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Artful Thursday: Handel’s “Alexander’s Feast”

  • THE MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, HOUSTON LAW BUILDING 1001 Bissonnet St Houston, TX, 77005 United States (map)


Presented by Matthew Dirst, artistic director, Ars Lyrica, and professor of music, Moores School of Music, University of Houston; and Yulia van Doren, soprano

Matthew Dirst provides a preview and insights into Ars Lyrica's 2014–15 season-finale performance of George Handel's Alexander’s Feast—Or, The Power of Music, produced in collaboration with Bach Society Houston. This remarkable musical tale—a rarely heard oratorio—relates how the rapturous song of a musician named Timotheus aroused and moved Alexander the Great.

The music is placed in the context of depictions of Alexander the Great and St. Cecilia: Alexander served as inspiration for the composition, which was written to celebrate Saint Cecilia's Day. Yulia van Doren—often hailed by critics for her “perfect baroque voice” (Seattle Times)—performs solo excerpts.

About Artful Thursdays
Once a month, the visual arts cross paths with dance and music, prose and poetry, fashion and film, science and psychology through performances, discussions, and other events at the Museum. This program is free! Drop in to participate. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.