Venetian Carnival: Ars Lyrica’s New Year’s Eve Celebration

Early music ensemble Ars Lyrica Houston’s annual New Year’s Eve concert in the Hobby Center’s Zilkha Hall focuses on music from 17th– and 18th-century Venice and its famous carnival.  Artistic Director Matthew Dirst talks with St.John Flynn about Ars Lyrica’s Venetian Carnival.

In celebration of Venice and its carnival tradition, Ars Lyrica will ring in the New Year with exotic music from the City of Masks.  Sopranos Melissa Givens and Blair Doerge, plus Baroque flautist Colin St. Martin and guitarist Richard Savino, share the stage with the Ars Lyrica ensemble, led by artistic director Matthew Dirst from the harpsichord.

Venetian Carnival spotlights the music of the Most Serene Republic’s finest composers, including Monteverdi and Vivaldi, in vocal duets, chamber concertos and opera excerpts.  The performance will be followed by Ars Lyrica’s annual holiday gala in the Hobby Center’s Grand Lobby. In line with this year’s Venetian theme, masks are encouraged!

Venetian Carnival, December 31st, 9PM, in the Hobby Center’s Zilkha Hall.

For more information, visit Ars Lyrica online.


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