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Introducing A unique new experience
in classical music

Joseph Meyer , Violin

Garnering nationwide acclaim as a standout violin player, Joe Meyer is technically brilliant and musically innovative. The Miami Herald praised his “exquisite solos” while the Times-Picayune described him as “a brilliant concertmaster and a superb violinist.” Joe is guest concertmaster of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. He is currently the associate concertmaster of both the Charlotte Symphony and the Colorado Music Festival. As a member of the Minnesota Contemporary Ensemble, he performed across the United States in critically acclaimed concerts that emphasized new music. The groupʼs debut album on the Innova label was called a “tour de force of technical ability and engaging new music” by the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Joe’s violin is a 1740 Celaniati made in Turin. WWW.JOSEPHMEYERVIOLIN.COM

Sarah Jane McMahon , Soprano

Hailed by The New York Times as “bright, active, and fastidiously musical,” and by Opera News for her “golden sound,” Sarah Jane McMahon has sung on opera and concert stages throughout the U.S. and abroad, recently performing opposite Placido Domingo, who selected her to join the Los Angeles Opera. A Masters graduate of Yale University, the many companies and orchestras she has performed with include the San Francisco Symphony, Munich Philharmonic, Washington Concert Opera, New Orleans Opera, Dallas Opera, and New York City Opera. Her performances have also taken her to Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, the Wiener Konzert Haus, Bremen’s Die Glocke, and the Santo Domingo Festival. She has recorded three albums available at: WWW.SARAHJANEMCMAHON.COM

Benjamin Atherholt , Bassoon

The primary musical arranger for Lyrica Baroque, Benjamin Atherholt has been the assistant principal bassoonist and contrabassoonist for the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra since 2006. He was acting contrabassonist/bassoonist for the Houston Symphony from 2011-2013, touring with them to Moscow, Russia and Carnegie Hall. Ben has performed with the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C, the St. Louis Symphony and the Alabama Symphony. Ben has participated in several summer festivals including Tanglewood, Sarasota Music Festival, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, and Texas Music Festival. Ben has also performed several summers with the Grand Teton Music Festival in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Ben was recently awarded the position of contrabassoonist for the Chautauqua Symphony. Ben is adjunct instructor of bassoon at Loyola University. Ben’s bassoon is a 11,000 series Heckel made in 1974.

Jaren Atherholt , Oboe

The founder of Lyrica Baroque, Jaren Atherholt is currently the principal oboist of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, a position she has held since 2007. A native of Alaska, Jaren has performed to stellar reviews as a featured concerto soloist and has been guest principal oboist with the Detroit Symphony, Florida Orchestra, and Syracuse Symphony, as well as guest associate principal oboist with the Pittsburgh Symphony. Jaren spent four summers at the Marlboro Music Festival and currently performs each summer with the Grand Teton Music Festival. Jaren serves as adjunct instructor of oboe at Tulane University. She has also served on the faculty of John Mack Oboe Camp, Interlochen Oboe Institute, the Wintergreen Music Academy, and the Vianden International Music School. Jaren plays Loree oboes.

Daniel Lelchuk , Cello

Described by the Washington Post as a “dazzling virtuoso,” Daniel Lelchuk started playing the cello before the age of five. Today, he is the assistant principal cellist of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as an internationally renowned musician, having received an award from the Angela Prokopp Foundation of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. Daniel has performed in important venues and music festivals throughout North America, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. Daniel has played solo cello recitals by invitation for European royalty. He has given chamber music concerts with such musicians as Alex Kerr, Jorja Fleezanis, Steve Wryczynski, and members of the Vienna Philharmonic.

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Gabrielle Fischler , Director NOLA Chamber Fest

Violinist Gabrielle Fischler is a third year New Orleanian, having moved from Boston where she was a co-founding member of the conductorless string orchestra Palaver Strings. Palaver Strings is an ensemble committed to diversifying the accessibility of classical music and promoting social justice and human welfare through cross-collaboration of the arts and unconventional partnerships. She currently works as a teaching artist and freelancer in the greater New Orleans area, serving on faculty at the Ellis Marsalis Center and with Make Music Nola. Other educational endeavors include maintenance of her private studio where she provides lessons and chamber music coachings, as well as visits to Musicollaborative, a community based music education service dedicated to exposing youth and families to culturally relevant music and learning. In April of this year, Gabrielle helped to launch the New Orleans chapter of Groupmuse, an organization dedicated to fostering and building community through art and classical music house concerts. Gabrielle makes local appearances with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, the New Orleans Opera, Crescent Chamber Artists, the New Resonance Orchestra, Groupmuse, Musaica, Jefferson Performing Arts Society, and other performances around the city and greater New Orleans area.

Jaren Atherholt , Executive Director

The founder of Lyrica Baroque, Jaren Atherholt is currently the principal oboist of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra and the newly appointed Assistant Professor of Oboe at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. A native of Alaska, Jaren has performed to stellar reviews as a featured concerto soloist and has been guest principal oboist with the Detroit Symphony, Florida Orchestra, and Syracuse Symphony, as well as guest associate principal oboist with the Pittsburgh Symphony. Jaren spent four summers at the Marlboro Music Festival and currently performs each summer with the Grand Teton Music Festival. Jaren serves as adjunct instructor of oboe at Tulane University. She has also served on the faculty of John Mack Oboe Camp, Interlochen Oboe Institute, the Wintergreen Music Academy, and the Vianden International Music School. Jaren plays Loree oboes.