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Encore Houston, Episode 5: Ars Lyrica Houston

Ars Lyrica Houston and mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton perform music inspired by pursuit, love, and even madness.



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Ars Lyrica Houston and mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton at the Hobby Center’s Zilka Hall

On this episode of Encore Houston, Ars Lyrica Houston presents the exquisite vocal stylings of Jamie Barton, who was recently awarded the Metropolitan Opera’s Beverly Sills Award, a prestigious honor for young singers. Artistic Director Matthew Dirst conducts from the harpsichord in their season opening concert of 2015, Autumn Hunt, with a running theme of both hunter and hunted throughout. From the Persian king Xerxes (Serse in Italian) who sings of unrequited love, to Orpheus, the Greek hero who desperately seeks to bring his beloved Eurydice back from the Underworld, the concert presents works by Baroque and Classical era superstars Handel, Vivaldi, Gluck, and Haydn.

  • GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL, Excerpts from Serse
  • HANDEL, Excerpts from Semele
  • ANTONIO VIVALDI, Concerto in F major, Op. 8/3, "Autumn"
  • CHRISTOPH WILLIBALD GLUCK, Excerpts from Orfeo ed Euridice
  • VIVALDI, "Ho il cor già lacero" from Griselda
  • HANDEL, Concerto in E minor, Op. 6/3: Allegro
  • HANDEL, "Where Shall I Fly?" from Hercules
  • FRANZ JOSEPH HAYDN, Arianna a Naxos
  • Encore: DOMENICO SCARLATTI, “Vo’ cantar come a voi piace” from La Dirindina
  • Encore: VIVALDI, "Ho il cor già lacero" from Griselda
  • Jamie Barton, mezzo-soprano
  • Adam Lamotte, concertmaster
  • Matthew Dirst, harpsichord & conductor
  • Performance date: 9/13/2015
  • Originally aired: 2/4/2017

New episodes of Encore Houston air Saturdays at 10 PM, with a repeat broadcast Sundays at 4 PM, all on Houston Public Media Classical.


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Joshua Zinn

Joshua Zinn

Producer, Houston Matters

Joshua is a producer for Houston Matters on News 88.7 as well as the host of Encore Houston on Houston Public Media Classical. He joined Houston Public Media as a radio intern in 2014 and became a full-time announcer the following year. Now he prepares segments and occasionally records interviews...

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