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From Brandenburg to Esterházy

Ars Lyrica’s 2018/19 season finale travels from Brandenburg to Esterházy, with Bach’s two remaining concertos and a concerto by Franz Joseph Haydn. The second “Brandenburg” concerto offers the set’s oddest combination of soloists—recorder, oboe, violin, and trumpet—while the fourth is a stealth concerto, ostensibly for violin and two recorders, though the violinist leaves everyone in…

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Leipzig after Bach

Houston Chamber Choir’s last concert of the 2018-2019 Season, Leipzig after Bach, provides the final piece to their diverse and entertaining season of choral music. The names Johann Doles, Johann Hiller and Johann Schicht may not register with us today but they were among those entrusted with the musical life of the Thomaskirche after the…

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Flor de Lã - New Brazilian Classics

KINETIC and APERIO, Music of the America's team up for a joint season finale celebrating the sounds of Brazil. Beginning with the rarely-performed 'Concerto for Percussion and Strings' by Camargo Guarnieri and Heitor Villa-Lobos’s 'Bachianas No. 9', the program continues with a spotlight on Brazilian-American composer and guest artist, Clarice Assad. The alluring song cycle 'Elementos',…

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The Vanishing Pavilions (Southwest Premiere)

Recognized as a fearless interpreter of large-scale piano works both modern and historical, pianist Jason Hardink returns to Houston for a one-night-only performance of Michael Hersch's transcendental landmark work, The Vanishing Pavilions, for solo piano. Hailed as a "ferocious...world-containing...visionary" masterpiece by the National Review, Pavilions is a transformational and cathartic experience like no other in contemporary music. Spanning…

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San Giovanni Battista

This 1675 oratorio tells the story of the death of John the Baptist with great flair and vivid drama. The prodigiously gifted Italian composer Alessandro Stradella took no prisoners in life or in art: his vocal lines, by turns acrobatic and deeply expressive, resemble his brief but spectacular career. Our cast for this performance, the…

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Mercury presents Love & War: Baroque Style with Rachel Barton Pine

For one night only, the extraordinary Rachel Barton Pine lends her sublime musicality and talent to Mercury as soloist and leader of the Mercury ensemble in a program of concertos for Baroque Viola d’amore and violin. A concert you will not want to miss! “An exciting, boundary-defying performer – Pine displays a power and confidence…

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