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Houston Debuts First Annual Texas Early Music Festival

The "Big Baroque Four" of Houston team up to showcase Houston's innovative Early Music programming in March, setting the stage for an annual state-wide festival.

This weekend, all four of the “Big Baroque” organizations in Houston – Mercury, Ars Lyrica, Da Camera and Houston Early Music – will have back-to-back early music programs. This “lunar eclipse” of Houston’s early music leaders is an opportunity for the early music scene that cannot be passed up. The leaders of Mercury, Ars Lyrica and Houston Early Music have created a special promotion – the Houston Baroque Marathon weekend – and have set the stage for a Houston-based, Texas Early Music Festival in spring 2014.

The first Houston Baroque Marathon weekend will take place March 8, 9 and 10, 2013, setting the stage for a full-on Texas Early Music Festival the following season (Spring 2014). Houstonians are invited to sample the dynamic repertoire each of these organizations has to offer this weekend, including,

  •         Friday, March 8, 2013 at 8:00 pm | Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater (Mercury – The Orchestra Redefined) at Wortham Center, Cullen Theater

A program of dramatic and intimate vocal compositions featuring three of the Baroque era’s finest sacred works.  Soprano Amanda Forsythe and countertenor Tim Mead join Mercury for an evocative evening at the Cullen. 

  •         Saturday, March 9, 2013 at 8:00 pm | Le Poéme Harmonique: Venezia (Da Camera and Houston Early Music) at Wortham Center, Cullen Theater

In its Houston debut, the award-winning ensemble performs music from 17th-century Venice. 

  •         Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 6:00 pm | Acis & Galatea (Ars Lyrica) at Zilkha Hall, Hobby Center for the Performing Arts

Ars Lyrica performs Handel’s pastoral masterpiece Acis and Galatea, directed by Tara Faircloth and featuring a vibrant cast: soprano Blair Doerge, countertenor Ryland Angel, tenor Derek Chester, baritone Michael Kelly, and bass-baritone Timothy Jones.

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