Lyra Baroque Orchestragets an early start on its 35th season with a concert Aug. 9 in Rochester.

The concert, "Across the Alps," features music that came from Italy in the 17th and 18th centuries and spread northward through Europe. Pieces to be performed include Vivaldi's Ouverture l'Olimpiade, Concerto in G Minor and Concerto in C Major, along with Caldara's La Morte de Abel: Introduzione, and J.S. Bach's Harpsichord Concerto in F Minor.

The Twin Cities-based early music ensemble is directed by harpsichordist Jacques Ogg, from the Netherlands. Guest artist for this concert is violinist Pedro Gandia Martin, from Spain.

Lyra's "Across the Alps" is part of the Twin Cities Early Music Festival, which explains the early start to the season.

The Rochester concert is at 7:30 p.m. at Mount Olive Lutheran Church, 2830 18th Ave. NW. A pre-concert talk is at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets are $30 for adults, $25 for seniors and MPR members, $5 for students, available at lyrabaroque.org and at the door.

The rest of the 2019-2020 season:

  • Oct. 4, "Concerti," CPE Bach Harpsichord Concerto, Cello Concert
  • Nov. 22, "Les Caracteres de la Danse," Works by Rebel and LeClair
  • Jan. 24, "Passagi," pieces featuring the cornetto of guest artist Bruce Dickey
  • March 20, "Requiem," Pergolesi's Stabat Mater, and Jommelli's Requiem
  • May 8, "Jubileum!" 35th anniversary concert. J.S. Bach, Handel, Telemann.

All of the Rochester concerts are at Mount Olive Lutheran Church. Lyra also performs at Sundin Hall at Hamline University in St. Paul on the day following the Rochester concert.