Lyra Baroque Orchestra performs "Music for a King"

Sunday, April 8, 2018 - 3:00pm
The Lyra Baroque Orchestra from Saint Paul, Minnesota brings a rare freshness, color, and dimension to the glorious music of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries through its performances on period instruments. The region's only baroque orchestra, Lyra combines the talents of renowned local early music specialists and international guest artists, under the inspiring artistic leadership of Jacques Ogg. The orchestra prides itself on being unusually accessible to audiences through captivating, relevant performances and educational programs that inspire future generations of musicians. 
Lyra’s mission is to inspire and enrich the community through exceptional performances of baroque music on historic instruments. 
“Music for a King” will feature two flute concertos and one harpsichord concerto, all by Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach. Written in Berlin for King Frederick the Great (who was himself a flutist), these concertos are excellent examples of a composition style called empfindsamer Stil (sensitive style). An important bridge between the Baroque and Classical periods, this style features quickly changing and contrasting moods, from flashy, virtuosic passages for both the soloist and orchestra, to introspective moments of great sensitivity. Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach–the second eldest son of Johann Sebastian Bach–was one of the most significant composers in this style. Perhaps partially because of this family tie, Carl Philipp Emanuel's music is often under-represented in programming, and these three pieces in particular have rarely been performed on period instruments.
Tickets for this Guest Artist Series concert are $10. A pre-concert talk is scheduled for 2:15 p.m. with the concert at 3:00 p.m.