Robin Angly & Miles Smith
& Mario Gudmundsson
Roaring Twenties Gala
1720’s meets 1920’s
An evening honoring
& Miles Smith
Saturday, March 11, 2017
- ESPERSON -
808 Travis Street
Houston, Texas 77002
Thank you to our Gala Sponsors:
Robin Angly & Miles Smith I Kathryn & Brendan Godfrey I Cameron Management I 1001 McKinney I Morton's Steakhouse I CKW Luxe Magazine I Peli Deli
Roaring Twenties Gala
1720’s meets 1920’s
Ars Lyrica’s 2017 gala, The Roaring Twenties: 1720s / 1920s, seeks to raise vital support for a 2018/19 production of Handel’s opera Agrippina. Since incorporation in 2003, Ars Lyrica has given the local premieres of a number of major works by Handel, including La Resurezzione, Susanna, Il Trionfo del Tempo, and Jephtha. Our production of Agrippina will be our first full-length operatic endeavor and our most ambitious Handelian project to-date. The artistic and production costs alone amount to $80,000, of which 50% needs to be raised this season.
The Roaring Twenties takes place on Saturday, March 11, 2017 in the historic Esperson building in downtown Houston. The evening begins with cocktails at the contemporary Rusk Lobby, and will be followed by a musical performance in the neo classic Italian Renaissance Niels Lobby with an elegant dinner served in the Art Deco Mellie Lobby. The musical program will feature acclaimed countertenor John Holiday, Ars Lyrica Artistic Director Matthew Dirst at the harpsichord, plus violinist Elizabeth Blumenstock and viola da gambist Mary Springfels in a festive mix of music from the 1720s and the 1920s—Handel meets the jazz age!
About the Artists:
In repertoire encompassing George Frideric Handel’s Giulio Cesare in Egitto to Jonathan Dove’s Flight and beyond, countertenor John Holiday’s expressive and richly beautiful voice has made him an increasingly sought after artist, possessing a “vocal instrument that threatens to equal the name artists in his range.” (Herald Times) Recently, Mr. Holiday received third prize at Plácido Domingo’s Operalia Competition held in Los Angeles, California. In the 2016-2017 season, John Holiday will reprise Huang Ruo’s Paradise Interrupted at the Lincoln Center Music Festival and Singapore Arts Festival. On the concert stage, he sings the Messiah with the Nashville Symphony, Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms with the Phoenix Symphony, and Tolomeo in Giulio Cesare with Boston Baroque. In the summer of 2017, he returns to the Glimmerglass Festival to make his debut in the title role of Xerxes. As an advocate of new works, Mr. Holiday will make his debut with Opera Philadelphia singing the role of John Blue in a world-premiere of Daniel Roumain's We Shall Not Be Moved, a production directed by the award-winning Bill T. Jones.
Ars Lyrica Founder & Artistic Director Matthew Dirst is the first American musician to win major international prizes in both organ and harpsichord, including the American Guild of Organists National Young Artist Competition (1990) and the Warsaw International Harpsichord Competition (1993). Widely admired for his stylish playing and conducting, the Dallas Morning News recently praised his “clear and evocative conducting” of Handel’s Alexander’s Feast, which “yielded a performance as irresistibly lively as it was stylish.”
Dirst’s recordings with Ars Lyrica have earned a Grammy nomination and widespread critical acclaim. His degrees include a PhD in musicology from Stanford University and the prix de virtuosité in both organ and harpsichord from the Conservatoire National de Reuil-Malmaison, France, where he spent two years as a Fulbright scholar. Equally active as a scholar and as an organist, Dirst is Professor of Music at the Moores School of Music, University of Houston, and Organist at St Philip Presbyterian Church in Houston. His book Engaging Bach: The Keyboard Legacy from Marpurg to Mendelssohn was published by Cambridge University Press in 2012. He is also the editor of Bach and the Organ, which appears in the Bach Perspectives series from the University of Illinois Press in early 2016.
Esperson Photos by Mabry Campbell
MABRY CAMPBELL IS A FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHER FROM HOUSTON, TEXAS. HE WORKS IN BLACK & WHITE FUSED PRIMARILY WITH VERY LONG EXPOSURES TO CREATE IMAGES OF AN ALTERED REALITY SHAPED BOTH BY HIS VISION AND HIS DESIRE TO IMPRESS AN INITIAL MOMENT OF CONFUSION UPON THE VIEWER. HIS IMAGES ARE DEVOID OF DISTRACTION WITH SIGNIFICANTLY INCREASED SUBJECT PRESENCE. MABRY’S BLACK & WHITE FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHY HAS GARNERED NUMEROUS INTERNATIONAL AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS SINCE 2013. HE EARNED HIS LIBERAL ARTS DEGREE FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN AND HIS MBA FROM RICE UNIVERSITY. HE IS A MEMBER OF THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF MEDIA PHOTOGRAPHERS + FINE ART GROUP, THE HOUSTON CENTER FOR PHOTOGRAPHY AND THE TEXAS PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY. MABRY IS MARRIED WITH TWO DAUGHTERS.