Zoom House Concerts

Monthly soirées with Lyra musicians performing from home. Experience live music while connecting with Lyra musicians and other audience members through Zoom. These fun and casual events will feature instrument demonstrations, answering questions, and of course, inspiring performance.

Dulcian and Bassoon: First Rumblings

Featuring some of the earliest solo sonatas, written nearly a century apart, for these two low reed instruments. The dulcian is rooted firmly in the renaissance while the bassoon is thoroughly a creature of the High Baroque. Come hear works by Antonio Bertoli and J. E. Galliard highlighting their contrasting timbres, and explore the various shades of virtuosity that shaped two generations of music.

with JOSEPH JONES, dulcian & bassoon
CHARLES ASCH, cello
DONALD LIVINGSTON, harpsichord

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 30, 7PM  |  Live via Zoom
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 31, 11AM  | Live via Zoom

A Grand Tour

Join Marc and Tami on a Grand Tour of Europe during the Baroque period. Travel together throughout the continent to England, France, Germany and Italy as they explore these national musical styles. Works by Eccles, Couperin, Bach, and Veracini.

with MARC LEVINE, violin 
TAMI MORSE, harpsichord

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 7pm  |  Live via Zoom 
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 11am  |  Live via Zoom

A Bass Viol Journey

A program of bass viol duos that will take you on a journey through pastoral and courtly scenes. Works will include selections from Schenck’s Nymphs of the Rhine, Gottfried Finger’s Pastoralle from Puer Natus in Bethlehem, Marais’s Le Bijou, and more.

with EVA LYMENSTULL & MALACHAI KOMANOFF BANDY, bass viol

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 11, 7pm CST  |   Live via Zoom
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2pm CST  |  Live via Zoom

Get Grounded on Bach: Ground Bass

J.S Bach’s music is a source of joy and comfort that we turn to time and again.This year we will be performing Bach from three time zones, on two different continents. The program includes two arias arranged for bass instruments, a keyboard prelude, several movements of a cello suite, and an opportunity for you sing along with us in a chorale!

with JACQUES OGG, harpsichord
JULIE ELHARD, treble & bass viol
EVA LYMENSTULL, cello & bass viol
TULIO RONDÓN, cello & piccolo cello
SARA THOMPSON, bass

FRIDAY, JANUARY 29, 12pm CST  |  Live via Zoom
SATURDAY, JANUARY 30, 11am CST  |  Live via Zoom

Lyra Solo Works

Solo works hold a special place in the baroque repertoire, representing the entire stylistic vocabulary, virtuosity, and grand scale of the era. But being presented in miniature packaging they are also uniquely and pristinely intimate. For musicians these solos can be almost meditations, returned to over and again. And listening we hope you’ll hear the conversation between dear friends: a performer and their instrument.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 7pm  |  Live via Zoom

JULIE ELHARD, viola da gamba 
PAUL BOEHNKE, harpsichord 
BRYAN BOEHNKE, recorder
CHARLES ASCH, cello
LUCINDA MARVIN, violin 
JENNY LANG, violin
SPENCER MARTIN, viola

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 13 , 11am  |  Live via Zoom

JULIE ELHARD, viola da gamba 
PAUL BOEHNKE, harpsichord 
BRYAN BOEHNKE, recorder
MARC LEVINE, violin
LUCINDA MARVIN, violin 
CONOR O’BRIEN, violin
CHARLES ASCH, cello

At Home in the Baroque

This concert includes the warm and radiant Suite in E-flat for Solo Cello by J. S. Bach, the Sonatas for Two Cellos by Jacob Klein the Younger, and the exuberant Sonatas of Jean-Noël Massart. Musical selections are inspired by the role of domestic house pets in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, including guinea pigs, ferrets, and hedgehogs – to appear in between musical selections!

with CHARLES ASCH & CASSIDY ASCH, cello

FRIDAY, MARCH 19, 7pm  |  Live via Zoom
SATURDAY, MARCH 20, 11am |  Live via Zoom

Bowing and Fretting in the Baroque

An exploration of bowed, fretted instruments presented by Julie Elhard. See how these instruments compare in what they look like and sound like in a recital of music from Ortiz (1553) to Telemann.

with JULIE ELHARD, treble viol, lirone, violone & bass viol 
PAUL BOEHNKE, harpsichord

FRIDAY, APRIL 23, 7pm  |  Live via Zoom
SATURDAY, APRIL 24, 11am  
|  Live via Zoom

Piccolo Cello Recital

The piccolo cello is a five-string instrument that was widely used during the Baroque period, one that J. S. Bach used for many of his cantatas, and one that he possibly had in mind when writing his last cello suite in D Major, BWV 1012. Hear Tulio Rondón play this suite on this unusual and beautiful instrument as well as a transcription of Bach’s Violin Sonata No. 2 in A Minor, BWV 1003.

with TULIO RONDÓN, piccolo cello

FRIDAY, MAY 21, 7pm  |  Live via Zoom
SATURDAY, MAY 22, 11am  |  Live via Zoom

Theater of Three: Dramatic music, old and new

Immanuel, Paul, and Donald assemble a body of French music from Marais to Leclair in a collection entitled Frankensuite. This assemblage (it’s alive!) is followed by a new work by Paul Jacobson entitled Overture in Three Movements for Two Traversi and Harpsichord. The program (and season) concludes with a Suite of Famous (and Infamous) Women: Trios from Telemann’s Der Getreue Music Meister. The premiere of the new trio explores a scenario in which various 18th century composers meet up with an assortment of 20th century composers. The results are a surprise to both centuries.

with IMMANUEL DAVIS & PAUL JACOBSON, flauti traversi  
DONALD LIVINGSTON, harpsichord

FRIDAY, JUNE 11, 7pm  |  Live via Zoom
SATURDAY, JUNE 12, 11am  |  Live via Zoom