From The Directors

Artful Women

Muse, Heroine, Musician, and Patron

Sweet Philomela
Friday, September 22 at 7:30 pm

Italian Sirens
Sunday, November 12 at 6 pm

New Year’s in Berlin
Sunday, December 31 at 9 pm

Esther & Jonah
Friday, February 16 at 7:30 pm

Long Live the Queen
Saturday, April 7 at 7:30 pm

A Day with Marie Antoinette
Saturday, May 19 at 7:30 pm



Today’s musical world is increasingly diverse in virtually all spheres, from classical to pop. That artistic diversity encourages audiences and practitioners to reconsider ingrained habits and tastes; the art becomes newly relevant. Great Composers may still dominate the musical landscape, but lesser-known figures have made significant inroads into the repertory. We’ve also benefitted greatly from increased scholarly and popular enthusiasm for the musical customs and practices of past eras: “period-instrument performance” began in academia but is now a global phenomenon—one that we’re delighted to share with you.

Ars Lyrica Houston has always embraced this inquisitive attitude, in programming that offers a broad mix of dramatic and chamber music from the “Golden Age” of the 17th and 18th centuries, when all music aspired toward the lyric ideal. That trajectory continues during 2017/18 with Artful Women, a season of six subscription programs that explore women’s role as muse, heroine, composer, performer, and patron. Individual programs spotlight female musical pioneers, their particular modes of musical expression and patronage, and the enduring power of female icons from mythology and history.

In this brochure you will find descriptions of all 2017/18 programs plus a subscription order form. For the best seats and prices, subscribe now and take advantage of early discounts on either a four or six concert subscription.

With many thanks for your continued patronage and our best wishes.

Matthew Dirst
Artistic Director

Kinga Ferguson
Executive Director