ARS LYRICA RINGS IN 2016 WITH A SPECTACULAR FIRE AND ICE CONCERT AND GLITZY GALA

ARS LYRICA RINGS IN 2016 WITH A SPECTACULAR FIRE AND ICE CONCERT AND GLITZY GALA

Houston’s Grammy-nominated early music ensemble Ars Lyrica Houston dazzled guests this New Year’s Eve with the extraordinary evening of Fire and Ice at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts which included an elegant dinner at Artista Restaurant, a concert and a champagne gala.

HOUSTON, TX (JAN 2, 2015) — Glamorous décor and elegant music adorned the Hobby Center when the clock struck midnight.  Fire and Ice soloists, soprano Lauren Snouffer and baritone Mark Diamond led the joyful crowd with an a capella “Auld Lang Syne” accompanied by Matthew Dirst, Artistic Director of Ars Lyrica Houston. Cheerful song and joyful spirit filled the air at the Hobby Center, ringing in 2016 with festive moments and fireworks over the downtown skyline that guests will not soon forget. 

The festivities began with dinner at Artista Restaurant, with signature cocktails and a decadent three-course menu that featured savory dishes inspired by the evening’s theme.  Dinner was then followed by the 12th annual concert, Fire and Ice, presented by the Grammy-nominated early music ensemble. The incredibly synched voices of two rising opera stars,soprano Lauren Snouffer and baritone Mark Diamond, lured audiences to the Zilkha Hall stage in Handel’s dramatic cantata Apollo e Dafne.Violinist Adam LaMotte, who charmed audiences with his virtuosic solos in Vivaldi’s Winter Concerto from The Four Seasons, was another highlight of the evening’s heavily attended performance. Guests continued the elegant affair at the champagne and dessert gala at The Founders Club, which boasted a spectacular view of the downtown skyline and provided an elegant setting for toasting 2016 during the fireworks. 

Proceeds from the gala, which included a luxurious and entertainment-filled silent auction, raised more than $15,000 for Ars Lyrica Houston and will help support the organization to continue its mission of providing Houston area audiences with world-class, historically-informed performances of music from the 17th and 18th centuries.

Fire And Ice Gala Supporters Include: Ars Lyrica Founder and Artistic Director Matthew Dirst, Birgitt Van Wijk, Board President and Gala Chair,Silver Sponsors: Alan Austin & David A. White, Polly Johnson & Shelby Allen, and Edward & Rini Ziegler; Board: Richard Buffett, Vice-President, Richard Viebig, Treasurer, Dorry Shaddock, Secretary, Shelby Allen, Taylor Faulkner, Joseph Fleming, Jeanie Flowers, Joyce Fox, Brendan Godfrey, Ed Grusnis, Schubert Huang, Timothy Jones, John Lemen, Ed Rinehart, Dr. Lijda Vellekoop, and Eleanor Viebig; Media Sponsors:Nancy Wozny, Arts+Culture Magazine, and Nick Esquer, Houstonia Magazine.  Silent Auction Donations Provided By: American Corporate Transportation, Amy's Ice Cream, Antiquarium, Armandos Restaurant, Artista Restaurant, Bach Society Houston, Birgitt Van Wijk, British Isles, Chez Nous Restaurant, Collins Creations, Cut Loose Hair Salon, Da Camera Of Houston, Divino Restaurant, El Tiempo Cantina Restaurant, Hanh Gallery, Hobby Center For The Performing Arts, Houston Chamber Choir, Houston Grand Opera, Houston Symphony, Karbach Brewing Co., Keith Weber, Les Touches Viol Consort, Lewis & Lewis, Attorneys At Law, Pllc, Lillian Farms Country Estate, Maike's Marvels By Maike Van Wijk, Main Street Theater, Matthew Dirst, Matthew Goff, Mercury: The Orchestra Redefined, Met Dance, Metcalf Fine Art Portraits, Museum Of Fine Arts Houston, Norris Of Houston Salon & Day Spa, Opera In The Heights, Preservation Houston, Saks 5th Ave, Sambuca Restaurant, Schubert Huang - Dance Lessons, St Arnold Brewery, Studio Movie Grill, The Chocolate Bar, The Conservatory Day Spa, Theater Under The Stars, Water 2 Wine, Williams Sonoma, Zalla Massage Therapy