Our 6th Season has developed from asking "who are we and what are our wishes?" Ensemble Lyrae has spent many months reflecting, questioning, and enjoying the discovery of who we are and what we want to bring to the world. Our name was chosen for the constellation Lyra, comprised of five stars, and is associated with Orpheus and his lute. As our constellation shifts in time, we welcome a new light and new sound!
With the naked eye, approximately 6,000 stars can be seen in optimal conditions. It's no wonder that these tiny balls of gas have fascinated humans for centuries; been invaluable to prophets, sailors, and ancient civilizations; and served as inspiration to countless poets, composers, and artists alike.
Ensemble Lyrae's 2022-2023 Season, "Star light, Star bright," uses the stars to guide our music and storytelling. The simplicity of the timeless nursery rhyme might seem trite in these trying times, but we find that simplicity is clarity.
Saturday, May 20 at 7:00 PM
St. John the Evangelist Parish
2254 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA
Advance Tickets: $15 General Admission; $10 Seniors/Students
Tickets at the door: $20 General Admission; $15 Seniors/Students
Sunday, May 21 at 5:00 PM
Our Lady, Star of the Sea Parish
85 Atlantic Ave., Marblehead, MA
A freewill offering will be accepted at this concert.
Sublime works to illuminate and inspire.
We conclude our 2022-2023 season with "Star bright," a concert bursting with music that delves into the mystical and compelling relationship humans have with the distant heavenly lights.
We are thrilled to present a world premiere of "Research" by Carson Cooman, a work commissioned by Ensemble Lyrae. The piece uses text written by Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin (1910–1979), who was Harvard's first female professor, first female chair, and who discovered the components of stars. This concert will also feature another newly commissioned work, "Twinkle," by Joshua Hummel. We'll also share music by Morten Lauridsen, Susan LaBarr, Amy Burnon, Claude Debussy, Jason Robert Brown, and many more.
Welcome, Sarah Kornfeld!
Sarah Kornfeld is a singer and actress hailing from Boston. She is known for her versatility in performing various musical genres, including opera, oratorio, and musical theater.
Sarah's recent performances include the role of Aphrodite in the exciting new musical "Pandora" with Blue Spruce Theater, and she was also featured as the soprano soloist in Handel's Messiah with Chorus North Shore. She has also sung several concert engagements with American Classics, and was recently featured in their season-closing concert "Cartoon Tunes".
Sarah's versatility as a singer has been evident in her performances in various musical theater and classical music productions in the Boston area, including standout roles such as Rose Stopnick Gelman in "Caroline, or Change" with Moonbox Productions. She has also been featured in productions with The Lyric Stage Company, Opera Hub, and Boston Opera Collaborative. Sarah has also collaborated with the Boston area music groups Songful Artists, Odyssey Opera, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, and Opera Boston.
Her recent concert work has showcased her range and skill as a soprano, with notable performances in works by composers such as Vivaldi and Bach. She has been a guest artist with several concert series, including The Boston New Music Initiative, Boston Metro Opera, Longwood Opera, and Boston Unhinged.
Sarah Kornfeld is an accomplished musician, holding degrees from Westminster Choir College and Brandeis University. For more information about Sarah, please visit her website, www.sarahkornfeld.com.
Welcome back, Tim Flores!
After his phenomenal playing for our "Star light" program, Ensemble Lyrae is delighted to have pianist, Tim Flores, joining us again for our "Star bright" performances!
Tim Flores is a German-American pianist, collaborator, educator, and music director currently based in the greater Boston area. Tim’s passion towards contemporary music has led him to premiere countless works by young composers as well as uncover music by lesser known composers from around the world and even take on challenging works as soloist with orchestra. Tim was recently seen performing the in-person premiere of Hsiu-Ping (Patrick) Wu’s Work “Ignite” for Piano Soloist and orchestra.
Tim has worked with eminent contemporary pianists such as Bruce Brubaker, Lisa Moore, Donald Berman as well as pianists Richard Goode, Till Fellner and more in lessons and masterclasses as well as perform works under the guidance of composers such as Sebastian Currier, Angelica Negron and Eve Beglarian.
As a music director, Tim has worked as both conductor, pianist, and vocal coach on numerous musical and opera productions! His musical decisions and leadership have been called “dynamic”, “high-octane” and “expert” by Broadway World. As a collaborative pianist Tim’s work can be heard on Aaron Campbell’s debut Album “For Those That Wander” and throughout the Boston area as a chamber musician and accompanist with various ensembles and organizations such as MassOpera, Boston Symphony Youth Orchestras, Promenade Opera Project, Ensemble Lyrae, Ensemble Uncaged, and his newly formed Piano and Wind Sextet funded through a generous grant by Mass Cultural Council.
In addition to recently joining the Piano Faculty at The University of Hartford - Hartt Community Division, Tim is also a part of the Collaborative Piano Staff at the Longy School of Music supporting both instrumental and vocal departments and holds a faculty position at the Groton Hill Music Center. Tim lives with his wife and son in Acton, MA where he maintains a small private piano studio. Tim holds degrees from The Longy School of Music of Bard College and the University of South Florida.