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From Vieux Gaultier to Robert de Visée: the lute in 17th-century France — Lecture demo

Timothy Burris, baroque lute & theorbo

The French lute tradition of the 17th century was remarkable for the quality of the music and the honor accorded the leading lutenists of the day. But the lute tradition was also noteworthy for the influence it had on the broader music culture of the time–particularly keyboardists. Timothy Burris will present a sampling of the lute and theorbo repertoire of the period, as well as discussing the cultural context in which it was born.

Timothy Burris has performed throughout Europe and the US, both as a soloist and an accompanist. He has appeared in concert with such esteemed artists as the mezzo Jennifer Lane and the keyboardist Robert Hill, as well as under the baton of Peter Schreier and René Clemencic, among others. In a review of The Songs of Philip Rosseter, Part II, The Lute Society Magazine said of his skills as an accompanist: “Burris … plays with beautiful tone and is an absolutely first-class accompanist.” Tim taught lute for six years at the Royal Flemish Conservatory in Antwerp, and currently teaches at Colby College and the Portland Conservatory of Music.

Free and open to the public, starting at 12 pm at the Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square, Portland, ME 04011.

This is a pre-festival event of the Portland Early Music Festival, now in its 8th season at the Portland Conservatory of Music organized by Timothy Burris. The theme of the 2019 Festival is “Music for the Salon” and will take place Friday, October 25 – Sunday, October 27 at Meloon Chapel in Woodfords Church,  Portland, Maine.

The Festival begins on Friday Oct. 25 with music of the early Baroque, showcasing vocal duets by Claudio Monteverdi and Contemporaries. Saturday’s performance moves to the mid-Baroque, with music for ‘cello and harpsichord. Sunday’s moves to the early Romantic period, heyday of several famed guitar virtuosi.

Pre-Festival Events Schedule:

Friday, September 13, 2019 at 7:00 pm
Scarborough Public Library

Saturday, September 21, 2019 at 10:00 am
Prince Memorial Library, Cumberland Center

Early Music Festival
October 25, 7:30 pm; October 26 at 7:30 pm; October 27 at 5:00 pm
Meloon Chapel, Woodfords Church

Questions? Email the Portland Conservatory of Music.