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2018 Houston Early Music Festival (HEMF): 2017/18 Artful Women: Esther & Jonah

Fri
Feb
16
Friday, February 16
7:30PM - 9:30PM

800 Bagby
Houston, Texas 77002
713-315-2525

Ars Lyrica Houston presents Esther & Jonah Friday, February 16 at 7:30 pm, in Zilkha Hall – Hobby Center For The Performing Arts.

Produced in collaboration with Bach Society Houston as part of the 2018 Houston Early Music Festival, this program comprises two concise music dramas from opposite ends of the 18th century: G. F. Handel’s Esther (1718) and Samuel Felsted’s Jonah (1775).

With gorgeous arias and stirring choruses, Handel’s first English-language oratorio celebrates an Old Testament heroine’s ultimate victory over the forces of evil.

Such works provided valuable models for Samuel Felsted, a composer born to an English family in Jamaica in the early 1740s. His concise setting of the story of Jonah and the whale is the first American oratorio.

Featured Guests & Soloists:

Jennifer Bates, soprano
Eduardo Tercero, tenor
Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen, countertenor

Bach Choir Houston

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

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.

From the Directors
Matthew Dirst
Artistic Director

Kinga Ferguson
Executive Director


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