Start the new year off on a high note at Ars Lyrica Houston's A Neapolitan New Year. The evening features a performance of J.A. Hasse's Marc Antonio e Cleopatra with soprano Ava Pine (whom the Dallas Morning News calls "dazzling") and mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton. That's followed by a New Year's Eve gala with party favors, nibbles, music and, did we mention, plenty of champagne? 8:30 p.m. Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, 800 Bagby. For information, call 713-315-2525 or visit www.arslyricahouston.org. $21.25 to $51.25.
Thu., Dec. 31, 8:30 p.m., 2009