Even though the Theater District took on serious water during Hurricane Harvey, Ars Lyrica’s season opener, Sweet Philomela
, will still fill the Hobby Center’s Zilkha Hall with compositions by Handel, Mozart, Bach, Hasse and Telemann. “We’re still thrilled it is going to happen,” says Executive Director Kinga Skretkowicz-Ferguson. “The Hobby Center took some floodwater damage, but they’ve been working tirelessly, drying everything off. It’s really a miracle the damages weren’t that extensive.” Taking the theme of “Artful Women,” this one-night-only affair stars soprano Sherezade Panthaki and glass-harmonica virtuoso Dennis James. Invoking the music lover of Greek myth who lends the evening its name, Skretkowicz-Ferguson adds, “The Philomela and the nightingale are an inspiration to many composers, as the sorrowful transformation into a bird speaks more than words.”
7:30 p.m. Friday. 800 Bagby. For information, call 713-315-2525 or visit arslyricahouston.com
. $33 to $55.