<i>Bachanalia</i>

Photo courtesy of Ars Lyrica Houston

Even for the most crazed Johann Sebastian Bach fanatic, there’s a decent chance that he hasn’t heard BWVs 28, 36c and 248/V/1 in a live setting. “The music was specifically written for New Year’s Eve, so it’s not a widely performed program,” says Matthew Dirst, artistic director of Ars Lyrica Houston, which is leading the audience away from the grips of 2016 and into the clutches of 2017 during Bachanalia. The early-music ensemble, along with soloists Melissa Givens, Ryland Angel, Joseph Gaines and David Grogan, is performing “a bubbling concerto that encapsulates the conflicting emotions we feel at the passing of the old and the beginning of a new year,” says Dirst. The evening is part of a nightlong celebration that includes a pre-concert dinner and a post-show gala and silent auction.

9 p.m. Saturday. The Hobby Center, 800 Bagby. For information, call 713-315-2525 or visit arslyricahouston.org. $39 to $75.
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