The Society for the Doctrinal Affectation of Baroque Music opens its 2013 season with a free concert of all-Baroque music at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, in St. Mary’s Chapel, located on the far-western end of Summit Avenue on the campus of the St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity of the University of St. Thomas.

Archlutist Timothy Burris.

The concert features archlutist Timothy Burris as guest artist. Burris, who holds a Ph.D. from Duke University and a soloist’s diploma from the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, taught lute for six years at the Royal Flemish Conservatory in Antwerp and now teaches in Maine at Colby College and the Portland Conservatory.  He has performed, and has been recorded, throughout Europe and the United States.

Burris will be joined by St. Thomas professors and members of the Society for the Doctrinal Affectation of Baroque Music: organist and harpsichordist David Jenkins and guitarist Christopher Kachian.

A third society member, St. Thomas art historian Michelle Nordtorp-Madson, will present two minilectures, with slides, about art from the Baroque period in Europe.

Selections for the evening include the J.S. Bach French Suite for Guitar and Lute; Vivaldi Concerto for Guitar; C.P.E. Bach Sonata for Organ; and a selection of archlute solos, from the early to middle Baroque period, by Zamboni, Galilei and Frescobaldi.

The society’s program notes explain that it “is dedicated to stylish performances of early musical artifacts with nonconventional instrumentation. The society’s artistic mission is to arouse the elevated passions of modern audiences through elegant interpretations informed by the latest in historical discovery.”

More information about the society is available at (651) 962-5858.