Wednesday, December 7
6:00 to 8:00 pm
Relax with a glass of wine on the Rienzi terrace and see the galleries at twilight! Enjoy hors d’oeuvres, good conversation, and live music by Ars Lyrica Houston. Docents are stationed throughout the house to greet guests and talk about the collection.
Colin St. Martin, Baroque Flute
Colin St. Martin received his First Prize (bachelor of music) from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Brussels, Belgium, under the tutelage of Barthold Kuijken and continued his studies at the Early Music Institute at Indiana University where he received a master of music with performer's certificate. St. Martin is an active performer, soloist and recording artist with many of the premier early instrument orchestras and chamber ensembles in North America including Ensemble Poplinière, Opera Lafayette, the Washington Bach Consort, Ars Lyrica Houston, Mercury, The Bach Vespers of New York, Four Nations Ensemble, among others. In addition, he is co-director of Arcanum, a period instrument and vocal ensemble that performs regularly in the U.S. as well as in Europe. Beyond his performance and recording activities, St. Martin has taught master classes at many college and university schools of music such as the Eastman School of Music, the University of Alabama, Florida State University, the University of Delaware, University of Miami, Rice University, University of Houston, the University of Southern California, the University of Memphis, to name just a few.
$15 MFAH members
Drop by, or purchase your tickets in advance at Online at mfah.org
Rienzi, the MFAH house museum for European decorative arts, is situated on four acres of wooded gardens in the historic River Oaks neighborhood, about five miles from the main MFAH campus and about two miles from Bayou Bend, the MFAH house museum for American decorative arts and paintings.
Formerly the home of philanthropists Carroll Sterling Masterson and Harris Masterson III, Rienzi was designed by prominent Houston architect John Staub in 1952. Opened to the public in 1999, Rienzi houses a substantial collection of European decorative arts, paintings, furnishings, porcelain, and miniatures. Rienzi welcomes visitors for tours, family programs, lectures, music performances, and a variety of special events.