2020-2021 Season Chamber Concerts

Six concerts of chamber music presented by Lyra musicians produced in a concert venue and available to watch through streaming. Hear spoken program notes with Jacques Ogg and Lyra Education Director Joseph Jones as well as post-concert chats with the musicians.

Link to each concert will be emailed to you a week before the concert.

Italian Trios: A trip from Venice to Amsterdam

Italy holds a pre-eminent role in the story of baroque music as we know it. New techniques and genres, as well as composers themselves spread from Italy across Europe in waves with each successive generation throughout the baroque era. Our first concert this season follows these Iberian trends and trend setters and the interchange between two cultural capitols: Venice and Amsterdam. Including music by Vivaldi, Vitali, and Rossi.

with GINNA WATSON & THERESA ELLIOTT, violin
TULIO RONDÓN & CHARLES ASCH, cello
DONALD LIVINGSTON, harpsichord

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2020 11AM  |  Live Streamed

French Dreams & Games

We’re all familiar with music for dancing, and music for singing, but what about music for playtime, or music for sleep? In December we enjoy the music of France during the reigns of Louis XIV and XV; when dance was king, or at least the king was a dancer, and music and dance extended to all the activities of life from epic to mundane.  Featuring music by Marin Marais, Antoine Dornel, and Jean-Marie Leclair.

with MIRIAM SCHOLZ-CARLSON & MARC LEVINE, violin
JULIE ELHARD, viola da gamba
PAUL BOEHNKE, harpsichord

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2020 11AM |  Live Streamed

Jacques Ogg from Home: Cellebroederskapel in Maastricht,
The Netherlands

In January our concert comes from Maastricht in The Netherlands, set along the banks of the Meuse river. Lyra’s artistic director, Jacques Ogg brings us a special solo performance from the Cellebroederskapel. This chapel was built in 1512 as an addition to the monastery established in 1360. More recently it’s where a young Jacques used to practice the organ. From this beautiful town of medieval streets and buildings we’ll hear the music of Froberger, Frescobaldi, and other relatively new-fangled composers of the 17th century.

JACQUES OGG, harpsichord

SATURDAY, JANUARY 23, 2021 11AM  |  Live Streamed

German Music, Italian Echoes:
Music by Platti & J. S. Bach

Johann Sebastian Bach was as German as one might expect a Lutheran organist to be. But his music was undeniably and irreversibly influenced by Italian music he encountered in the middle of his career. Giovanni Platti, a native of Padua, was among the many celebrated musicians who emigrated from Italy to work in courts around Germany. In March, Lyra presents chamber music by both these composers to show similarities in style as well as highlight their distinct personalities. 

with MARC LEVINE, violin 
TULIO RONDÓN, cello
TAMI MORSE, harpsichord

SATURDAY, MARCH 6, 2021 11AM  |  Live Streamed

Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges

Who was Joseph Bologne? Imagine in one person the combined talents of Muhammed Ali and Prince Rogers Nelson, then add a rags to riches backstory not unlike Alexander Hamilton and you’ll be close. Widely acclaimed as the greatest fencer of his generation, Bologne was also praised for his superlative finesse and artistry as a violinist. Our April concert features music written by and dedicated to this fantastic Afro-European composer.

with LUCINDA MARVIN, MARC LEVINE & ELIZABETH YORK, violin
GINNA WATSON, viola
TULIO RONDÓN, cello
TAMI MORSE, harpsichord
SATURDAY, APRIL 17, 2021 11AM  |  Live Streamed

Towards Telemann

Wherever he went George Philip Telemann was a musical force to be reckoned with. In Leipzig he was the upstart law student whose talents created as much musical activity for the city as he did conflict with the music director at the Thomaskirche. In Hamburg he became the celebrated composer known throughout Europe for his synthesis of international styles and inexhaustible ability to write new music. For our final concert of the season we present chamber music by Telemann, those who influenced him and those influenced by him.

with ELIZABETH YORK & CONOR O’BRIEN, violin
JULIE ELHARD, viola da gamba & basse de violon
TULIO RONDÓN, cello
JOSEPH JONES, bassoon
TAMI MORSE, harpsichord

SATURDAY, MAY 15, 2021  |  Live Streamed