Mercury: A Baroque Christmas with Lauren Snouffer

Get a sneak peek at soprano Lauren Snouffer, scheduled to appear in Houston Grand Opera’s upcoming Show Boat, when she performs in A Baroque Christmas with Mercury in a joyful concert of seasonal treasures from the 17th and 18th century repertoire. The program includes Scarlatti's Christmas Cantata, Corrette's Noel Symphony No. 4 and Handel's Gloria with Antoine Plante at the podium. Here's some trivia for classical music fans: Handel's Gloria was probably composed in 1706, but wasn't performed until 2001 after it was found in a collection of his arias in the Royal Academy of Music's library in London. The piece has been called ''fresh, exuberant and a little wild in places, but unmistakably Handel.'' Sounds like the perfect Mercury piece.

See our profile of Mercury Artistic Director Antoine Plante in the Art Attack 100 Creatives series.
Fri., Dec. 7, 8 p.m.; Sat., Dec. 8, 8 p.m., 2012


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