FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ARS LYRICA PRESENTS THE HOUSTON PREMIERE OF “SAN GIOVANNI BATTISTA”
HOUSTON, TX (FEBRUARY 18, 2019) The Grammy nominated Ars Lyrica Houston ensemble performs the Houston premiere of Alessandra Stradella’s oratorio, San Giovanni Battista on Saturday, March 30, 2019 at 7:30 pm in Zilkha Hall at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts. Artistic Director Matthew Dirst leads the Ars Lyrica core ensemble and soloists Sherezade Panthaki (soprano), Jay Carter, (countertenor), Joseph Gaines (tenor), and Sam Handley (bass) in the oratorio based on the death of John the Baptist.
The highly acclaimed soloists will thrill with vocal acrobatics as they interpret the dramatic story. Artistic Director Matthew Dirst describes, “We’re delighted to present the Houston premiere of Stradella’s San Giovanni Battista. This oratorio has been on my list for several years: it’s a wonderfully dramatic setting of the story of Herod, Salome, and John the Baptist — with lots of vocal fireworks!”
Soloists: Jay Carter, countertenor; Sherezade Panthaki, soprano; Joseph Gaines, tenor; Sam Handley, bass-baritone
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