From their website:  Lyra is a private nonprofit organization and Baroque music ensemble founded in 1984 and incorporated in 1985. Initially marketed as The Lyra Concert, it is now known as Lyra Baroque Orchestra. In the fall of 1985, Lyra launched its first full season with five concerts in St. Paul, a three-concert series in Menomonie, Wisconsin, and a single performance in Rochester, Minnesota.

Lyra's mission is to present the highest quality performances of seventeenth and eighteenth century music. Lyra pursues this mission through the use of period instruments and historically informed performances presented to a wide and diverse audience. Two principles inform Lyra's artistic vision:
1) To cultivate the growth and participation of various musical and organizational partners, including guest players, guest vocalists, board members, advisors, donors, and volunteers.
2) To utilize the highest caliber Baroque experts as guest soloists, guest directors, and guest section leaders to facilitate the musical growth of individual players, the ensemble, and the community.

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pastordianen - 24 Apr 2012