Lyra Terrace Concert

Wednesday, June 15, 2022 | 6:30-9:00 p.m.
University Club of St. Paul (map)
Music begins at 7:30 p.m.

RSVP by June 3

Sunday, June 26, 2022 | 2:30-5:00 p.m.
St. Edwards Episcopal Church, Wayzata (map)
Music begins at 3:30 p.m.

RSVP by June 10

Tickets are $100 each

Tickets also available at the door.

The Birds of Spring

Celebrate summer’s approaching arrival with crisp champagne, delectable desserts, and of course – marvelous music! Featuring Lyra artists Curtis Foster (oboe and recorder), Tami Morse (harpsichord), Theresa Elliott and Ginna Watson (violin), Steve Staruch (viola), Charles Asch (cello), and Sara Thompson (bass) in works by Albinoni, Couperin, and more!

Proceeds from the event support the Jacques Ogg Artistic Fund. This special fund gives Lyra’s artistic director flexibility to explore bold artistic possibilities and pursue new dreams.

During the reception, guests may choose their own comfort level with regard to masks but as with all Lyra concerts, masks and proof of vaccination or a negative Covid test within 72 hours will be required for the concert segment.


ALBINIONI Oboe Concerto in D Minor
VIVALDI “Spring” from The Four Seasons
COUPERIN The Nightengale in Love
& other delightful bird songs!


CURTIS FOSTER, Baroque oboe and recorder, whose playing has been praised for its “brilliantly introverted charm” (Seattle Times), has appeared with some of North America’s most respected early music ensembles, including Pacific MusicWorks, Les Boréades de Montréal, the Seattle and Pacific Baroque Orchestras, Mercury Baroque Orchestra, American Bach Soloists, Musica Angelica, the Newberry Consort, Victoria Baroque Players, Indy Baroque, and Chicago Opera Theater. His many festival performances have included the Vancouver, Chicago, and Bloomington Early Music Festivals, Oregon Bach Festival, Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, and the Phoenix Bach Festival.

A ravenous chamber musician, Curtis has performed with small ensembles in concert from San Francisco to Dubai, including regular appearances with his Seattle-based chamber groups, sound|counterpoint and the Così Quartet. Mr. Foster is also an enthusiastic advocate for music of our own time, and regularly commissions and premiers new works by contemporary composers for old instruments. A dedicated pedagogue, Curtis teaches Baroque oboe as part of the Baroque Orchestra Mentorship Programme at the University of British Columbia, and is regularly invited to teach workshops and masterclasses around the US and Canada. His recordings can be heard on ATMA Classique, Naxos, Cedille Records, and IU Press.

Originally hailing from Wichita, Kansas, Curtis now makes his home in beautiful Bellingham, Washington. In his rare downtime, he enjoys exploring the many hidden corners of his adopted Pacific Northwest with husband, composer Adam Haws, and cuddling with their spunky cats, Tamino and Lobo. He is a graduate of Wichita State University and Indiana University’s Early Music Institute.

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 is 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 Artistic Director and co-founder of the performance space The Baroque Room in the Lowertown area of downtown Saint Paul.