Mélange à Trois: Seventeenth-Century Sonatas in Europe

Thursday, June 23, 2022
7:00 p.m.
Mount Olive Lutheran Church Rochester, MN

Friday June 24, 2022  
12:00 p.m.
Live-streamed only

Experience the musical life and tastes of Italy, Germany, and England with these seldom heard seventeenth-century ricercars and sonatas. The early Italian style of ornamenting, or glossing of the notes, permeated throughout the century and were adopted by all the major European countries, albeit with a little twist of their own nationality. You’re invited to partake in the transformation of the baroque sonata. Music of Dario Castello, Giovanni Bassano, Riccardo Rognioni, Dietrich Buxtehude, and Godfried Finger.

Miriam Scholz-Carlson, violin
Julie Elhard, gamba
Paul Boehnke, harpsichord


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.

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 www.julieelhard.com

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.