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New Year’s in Berlin

Ars Lyrica Houston, 4807 San Felipe, Suite 202, Houston, United States     Movie

New Year’s in Berlin Sunday, December 31 Pre Concert Dinner* at 7:30 pm New Year's in Berlin Concert at 9:00 pm Post Concert Gala* at 10:15 pm Zilkha Hall / Hobby Center For The Performing Arts Ars Lyrica’s annual New Year’s Eve celebration—which includes an elegant dinner, musical program, and festive gala—is always our most popular event of the year. For New Year’s Eve 2017 we visit the Berlin salon of Sara Itzig Levy, whose home was a meeting place for literary and musical giants, including Bach’s eldest sons and the young Felix Mendelssohn, Levy’s grandnephew. This Levy...






february 2018

Esther & Jonah

Ars Lyrica Houston, 4807 San Felipe, Suite 202, Houston, United States     Movie

Esther & Jonah Friday, February 16 at 7:30 pm Zilkha Hall / Hobby Center For The Performing Arts Produced in collaboration with Bach Society Houston as part of the 2018 Houston Early Music Festival, this program comprises two concise music dramas from opposite ends of the 18th century: G. F. Handel’s Esther (1718) and Samuel Felsted’s Jonah (1775). With gorgeous arias and stirring choruses, Handel’s first English-language oratorio celebrates an Old Testament heroine’s ultimate victory over the forces of evil. Such works provided valuable models for Samuel Felsted, a composer born t...






april 2018

Long Live the Queen

Ars Lyrica Houston, 4807 San Felipe, Suite 202, Houston, United States     Movie

Long Live the Queen Saturday, April 7 at 7:30 pm Zilkha Hall / Hobby Center For The Performing Arts This regal program commemorates two beloved female patrons with J. S. Bach’s rarely heard Trauerode, written for the 1717 funeral of Christiane Eberhardine of Saxony, and Handel’s 1713 Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne. Both works call for multiple soloists, chorus, and unusually expressive orchestral forces, including two violas da gamba and lutes in the Bach cantata and an echo trumpet at the beginning of Handel’s ode. A stellar array of soloists and the award-winning UH Moores Schoo...






may 2018

A Day with Marie Antoinette

Ars Lyrica Houston, 4807 San Felipe, Suite 202, Houston, United States     Movie

A Day with Marie Antoinette Saturday, May 19 at 7:30 pm Zilkha Hall / Hobby Center For The Performing Arts Our season finale conjures up an artful day chez France’s most famous queen, from intimate morning music lessons to a spectacular evening concert. By turns rustic and elegant, this program offers a violin concerto by Marie Antoinette’s music teacher Joseph Bologne (the Chevalier de Saint-Georges), a Mozart flute quartet, a dance suite from Gluck’s Orphée et Eurydice, and Haydn’s “Paris” Symphony No. 85, subtitled “The Queen.” SOLOISTS & FEATURED ARTISTS Cynthia Robert...




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