Italian Trios: A trip from Venice to Amsterdam

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Saturday, October 24, 2020
11:00 a.m.

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.

Ginna Watson & Theresa Elliott, violin
Tulio Rondón & Charles Asch, cello
Don Livingston, harpsichord


Salomone Rossi (c.1570-1630)
Sonatas from Il terzo Libro

Marco Uccellini (1603-1680)
Arie a tre

Giovanni Battista Vitali (1632-1692)

Pietro Locatelli (1695-1764) 
Sonata op.5 no.V

Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
Sonata op.1 no.12


In addition to being a member of Lyra, THERESA ELLIOTT is a member of The Minneapolis Pops Orchestra, the Birchwood String Quartet, and a founding member of the Aurora String Quartet.Other Baroque organisations she has performed with include the Bach Society of MN, and more recently La Grande Bande. She has also performed with Music St. Croix, Arius Chamber Music Society, Philomusica, The Mpls Chamber Symphony, and the Duluth-Superior Symphony Orchestra, and at Mystic Lake Casino, with the MN State Fair Orchestra, and in the Starkey Hearing Aid Foundation Celebrity Gala Fundraising Event Big Band Orchestra for several years. Another avenue of performance has been with several theaters which include; Artistry, Chanhassen Dinner Theater, The Children’s Theater Company of Mpls, the Ordway, the Guthrie, and Theater Latte Da. Theresa received her Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance degree at the University of Minnesota. A fan of many musical genres, Theresa has performed with ethnic dance and folk ensembles, in a few fiddling competitions, and with several eclectic style bands. Away from music, she enjoys hiking, canoeing, tennis, on the road traveling, and of course reading. As a balance to music, she has a side gardening business, “A Sense Of Place Gardens”.

A Minneapolis-based violinist and early music specialist, GINNA WATSON performs with The Rose Ensemble and the Lyra Baroque Orchestra, as well as with many early music productions in the Twin Cities. She has appeared on many early music series throughout the United States, as well as the Boston, Indianapolis, and San Antonio early music festivals. Internationally, Ginna has performed in festivals in Germany, Spain, Italy and France. Ginna is the violin instructor at Hamline University in St. Paul. She also gives masterclasses on medieval and baroque performance practice in the Twin Cities and nationally, including Houston Baptist University, Colorado State University, Luther College, and the Center for Jewish Culture and Creativity in Los Angeles. More information at

CHARLES ASCH performs cello recitals, chamber music recitals, and with orchestral ensembles in the Twin Cities and throughout Minnesota. He performs on a German baroque cello from the early 1700s, and a modern cello by Gary Davis in New England, 1996. He has performed several recitals focusing on the Baroque repertoire, featuring Sonatas by Boccherini, Vivaldi, Lanzetti and Geminiani, as well as solo cello works by J.S. Bach and Dall’ Abaco. His 19th-20th century repertoire includes sonatas by Poulenc, Debussy, Britten and Beethoven. He received his Master of Music degree from Juilliard in 2011, where he studied with Richard Aaron and Fred Sherry. He recently completed his doctoral thesis at the University of Minnesota, where he studied with Tanya Remenikova.

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. Tulio is currently cello professor at the University of Wisconsin in Eau Claire. More information at

Keyboardist DONALD LIVINGSTON collaborates with musicians from across the musical spectrum. Founding director of the Twin Cities Early Music Festival and director of Ensemble Sprezzatura, he has performed with such ensembles as Bach Sinfonia (Washington DC), Musica Antigua (Panama City), La Donna Musicale (Boston), Lyra Baroque (St. Paul), Minnesota Orchestra, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and the Phoenix Symphony, as well as with soloists and collaborators Cléa Galhano, Anton Nel, Jacques Ogg, Elisabeth Wright, Joel Frederiksen, Ryland Angel, Jed Wentz, Barthold Kuijken, and Dame Emma Kirkby. He has sung as a member of the Rose Ensemble, as well as with the Pro Arte Singers under the direction of Thomas Binkley and Paul Hillier at the Historical Performance Institute of the renowned Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University where he received the Doctor of Music in historical keyboard performance. He recently left a positions as Lecturer of Organ and Harpsichord at the University of Texas Butler School of Music and organist at St. Martin’s Lutheran Church to become organist at Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church in Minneapolis.