Player Spotlight ~ Members of Lyra Baroque

Cheryl Zylla, Baroque Viola Opus 79, 1690 “Medici” Strad, 1986
Marc Levine, Baroque Violin Opus 85, 1713 “Rosenblith” Strad, 1986

Cheryl Zylla“Hello Mr. Cox, I play your baroque Viola #79 since 1990, with Lyra Baroque. Recently a new colleague , Marc Levine, has joined us. When I saw his violin, I immediately wondered if it was related to mine---and it is! We just wanted to let you know that Marc & I both adore the sound & playabilty of our "voices". I cannot imagine playing baroque music without my Viola! Sincerely, Cheryl Zylla”

Cheryl Zylla performs on violin, viola, and viola d'amore with such groups as Lyra Baroque, Consortium Carissimi, Bach Society Orchestra, Ensemble Sebastian, Ensemble Polaris, Baroque Orchestra of Iowa, Wooddale Church Orchestra.

She is a Member of Local 30-73 Twin Cities Musicians Union and is a frequent Adjudicator for MacPhail Center for Music Master Class series, Minnesota Youth Symphonies, Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies, Thursday Musical, Schubert Club, as well as public and private school Solo & Ensemble Contests.

Marc Levine

Marc Levine's versatile performances have been described as "eloquent as well as technically superb combining technical mastery with emotional perceptiveness and beautiful sound" (Southampton Press). He is Artistic Director of the Southampton Cultural Center Chamber Music Series, has been a member of the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble and The New Tango Project with whom he recorded in collaboration with the Center for Contemporary Opera. As a baroque violinist, Marc was a prizewinner in the 2008 American Bach Soloists International Competition for Baroque Violin and is a member of the Lyra Baroque Orchestra (Concertmaster, Principal 2nd violin, section) and Early Music New York (Principal 2nd violin, section) with whom he has recorded on the Ex Cathedra label and provided “vividly rendered instrumental interludes” (The New York Times). In addition to past chamber music performances with Jacques Ogg, Marc Destrube and Arthur Haas, Marc is a founding member and frequent performer with the baroque ensemble Flying Forms. With Flying Forms, Marc has presented regular concerts throughout the midwest and east coast of the United States at universities and on concert series, lectured to college seminars, produced and was music director of a fully staged opera, won many grants and created The Baroque Room, a new performance space in downtown Saint Paul, MN.

Lyra Baroque is a professional Baroque music ensemble based in Saint Paul, Minnesota which has been performing regionally and internationally since 1985. Lyra presents historically informed, seventeenth and eighteenth century musical performances to a wide and diverse audience, utilizing period instruments and intimate seating arrangements to provide a meaningful, unique musical experience. Under Artistic Director Jacques Ogg, Lyra has expanded its reach to include concerts in Spain, collaborations with numerous acclaimed local and international guest artists, and educational programs for both children and adults.

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