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Hopkinson Smith, lute

“Hopkinson Smith is surely the most charismatic lutenist in the world today” (Kronen Zeitung)


Mar 27, 2022


About the Artist

Hopkinson Smith is “an elegant and genial figure on the platform and a master of his instrument” (Seen and Heard International), “an impressive man with an awe-inspiring body of work who continues to search for that ‘musical spirit’ each time he picks up the lute” (Lute Society of America Quarterly).

“’With any instrument, what one wants to do is find perfect union of physical gesture with musical gesture,’ Smith says. ‘This is the lifelong task of a musician’” (Harvard Magazine).

A consummate interpreter, he can “locate the soul of each piece through the most sophisticated and subtle use of extemporised embellishment you’ll ever hear” (Gramophone).

“Through his creative fantasy and the beauty of his instrument, Hopkinson Smith brings the listener to a refined state of total immersion in the musical and emotional atmosphere of the past, like a fabulous teller of tales” (Corriere della Sera).


Concert Program

Bright and Early: Italian and French Lute Music from the Beginning of the 16th  Century.

Music by Francesco Spinacino and Zoan Ambrosio Dalza from the press of Petrucci in Venice; and by Pierre Attaingnant, from the first French lute tablatures. The program will be played on a six-course lute.


Concert Sponsors

Spivey Hall Friends Concert Sponsors:

Elizabeth Kirk & Fred Land

Spivey Hall gratefully acknowledges the generosity of our 2021-2022 Season Sponsors:

Audience Building Roundtable,
through The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation

Barney M. Franklin & Hugh W. Burke Charitable Fund,
through The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta

Richard C. Owens Charitable Foundation

Patron Information

Patron Information

This concert welcomes patrons ages 12 and up.

This concert will be presented with a 50% capacity restriction to allow for social distancing.

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