Special guest performers thrill audience

Tuesday’s noontime music recital in Fannin Hall was presented in two parts. The first included solo performances by faculty members Mathew Croft on French horn and Dr. Jaret Hunt on trump accompanied by faculty pianist Linda Irwin. Croft began with a deftly played piece by Alexander Glazunov called “Reverie, Op. 24” and Hunt followed with a perfectly performed selection by Theo Charlier called “1st Solo de Concors.”

The second part of the program was given by local lutenist Jacob Johnson and featured selections from the music of John Dowland (1563-1626). Among the pieces Jacobson played were several galliards. A galliard is defined as “a lively dance in triple time for two people, including complicated turns and steps.’ Jacobson also played Dowland’s famous “Fantasy #7” and the last piece Dowland ever wrote, “Mr. Dowland’s Midnight, Almain.”

After his concert, Johnson explained that a lute is a guitar-like instrument with 15 strings arranged in eight “courses” comprised of seven double strings plus one single string. Although his lute is custom-made and carries modern nylon strings, he said authentic gut strings for it would cost from $400 to $500. He mentioned Dowland led a checkered life and was once considered one of the highest paid musicians of the Danish court. He also played for Kin James I of England.

The Tuesday recital series takes place from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in Fannin Hall and is free and open to the public.