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

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Saturday, March 6, 2021
11:00 a.m.

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.

Marc Levine, violin
Tulio Rondón, cello
Tami Morse, harpsichord


Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750)
Sonata in G Major for Violin and Obligato Harpsichord
Sonata in G Major for Violin and Continuo

Giovanni Benedetto Platti (1697-1763)
Sonatas for Violin, Cello, and Continuo


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.

Cellist and gambist TULIO RONDÓN performs throughout the United States, Europe, Middle East, and North and South America as a soloist and chamber musician. Known for his vivid depth, passionate performances and strong leadership, he started his professional life early, as principal cellist of the Aragua Symphony Orchestra in Venezuela. Tulio”s performance career has taken him all over the world, and he has shared the stage with internationally celebrated artists such as Gil Shaham, Paul Katz, James Tocco, the Hagen String Quartet, Pacifica String Quartet, and the Miro String Quartet. In demand as a chamber musician and early music specialist, Tulio has been on faculty as the viola da gamba instructor at the Whitewater Early Music Festival in Wisconsin since 2010. In 2012 he joined the Vancouver Early Music Festival as faculty on viola da gamba and baroque cello alongside Jaap ter Linden. Born in La Victoria, Venezuela, Tulio began his cello studies through El Sistema, quickly moving up to the highest orchestra by age fifteen. He received his Bachelor of Music from the Simon Bolivar Conservatory, his Master of Music from Miami University in Ohio, and his Doctorate in Performance at the University of Arizona. Pursuing his strong interest in historic performance practice, he continued his studies in The Netherlands, doing post-graduate studies on baroque cello and viola da gamba with Jaap ter Linden and Rainer Zipperling at The Royal Conservatory in The Hague. Tulio is currently cello professor at the University of Wisconsin in Eau Claire. More information at

Harpsichordist TAMI MORSE is active as a soloist and chamber musician in the Midwest and East Coast. With the baroque ensemble Flying Forms, known for innovative, interdisciplinary performances and considered “names to watch” (Berkshire Review for the Arts), Morse has been in residence at Lawrence University, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, and with Minnesota Youth Symphonies. A finalist in the Jurow International Harpsichord Competition, she also performs regularly with the Minnesota Bach Ensemble, the Big Apple Baroque Band, the Lyra Baroque Orchestra, the Bach Society of Minnesota, and Glorious Revolution Baroque. Morse has a Master of Music degree from the University of Michigan where she studied with Edward Parmentier and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Stony Brook University where she studied with Arthur Haas. In addition to her studies in the United States, Morse was awarded a DAAD grant, which she used to study at the Hochschule für Musik in Cologne with Ketil Haugsand. She is the Executive Director and co-founder of the performance space The Baroque Room in the Lowertown area of downtown Saint Paul.