In celebration of the exhibition “Tudors to Windsors: British Royal Portraits from Holbein to Warhol" at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Ars Lyrica Houston presents an afternoon of chamber music connected with English royal patronage spanning the 17th and 18th centuries. Hear works by composers such as George Frideric Handel, Matthew Locke, and Nicola Matteis. Performers are Brandi Berry, violin; Michael Leopold, theorbo; and Eric Smith, viola de gamba. Entrance is free with admission to the exhibit!
In addition to its subscription series in Zilkha Hall and school outreach activities, Ars Lyrica provides performances throughout the Houston community. Ars Lyrica's outreach initiative is aligned with our mission to revive important musical works and practices. Through presentations of period instruments and demonstrations of historical performance practices, we strive to demystify the music of the Renaissance, Baroque, and Classical periods. An ongoing partnership with the Museum of Fine Arts has resulted in a number of programs and lectures at MFAH facilities (including Bayou Bend, Rienzi, and MFAH main galleries) that complement visual art exhibitions. Through joint events and cross-promotion with partners including Harmony in the Air,The Houston Methodist Hospital's Center for Performing Arts Medicine, Houston Early Music Festival, M.E.C.A., Theater District Open House, Discovery Green, The Children’s Museum of Houston, Foreign Consulates, and Heights Kids’ Day of Music, Ars Lyrica continues to reach out to new and diverse audiences and make a significant impact on the community.
"Ars Lyrica is one of the finest ensembles of its kind ... and greatly enriches the musical life of the City of Houston." - Robert Cole, Artistic Director, Berkeley Early Music Festival and Exhibition
“We’re so pleased for Ars Lyrica and its growing success under your direction and Matthew’s phenomenal talent. It’s a joy to see and hear!” — Adele and Toni Gorody
“What a perfect afternoon; you should be proud! It was a fete champetre, made me think of rococo and Boucher paintings....it was so lovely, I do so admire and respect you for what you are achieving with Ars Lyrica. Please keep it up and give us more Rienzi experiences. Compliments to all the performers.” — Ann Thompson, Opera lecturer