre Guédron (c.1570 – ca. 1620) - Cesses mortels de soupirer
Ou luis tu soleil de mon âme
Ennemond Gaultier (1575- 1651) - Suite
Gabriel Bataille (1574/1575 – 1630) - Sortés soupirs tesmoins de mon martire
L'oeil noir de ma chaste brunette
Antoine Boësset (1586 – 1643) - Je voudrois bien ô Cloris que j'adore
anon, Jean-Baptiste Besard, Thesaurus Harmonicus, 1603 - Beaux yeux qui voyes clairement
Soprano Sarah Jackson, a native of the Twin Cities, has been devoted to Early Music since falling in love with the music of Bach as a child. Ever since her first opportunity to collaborate with lutenist Phillip Rukavina in 2011, she has dedicated herself wholeheartedly to French, English, Spanish, and Italian Renaissance and Baroque literature for lute/theorbo and voice. She enjoys regular appearances on the Lute Café concert series at the St. Paul Conservatory of Music, as well as numerous chamber concerts throughout the Twin Cities with Thomas Walker, Jr., Lute2Viols, and Phillip Rukavina.
Sarah is a graduate of St. Catherine University. Following the completion of her degree in Voice Performance, she studied with master teacher Elizabeth Mannion.
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, Lute2Viols, Sprezzatura, 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 from 2003-2006 and as treasurer for the Lute Society of America from 2015-2019. In regular hours he works as a consulting economist for small in the agricultural, banking, and manufacturing industries specializing in economic cycles and risk management.