Ars Lyrica Artistic Director Matthew Dirst will have his hands full this New Year’s Eve at the group’s Venetian Carnival. Joining the ensemble for this special performance are guitarist Richard Savino, baroque flautist Colin St Martin and sopranos Blair Doerge and Melissa Givens. The program features opera excerpts, chamber concertos and vocal duets by such composers as Monteverdi and Vivaldi. The fun goes on even after the music stops with a gala in the Hobby Center’s lobby featuring Champagne, hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction. Dirst and the ensemble will lead everyone in a rendition of “Auld Lang Syne” at the stroke of midnight. Oh, don’t forget to bring your mask – this is a carnival, after all.
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9 p.m. performance; 10:30 p.m. gala. 800 Bagby. For information, call 713-315-2525 or visit arslyricahouston.org. Performance $35 to $55; gala $75.
Tue., Dec. 31, 9 p.m., 2013