Flying High

The story of poor, doomed Icarus — and how his hubris caused him to fly too close to the sun, which melted his wax-and-feather wings, plunging him to death by drowning in the sea — is one of Greek mythology’s most endearing stories (not to mention a handy metaphor for the careers of some politicians and entertainers…). The Baroque music-based Ars Lyrica Houston opens its 2014-15 season with a musical take on the story — as well as some of the more celebratory stirrings of the airborne — in Flying High. French and Italian Baroque chamber works — some of which are nimble-footed dances — illustrate the tale. It features French-Italian soprano Céline Ricci (shown above) and viola da gambist Mary Springfels as spotlighted players.

6 p.m. Zilkha Hall, Hobby Center, 800 Bagby. For information, call 713‑622‑7443 or visit arslyricahouston.org. $36 to $57.
Sun., Sept. 7, 6 p.m., 2014

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Bob Ruggiero has been writing about music, books, visual arts and entertainment for the Houston Press since 1997, with an emphasis on classic rock. He used to have an incredible and luxurious mullet in college as well. He is the author of the band biography Slippin’ Out of Darkness: The Story of WAR.
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