Ars Lyrica Houston presents New Year’s in Berlin Sunday, December 31, in Zilkha Hall – Hobby Center For The Performing Arts.
Ars Lyrica’s annual New Year’s Eve celebration — which includes an elegant dinner, musical program, and festive gala — is always our most popular event of the year.
For New Year’s Eve 2017 we visit the Berlin salon of Sara Itzig Levy, whose home was a meeting place for literary and musical giants, including Bach’s eldest sons and the young Felix Mendelssohn, Levy’s grandnephew.
This Levy-inspired program includes several works from her legendary collection, including a W. F. Bach flute concerto and a C. P. E. Bach double concerto for fortepiano and harpsichord — a work closely connected with our legendary hostess, who played one of the solo parts at its 1788 première.
Featured Guests & Soloists:
Mario Aschauer, fortepiano
Matthew Dirst, harpsichord
Colin St Martin, traverso
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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