Don Quixote's Excellent Adventures

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Hobby Center for the Performing Arts
800 Bagby St.
Houston, TX  77002
The man of La Mancha returns! As part of Ars Lyrica’s Fables & Follies season, Don Quixote’s Excellent Adventures offers a patchwork of medleys created in celebration of the famed fictional explorer. “Last year was the 400th anniversary of Cervantes’s death — so there’s been a lot of Don Quixote in the air,” explains Matthew Dirst, Ars Lyrica’s artistic director. “I sat down with all the music the novel’s inspired over time, and came up with a program that explores themes prominent in the text.” Among the performers will be guitarist Richard Savino, who is “known for his extensive Spanish repertoire,” alongside soprano Dominique McCormick. As for Quixote himself, Dirst offers theories on his enduring popularity: “Cervantes serves him up with a delicious dose of irony. Pieces like [’60s musical] Man of La Mancha have perpetuated his reputation, and one of the reasons he’s such a strong literary character is the fact that he’s so hapless. It’s pathetic, and hilariously funny at the same time.”

6 p.m. Sunday. 800 Bagby. For information, call 713-315-2400 or visit $39 to $65.
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