2021-2022 Season Chamber Concerts

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The Bach Family and “Associates”

A program of German works for flute, cello, and harpsichord, including J. S. Bach, Handel, and the quirky flute sonata by Bach’s last student, Johann Gottfried Müthel.

Immanuel Davis, traverso
Tulio Rondón, cello
Donald Livingston, harpsichord

Thursday, November 18, 2021
7:00 p.m.
St. Edwards Episcopal Church, Wayzata, MN

Friday November 19, 2021 
12:00 p.m.
Live-streamed only

Nordic Yuletide

Light some candles, make a cup of hot tea, and prepare to get hygge (cozy) for a festive concert of Nordic baroque and folk music, with some seasonal holiday favorites mixed in.

Cheryl Zylla, violin, viola, viola d’amore
Ginna Watson, violin, hardinger fiddle
Charles Asch, cello

Thursday, December 23, 2021
7:00 p.m.
St. Edwards Episcopal Church, Wayzata, MN

Friday December 24, 2021 
12:00 p.m.
Live-streamed only

Joy Reimagined

Members of Lyra with guest Chloe Fedor present a string quartet concert featuring Franz Joseph Haydn’s radiant String Quartet in C Major, Op. 20, No. 2, and works by Saint-George and Brunetti.

Chloe Fedor and Marc Levine, violin
Yvonne Smith, viola
Eva Lymenstull, cello

Thursday, January 20, 2022
7:00 p.m.
Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, Rochester, MN

Friday January 21, 2022 
12:00 p.m.
Live-streamed only

Belladonna Baroque Quartet

Salami to Schnitzel

with Clea Galhano, recorder
Margaret Humphrey, baroque violin
Rebecca Humphrey, baroque cello
Barbara Weiss, harpsichord

Thursday, February 3, 2022
7:00 p.m.
St. Edwards Episcopal Church, Wayzata, MN

Friday February 4, 2022
12:00 p.m.
Lives-streamed only

Hautbois et Basson

The ancestry of double reed instruments may be bombastic shawms and curtals; as much associated with artillery as art. But during the 17th century, particularly with development of the orchestra in France, the hautbois and the basson were refined and polished. Transforming to ‘play-nice’ with the strings they became sonorous instruments of expressive nuance, and both emotional and technical virtuosity.

Curtis Foster, oboe
Joseph Jones, bassoon
Eva Lymenstull, cello
Don Livingston, harpsichord

Thursday, March 17, 2022
7:00 p.m.
Mount Olive Lutheran Church, Rochester , MN

Friday March 18, 2022
12:00 p.m.
Live-streamed only

Ground Bass presents:
Music for 2, 3, & 4 Bass Instruments

Performing on a variety of bowed bass instruments, Ground Bass will present music by Marcello, Fux, Funke, Telemann, and a transcription of a violin sonata by Élizabeth Jacquet de la Guerre.

Julie Elhard, bass viol
Eva Lymenstull, cello & bass viol
Tulio Rondón, cello & piccolo cello 
Sara Thompson, G violone

Wednesday, April 27, 2022
7:00 p.m.
St. Edwards Episcopal Church, Wayzata, MN

Friday April 29, 2022  
12:00 p.m.
Live-streamed only

B+A+C+H

This program begins with a suite of Bach arias for soprano with obbligato flute and violin. The premier of a cantata by Paul Jacobson concludes the concert. The new work, B+A+C+H—Lament to Jubilation, incorporates the BACH theme (Bb-A-C-B), which has been employed by composers from the time of J.S. Bach to the present. The text of the cantata comprises paraphrases by Paul of Psalm 42 (“As the deer desires the waterbrooks. . .”) and of three poems by Rainer Maria Rilke. This poetry reflects the fears and joys of our present day realities and dreams.

Anna Christofaro, soprano
Paul Jacobson and Immanuel Davis, traverso
Marc Levine, violin
Julie Elhard, viola da gamba
Donald Livingston, harpsichord

Thursday, May 19, 2022
7:00 p.m.
Mount Olive Lutheran Church, Rochester, MN

Friday May 20, 2022
12:00 p.m.
Live-streamed only

Mélange à Trois: Seventeenth-Century Sonatas in Europe

Experience the musical life and tastes of Italy, Germany, and England with these seldom heard seventeenth-century ricercars and sonatas. The early Italian style of ornamenting, or glossing of the notes, permeated throughout the century and were adopted by all the major European countries, albeit with a little twist of their own nationality. You’re invited to partake in the transformation of the baroque sonata. Music of Dario Castello, Giovanni Bassano, Riccardo Rognioni, Dietrich Buxtehude, and Godfried Finger.

Miriam Scholz-Carlson, violin
Julie Elhard, gamba
Paul Boehnke, harpsichord

Thursday, June 23, 2022
7:00 p.m.
Mount Olive Lutheran Church Rochester, MN

Friday June 24, 2022  
12:00 p.m.
Live-streamed only