Our 2014/15 season finale provides abundant vocal and instrumental fireworks, withAlexander’s Feast—Or, The Power of Music by G.F. Handel, produced in collaboration with the Bach Society Houston. This remarkable musical tale relates how the rapturous song of a musician named Timotheus aroused and moved Alexander the Great. Ars Lyrica is proud to present this rarely heard oratorio, which makes for a formidable evening of music and story—an event you won’t want to miss!
Ars Lyrica’s season-long tribute to the Bach family continues with an evening of concertos by Johann Sebastian, Carl Philipp Emanuel, and Johann Christian Bach. Baroque violinist extraordinaire Ingrid Matthews returns for this all-instrumental evening featuring Ars Lyrica’s core string players and harpsichordist/artistic director Matthew Dirst.
Italians make everything sound romantic, especially in music! A swoon advisory is thus in effect for this performance featuring duets from Claudio Monteverdi and cantatas by Vivaldi and Scarlatti. Two rising stars of the opera world return to the Zilkha Hall stage for this special Valentine’s Day treat: countertenor John Holiday and mezzo-soprano Ellie Jarrett Shattles. This program is part of the third annual Houston Early Music Festival, which runs from February 13–15, 2015.
On New Year’s Eve, we offer a festive evening of celebration and beautiful music featuring soprano Melissa Givens and mezzo-soprano Cecilia Duarte. Grammy nominee and plucked string expert Richard Savino curates this holiday-inspired program, which includes Spanish and Latin American Baroque classics that are sure to be magnificos. Our annual fundraising gala surrounds the Zilkha Hall program with cocktails and buffet-style dinner of Spanish fare before the concert plus champagne and dessert gala afterward in the Sarofim Hall Grand Lobby with calls of “¡Feliz Año Nuevo!” at midnight. Choose one of four Fiesta options: full evening, pre-concert dinner and concert, concert and post-concert champagne gala, or concert only.
8:00 pm, Dinner
9:00 pm, Concert
10:30 pm, Gala
The first of a season-long tribute to the great Bach dynasty, this program includes a rarely performed ode by Carl Phillipp Emanuel Bach, his younger brother Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach’s cantata Die Amerikanerin, plus patriarch Johann Sebastian Bach’s beloved “Coffee Cantata.” Featuring soprano Lauren Snouffer, mezzo-soprano Sarah Mesko, tenor Zachary Averyt, and baritone Mark Diamond. This program will also be given at Cornell University on October 3, 2014, as part of an international conference on the music of C. P. E. Bach.
The 2014–2015 season opener is dedicated to the spirited and uplifting world of flight—from the natural world of the birds and the bees to the mythological figure Icarus, who soared too close to the sun. French and Italian Baroque chamber works animate this program, featuring French-Italian soprano Céline Ricci and viola da gambist Mary Springfels in G. F. Handel’s evocative Tra le fiamme. Ars Lyrica debuts with this program at the world-renowned Berkeley Early Music Festival on June 3, 2014.