Lyra Lunchtime Concert: Bach Birthday Bash

Friday, March 20, 2020 | 12:00 p.m.
The Baroque Room, St. Paul
275 4th St. E #280
St. Paul, MN. 55101


Click here to view this concert on the Baroque Room’s website.

A program celebrating J.S. Bach’s 335th birthday. Cake and punch will be served!

Julie Elhard, viola da gamba
Donald Livingston, harpsichord
Ginna Watson, baroque violin


J.S. Bach –
Trio Sonata in G major, BWV 1039
Prelude and Fugue in B-flat minor, BWV 86
Trio in D minor, BWV 583


Julie Elhard

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.

Donald Livingston

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.

In addition to musical endeavors, Livingston holds the Juris Doctor degree from the Mitchell-Hamline College of Law, where his studies focused on copyright, entertainment and art law, and where he was a recipient of the CALI Award for Entertainment Law.

Ginna Watson

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.