Thursday: Lute players were the guitar heroes of the Elizabethan period in England — and the entertainers of choice in royal and aristocratic circles. A large amount of music was written for the barrel-chested instrument in that period, and the best of it is sampled in Lute2Viols' enticing program of works by John Jenkins, Tobias Hume and the great John Dowland. Soloist Tom Walker is joined by a pair of viols in a fascinating journey to an age of music making when melancholy and merrymaking rubbed shoulders intimately. (7:30 p.m. Thu., Landmark Center, 75 W. 5th St., St. Paul; $5-$15,

Terry Blain