Thursday, September 26, 2019, 7:30 pm

Great Chamber Music in the Historic Auditorium at Lafayette Middle

The Auditorium at Lafayette Middle.

If you love great, live music, you'll love Lyrica Baroque, a unique collective of artists who perform as a special kind of classical chamber ensemble. The concert, in the beautiful, overlooked Auditorium at Lafayette Middle, is set for 7:30 p.m. on September 26. Listed on the National Registry of Historic Places, Lafayette Middle School is located at 1301 W University Ave., at the intersection of W. University and Versailles.The performance is offered by UpStage.

Tickets for the performance are $20 and UpStage encourages ticket buyers to join its Robin Hood Club by buying an extra ticket for someone who cannot. Robin Hood ticket will be distributed by UpStage.

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 highly creative and artistically excellent group performed in August as part of the celebrated Chautauqua Festival in New York.

Performing September 26 will be Jaren Atherholt, oboe; Gabrielle Fischler, violin; Benjamin Atherholt, bassoon; Robert Holm, piano and Sasha Massey, soprano. The program includes solos, trios and works for the full ensemble, including Handel’s four-movement Trio Sonata No. 3 and Let the Bright Seraphim; In mezzo all'onde irate by L. Vinci and other pieces.

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 baroque, classical or their own arrangements, Lyrica Baroque combines the soaring beauty of operatic singing with the exquisite sounds of woodwinds, strings, and piano. The result is an intimate, vocally-inspired evening that infuses the repertoire with great variety and drama. Their unmatched versatility, coupled with truly stellar performances offers a new and exciting experience in classical music.

“We can't wait for this performance by this fantastic ensemble, especially because it take's place in one of Lafayette’s most important hidden venues,” says Jacqueline Lyle, UpStage’s creative director. “The Auditorium at Lafayette Middle is comfortable, centrally-located and perfect for chamber music."

Because the ensemble collaborates for performances as a changing collective, Lafayette-based soprano Sasha Massey—who attended Lafayette Middle School—will sing on the current Lyrica Baroque tour.

“It will be exciting for me to sing in the Auditorium at Lafayette Middle,” says Massey. “That is where I received some of my earliest musical training from Lerone Rubin.” In addition to her other professional engagements, Massey is the cantor at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist.