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

Scherzi musicali:

“Take Heart: The best valentines are surprises” -Houston Chronicle

A Mid-Winter Night’s Dream Gala:

“Shades of Shakespeare: Ars Lyrica Houston Kicks Off the Upcoming A Mid-Winer Night’s Dream Gala” -CKW LUXE Magazine

Baroque Dazzle-Dazzle:

“Ars Lyrica Toasts 2019 with a Glittering New Year’s Eve Gala”
-Abby Ledoux, Houstonia

“A New Year’s Celebration Sparkles with Music, Dancing, and a Dazzling Backdrop” -CKW LUXE Magazine

“12 Days of Classical Music Makes Houston’s Holiday Season Very Merry” - Susie Tommany, Houston Press


“Review: Ars Lyrica’s Agrippina” - Steven Brown, Arts + Culture Texas

“Ars Lyrica Houston makes a successful leap into opera with Handel’s Agrippina” - Steven Brown, Texas Classical Review

“Ars Lyrica Delivers a Magnificent Production of Agrippina” - D. L. Groover, Houston Press

“Before Handel’s ‘Messiah’ is everywhere, hear his lively opera” - Andrew Dansby, Houston Chronicle

“With Agrippina, Ars Lyrica Gets a Handel on Opera”
- Holly Beretto, Houstonia Magazine

“Castle Capers Thrill Houston Opera Lovers: Ars Lyrica Houston stages a vivacious rendition of Handel’s Agrippina” - Shannon McKirchy, CKW LUXE

Re-Gifting with Royalty:

“Ars Lyrica Houston masters the etiquitte of regifting”
- Lawrence Elizabeth Knox, Houston Chronicle

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

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

The First Organ Concertos
Reconstructions of works by G.F. Handel & J.S. Bach

Matthew Dirst, Organ | Members of Ars Lyrica Houston

World Release: Sept 28th, 2018
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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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