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Music Ensemble Ars Lyrica Houston and Rothko Chapel to Present Meditative Program for Summer Solstice
by Marissa Tomeo - May 28, 2022

On June 21st, Grammy-nominated early music ensemble Ars Lyrica Houston, in collaboration with the Rothko Chapel, will present a reflective program of medieval music, entitled Contemplation in Light, in observance of the Summer Solstice. Two mainstage Ars Lyrica musicians, mezzo-soprano Cecilia Duarte and percussionist Jesús Pacheco, have carefully curated an hour-long immersive experience in the Rothko Chapel with solo voice and percussion instruments.

Ars Lyrica Announces Its 2022-2023 Season Of Sounding Legacies Photo Ars Lyrica Announces Its 2022-2023 Season Of Sounding Legacies
by A.A. Cristi - May 9, 2022

The Grammy-nominated ensemble Ars Lyrica Houston has announced its 19th season, “Sounding Legacies.”

Ars Lyrica Houston Presents Purcell's DIDO AND AENEAS in May Photo Ars Lyrica Houston Presents Purcell's DIDO AND AENEAS in May
by Stephi Wild - Apr 12, 2022

 Ars Lyrica Houston concludes its 2021-22 season with a fully staged production of Henry Purcell’s beloved opera “Dido and Aeneas,” with performances on Saturday, May 21st at 7:30 pm and Sunday, May 22nd at 2:30 pm in Zilkha Hall, Hobby Center for the Performing Arts.

Ars Lyrica Houston Transports Audiences Back In Time With AN UNCOMMON CHEVALIER Photo Ars Lyrica Houston Transports Audiences Back In Time With AN UNCOMMON CHEVALIER
by A.A. Cristi - Feb 3, 2022

Ars Lyrica Houston, the Grammy-nominated early music ensemble, continues their innovative Turning Points season with their first in-person performance of 2022, An Uncommon Chevalier, on March 27th.

Ars Lyrica Houston to Present Tricentennial Bach Celebration Photo Ars Lyrica Houston to Present Tricentennial Bach Celebration
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jan 27, 2022

Ars Lyrica Houston, the Grammy-nominated early music ensemble,  will celebrate 300 years of the Well-Tempered Clavier by Johann Sebastian Bach with an online video series, Biweekly Bach, and third concert of a series of intimate in-person performances highlighting the iconic collection.

Ars Lyrica Houston Will Present ETERNITY AND THE UNDERWORLD Next Month Photo Ars Lyrica Houston Will Present ETERNITY AND THE UNDERWORLD Next Month
by Stephi Wild - Oct 13, 2021

Ars Lyrica Houston, the Grammy-nominated early music ensemble, mounts the first of two staged operas this season on a program entitled Eternity and the Underworld.

Tricentennial Bach Celebration Finds Home At Rienzi Photo Tricentennial Bach Celebration Finds Home At Rienzi
by A.A. Cristi - Oct 6, 2021

Ars Lyrica Houston, the Grammy-nominated early music ensemble, celebrates 300 years of The Well-Tempered Clavier by Johann Sebastian Bach with a series of intimate performances at Rienzi, the MFAH house museum for European decorative arts.

Ars Lyrica Returns Home To The Hobby Center Photo Ars Lyrica Returns Home To The Hobby Center
by A.A. Cristi - Aug 10, 2021

Featuring contrasting interpretations of the Herculean myth by both Bach and Handel, the concert marks the homecoming for the ensemble to the Hobby Center on Friday, September 24, 2021 at 7:30 p.m. Headlining the program is a pantheon of remarkable singers including countertenor Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen, mezzo-soprano Leia Lensing, tenor Steven Brennfleck, baritone Jason Zacher, and soprano Nola Richardson, who is making her debut with Ars Lyrica.

Ars Lyrica Announces Turning Points Season Photo Ars Lyrica Announces Turning Points Season
by A.A. Cristi - Jun 23, 2021

Ars Lyrica Houston has announced its 17th season, which celebrates a return to the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, live audiences, and to a milestone set of performances. The season introduces a long-awaited chamber series at Rienzi, the MFAH house museum for European decorative arts, alongside its popular mainstage subscription series at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts. Highlights of the 2021/22 season, aptly entitled Turning Points, include the organizational firsts of two operas in a single season and contemporary work for solo voice and historic instruments. 

A BACH KEYBOARD EXTRAVAGANZA Celebrates 300th Anniversary From Coast To Coast Photo A BACH KEYBOARD EXTRAVAGANZA Celebrates 300th Anniversary From Coast To Coast
by A.A. Cristi - Jun 14, 2021

Ars Lyrica Houston’s harpsichordist and conductor Matthew Dirst collaborates with The Baroque Music Festival, Corona del Mar and The San Francisco Early Music Society (co-presenter) to offer an immersive concert experience to an international audience through an online program.