Classical Spectres

Photo courtesy of Ars Lyrica

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Hobby Center for the Performing Arts
800 Bagby St.
Houston, TX  77002
713-315-2525
Yes, ghosts can be wicked, but Ars Lyrica Artistic Director Matthew Dirst wants to remind you that Casper hasn’t cornered the market on friendliness, either. In fact, benevolent, otherworldly figures haunt the ensemble’s Classical Spectres, like the divine aura of Jean-Marie LeClair (Violin Concerto in D Minor, Op. 7/1); the imaginary, immortal beloved of Beethoven’s song cycle An die ferne geliebte; and Beethoven’s evocative but spooky “Ghost” Trio. “It does a bit of supernatural conjuring by going into very exotic keys and with some strange writing for the violin, the cello and the fortepiano,” says Dirst. Closing the program is Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach’s Pygmalion, a cantata based on the same tale that inspired My Fair Lady. “There’s moments of great anguish, outburst, tender melancholy it moves from one thing to another very, very quickly,” says Dirst, “the hallmark of an 18th-century melodrama.”

6 p.m. Sunday. The Hobby Center, 800 Bagby. For information, call 713-315-2525 or visit arslyricahouston.org. $22 to $65.
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