French Dreams & Games

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Saturday, December 5, 2020
11:00 a.m.

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.

Miriam Scholz-Carlson & Marc Levine, violin
Julie Elhard, viola da gamba
Paul Boehnke, harpsichord


Antoine Dornel (1685-1765)
IIème Suitte

Marin Marais (1656-1728)
Trios pour coucher le Roy

Jean-Marie Leclair (1697-1764)
Récréation de Musique


MIRIAM SCHOLZ-CARLSON lives in Minneapolis, MN where she plays regularly with Lyra Baroque Orchestra, The Bach Society of Minnesota, Flying Forms, Oratory Bach, Consortium Carissimi, and other local groups, as well as The Newberry Consort in Chicago.  She was a founding member of Glorious Revolution Baroque. As a music director, Miriam selected, arranged and performed Elizabethan music for Great River Shakespeare Festival’s regional premier of Shakespeare in Love in the summer of 2018. She teaches both privately and at St. Olaf College and has trained as a teacher of the Alexander Technique and Learning Methods in order to help musicians perform with greater ease and efficiency.

MARC LEVINE enjoys a career as a chamber musician and orchestral leader specializing in performances on both modern and baroque violin. On baroque violin, Marc performs with his chamber ensemble, Flying Forms, that, in addition to performing standard and contemporary repertoire, also presents larger scale programs including oratorios and operas. In Saint Paul, Minnesota, where he is based, Marc regularly appears as leader or section member with the Bach Society of Minnesota, Oratory | Sacred Bach, Consortium Carissimi, and the Lyra Baroque Orchestra. On modern violin, Marc performs chamber music from all eras on various series and with groups including the Lowertown Piano Trio (founding member), Minnesota Bach Ensemble, Minneapolis Music Company, and the MacPhail Spotlight Series. With many of these groups, both recorded and live, Marc has been featured many times as a soloist and ensemble player on Minnesota Public Radio. A noted entrepreneur, Marc co-founded The Baroque Room, a performance space in downtown Saint Paul that hosts over 50 events each year including the Saint Paul Classical Music Crawl, an event featuring the entire city’s classical music scene and named one of the top ten classical music events of 2015 by the Saint Paul Pioneer Press.

JULIE ELHARD appears regularly as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States. She has made several appearances with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, including J.S. Bach”s St. Matthew Passion under the direction of Nicholas McGegan. She has been a guest artist with Apollo’s Fire in Cleveland and is a founding member of Violes Egales and Glorious Revolution Baroque. Julie has been the recipient of an Artist’s Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, as well as a Jerome Foundation grant to study vielle and early string playing with Margriet Tindemans. She also received a Performing Artist Certificate from the Royal Conservatory of Music in The Hague, Netherlands. She has taught at workshops in North America and at the Viola da Gamba Society of America’s national Conclaves. She currently teaches viola da gamba at Macalester College and also at the St. Paul Conservatory of Music, where she has developed a Suzuki-style approach for children to learn the viola da gamba. Julie has played cello and viola da gamba with Lyra for over 15 years. More information at

PAUL BOEHNKE fell in love with recordings of the fugues of JS Bach when he was 14. The next year he began study in organ and was introduced to the music of Louis and François Couperin, Buxtehude, Byrd and the ideas of early fingering and notes inégales. After studying in Amsterdam, Paul returned to the States and has been heard in ever more varied contexts. He has been a guest artist with the Newberry Consort and Second City Music, both of Chicago. He has performed solo recitals in San Francisco and at the National Music Museum in Vermillion, SD. Paul has appeared at the Madison Early Music Festival and the national conclaves of the Viola da Gamba Society of America as well as being a frequent guest artist at the University of Minnesota’s annual Bach Festival and with Lyra Baroque Orchestra. He has coached ensembles and taught masterclasses locally and as far away as Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea. From 2007–2016 Paul was the Artistic Director for the Bach Society of Minnesota. His seasons at the helm produced varied programs of concerts which included sacred cantatas, orchestral works, and small chamber works.