Ars Lyrica Houston presents Italian Sirens Sunday, November 12 at 6 pm, in Zilkha Hall – Hobby Center For The Performing Arts.
At prominent Italian courts and in forward-looking cities like Venice, the decades around 1600 saw a remarkable flowering of female musical talent—virtuoso singers especially—who took advantage of new opportunities for professional musicians.
Italian Sirens is devoted to these unique voices, as realized in the work of three remarkable early 17th-century composers: Isabella Leonarda, Francesca Caccini, and Barbara Strozzi.
This musical tricolore spotlights a trio of exceptional Houston singers in the company of a colorful continuo band of violins, cello, Baroque harp, theorbo, and harpsichord.
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About the 2017/18 Artful Women season:
Today’s musical world is increasingly diverse in virtually all spheres, from classical to pop. That artistic diversity encourages audiences and practitioners to reconsider ingrained habits and tastes; the art becomes newly relevant. Great Composers may still dominate the musical landscape, but lesser-known figures have made significant inroads into the repertory.
We’ve also benefitted greatly from increased scholarly and popular enthusiasm for the musical customs and practices of past eras: “period-instrument performance” began in academia but is now a global phenomenon—one that we’re delighted to share with you.
Ars Lyrica Houston has always embraced this inquisitive attitude, in programming that offers a broad mix of dramatic and chamber music from the “Golden Age” of the 17th and 18th centuries, when all music aspired toward the lyric ideal.
That trajectory continues during 2017/18 with Artful Women, a season of six subscription programs that explore women’s role as muse, heroine, composer, performer, and patron. Individual programs spotlight female musical pioneers, their particular modes of musical expression and patronage, and the enduring power of female icons from mythology and history.
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