Bourbon Baroque
Bourbon Baroque Pours a Warm Shot of Music from the Past

John Austin Clark and Nicolas Fortin are Louisville’s own twin piques of interest when it comes to exploring and celebrating the timeless beauty of baroque music. After extensive travels performing and teaching, this duo in life – and on stage – make their home in the Original Highlands.

Whether entertaining on their front porch or commanding an orchestral event, Clark and Fortin’s lives are steeped in tradition and engaged in history. Hence the music; hence the bourbon.

On October 9, the beauty of the harpsichord, viola da gamba, traverso, and baroque cello and violin round out the story of “A German in Paris.” Acclaimed oboist and Louisville native Bruce Haynes will lecture on the music and the instrument, while educator and cellist Susie Napper, along with visiting artists Barbara Kallaur and Sarah Biber pour their spirits into Clark and Fortin’s evolving symphonic tour that is Bourbon Baroque.

The timeless grace of this genre will resonate with the dramatic 19th century architecture of St. Joseph Catholic Church, when this gathering of passionate musicologists strikes up the reeds, keys and strings.

Clark teaches at Sacred Heart School for the Arts in the Drama Department, while Fortin, who is originally from Montreal, Quebec, teaches French at Indiana University Southeast. To sample the full flavor of what Clark and Fortin are doing in the music and cultural arts community, visit their Web site at

– Cindy Lamb

A German in Paris: Music of the French Baroque, Featuring Telemann’s Paris Quartets
Dr. Bruce Haynes, author and musicologist, Guest Lecturer
Barbara Kallaur, traverso, Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra and Ensemble Voltaire, Professor of Early Flutes at IU Jacobs School of Music
Susie Napper, viola da gamba, Montreal Baroque Festival and Les Voix Humaines
Sarah Biber, baroque cello, Brooklyn, NY
Nicolas Fortin, baroque violin
John Austin Clark, harpsichord

Friday, October 9, 7 p.m. lecture; 8 p.m. concert
St. Joseph Catholic Church, 1406 E. Washington St. in Butchertown
Tickets  $20 regular; $15 Senior; $10 Student
Visit or call (502) 614-7178 for tickets.