Press Release Re-Gifting with Royalty


Artistic Director Matthew Dirst, soprano Lauren Snouffer, flautist Colin St-Martin, and violinist Elizabeth Blumentsock set the stage for a season of ambition and innovation.

 HOUSTON, TX (AUGUST 16, 2018) Leading from the harpsichord, Artistic Director Matthew Dirst joins returning soloists Lauren Snouffer (soprano), Colin St-Martin (Baroque flute), and Elizabeth Blumenstock (Baroque violin) and the Ars Lyrica ensemble for “Re-gifting with Royalty” on Friday, September 21, 2018 at 7:30 pm in Zilkha Hall at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts. Program highlights include the Fifth and Sixth “Brandenburg” Concertos by J. S. Bach, vocal and instrumental chamber works by François Couperin, and Bach’s Italian-language cantata Non sa che sia dolore(BWV 209). 

Acclaimed soprano Lauren Snouffer, a Houston Grand Opera Studio alum, has been praised by Opera News for her “clear, lovely soprano [who] reached the heights with pinpoint accuracy of attack.” Famed Baroque violin virtuoso Elizabeth Blumenstock and Baroque flutist Colin St-Martin also bring a wealth of experience and talent to this program: Blumenstock is longtime concertmaster of San Francisco’s Philharmonia Baroque, and St-Martin serves as principal flute with the Washington Bach Consort and Opera Lafayette, in addition to Ars Lyrica. Artistic Director Matthew Dirst reveals that he is “thrilled to offer—at long last—all of Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos on a single season. Each of these concertos is a marvel, and our season-long excursion with them should be quite a revelation.”

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit or call the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts Box Office at 713.315.2525. (Press 4 for Ars Lyrica Houston)

 Ars Lyrica Houston, Re-Gifting with Royalty, Friday, September 21, 2018 at 7:30 pm
Zilkha Hall at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, 800 Bagby Street

Out of the Box: Celebrating Ambition & Innovation

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