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The leader among Houston’s early music ensembles
- Houston Chronicle

Out of the Box 2018/2019 Season Preview:

"Stepping Out: Ambition Defines Ars Lyrica's Next Season" -Sherry Cheng, Arts+Culture Texas

A Day with Marie Antoinette:

"Ars Lyrica Houston Celebrates Female Contributions to Society"
-Lawrence Elizabeth Knox, Houston Chronicle

"Ars Lyrica Honors Philanthropic Mothers who are Dedicated to the Arts and Instill Their Passion in Their Children" -Shannon Langman, CKW LUXE 

Long Live the Queen:

"Music Fit for a Queen or Two - Ars Lyrica's Regal Offering" - Cherry Cheng, Arts + Culture

A Roman Feast Gala:

"Young Houston socialite couples score record breaking musical gala" -Culture Map Houston

"Ars Lyrica Houston: 207/2018 Season Gala: A Roman Feast -CKW LUXE Magazine

Esther & Jonah:

"Ars Lyrica, Bach Society strike tantalizing chord" -Eric Skelly, Houston Chronicle

New Year's in Berlin:

"Ars Lyrica Houston: New Year's Celebration 2017" -CKW LUXE Magazine

Italian Sirens:

"Italian Sirens and Other Female Composers Take Center Stage at Ars Lyrica" - Chris Becker, Houstonia Magazine

Artful Women 2017/2018 Season Preview:

"Year of the Woman: Ars Lyrica's Upcoming Season Celebrates Artful Women" - Sherry Cheng, Arts+Culture

"Ars Lyrica Houston announces 2017-18 season, a tribute to women"             - Wei-Huan Chen, Houston Chronicle   

Don Quixote's Excellent Adventures Review:

"Ars Lyrica Lends a Musical Tilt to Don Quixote in Season Finale: A sprawling program of period music showcases Cervantes' most enduring work" -Doni Wilson, Houstonia

Homage to the Sun King: 

"Ancient Airs: New York Baroque Dance Company Performs with Dallas Bach Society and Ars Lyrica" Nancy Wozny, A+C Texas

Autumn Hunt Review: 

"[Jamie] Barton Lets Vocal Fireworks Fly In Baroque Showcase" - Classical Voice America

Heart & Soul

Devotional works from the German Baroque for voice, strings, and organ.  With a renowned British counter-tenor Ryland Angel, Matthew Dirst on the Fritts organ at St Philip Presbyterian Church, and Ars Lyrica core players. 


Founded in 1998 by harpsichordist and conductor Matthew Dirst, Ars Lyrica Houston presents a diverse array of music from the 17th and 18th centuries on period instruments. Its local subscription series, according to the Houston Chronicle, “sets the agenda” for early music in Houston and it also appears regularly at major festivals and conferences, including the 2014 Berkeley Early Music Festival & Exhibition. Ars Lyrica’s distinctive programming favors Baroque dramatic and chamber works, and its pioneering efforts have won international acclaim: the ensemble’s world première recording of Johann Adolf Hasse’s Marc’Antonio e Cleopatra, hailed by Early Music America as “a thrilling performance that glows in its quieter moments and sparkles with vitality,” was nominated for a Grammy Award® for Best Opera 2011.

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