Eternity and the Underworld

The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts 800 Bagby St, Houston, TX

This program sets old against new, the promise of everlasting peace against the frustration of unfulfilled dreams. Bach’s meditation on death in Cantata 82 depicts the great beyond as a peaceful refuge. One of his best-known vehicles for solo voice, Ich habe genug also blends the melancholy sound of the Baroque oboe with accompanying strings, …

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Crossing Borders

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston 1001 Bissonnet St, TX

Crossing Borders explores a crucial moment in the musical history of the New World: when European musical traditions began to mingle with indigenous musical practices. This festive program for the holiday season includes villancicos and romances for voices and ensemble plus instrumental works drawn from the rich repertoire of 17th- and 18th-century colonial and Latin …

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An Uncommon Chevalier

The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts 800 Bagby St, Houston, TX

This program transports us to a lively Parisian concert hall in the mid 1780s, just before the Revolution changed everything. An accomplished composer, violinist, conductor, fencer, and dancer, Joseph de Bologne became the toast of Paris in the early 1770s. The son of a plantation owner and an African slave, the younger mixed-race Bologne acquired …

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Dido and Aeneas

The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts 800 Bagby St, Houston, TX

Universal stories often revolve around impossible choices between love and duty, hatred and desire, will and destiny. The consequences of such turning points are both beautiful and tragic in opera especially. The 2021/22 Ars Lyrica season concludes with a new production of the first masterpiece of English opera. Henry Purcell, early modern England’s greatest musical …

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The Well-Tempered Clavier at Rienzi: Concert 2

Rienzi, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston 1406 Kirby Dr, Houston, TX

Rienzi is a jewel in the crown of the Museum of Fine Arts Houston. Its dramatic setting, focused on the European decorative arts, is the perfect pairing for our historically informed performances. Ars Lyrica Artistic Director Matthew Dirst continues his survey of Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier with two performances of excerpts from Book 1 in the …

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