Lyrica Baroque is a unique gathering of musical talent who perform as a special kind of chamber ensemble. By blending the most compelling aspects of chamber music and opera, Lyrica Baroque represents a new expression of classical music, one that appeals to chamber music lovers, opera lovers, and symphony lovers alike. Whether playing standard repertoire or their own arrangements, Lyrica Baroque captures the soaring beauty of operatic singing with the exquisite sounds of woodwinds, strings, and piano. The result is an intimate, vocally inspired interpretation that infuses the repertoire with great variety and drama.
Lyrica Baroque’s artists have achieved broad acclaim in violin, cello, oboe, bassoon, piano and voice respectively. By collaborating with guest artists, the ensemble can venture into many different kinds of musical territory, exploring a wider range of styles and bringing more variety and excitement to the group’s répertoire.
Established in 2009, Lyrica Baroque is a two-time winner of Best Chamber Music Performance in Gambit Magazine’s Tribute to the Classical Arts. The group has performed in popular venues such as St. Mary’s Church in the Ursuline Convent, Tulane University’s Dixon Hall, and the St. Louis Cathedral and collaborated with celebrated organizations such as The Historic New Orleans Collection, New Orleans Friends of Music and the New Orleans Opera Association.
Lyrica Baroque offers a high level of excellence that is both visually captivating and artistically inspiring. Their unmatched versatility, coupled with truly stellar performances offers a new and exciting experience in classical music.
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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.
The founder of Lyrica Baroque, Jaren Atherholt is the principal oboist of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra and 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.
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 Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, 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.
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
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