, an evening of classical compositions presented for one night only at the Hobby Center. On the selections themselves, Dirst has cut no corners in creating a wide variety of sounds and styles. “I started with Vivaldi’s Summer
, because we divided up the four concertos that comprise Vivaldi’s Seasons
for this [past] season’s programming,” the maestro says. “Then, around the theme of summer, I’ve added pieces that complement [the selection].” Those works include pieces by both sons of Bach: “a virtuosic harpsichord concerto” by Wilhelm Friedemann Bach, and a “big symphonic piece” by Carl Philip Emanuel Bach, as well as a “big piece of Mozart, the Exsultate, jubilate
, which is quite a familiar piece and a spectacular vehicle for a soprano.” For Dirst, part of the joy of compiling the set list is in promoting works that he feels don’t get their proper due. “[Some] great works don’t get enough airtime. I love sharing a good, obscure piece with our audience.” 7:30 p.m. June 3. 800 Bagby. For information, call 713-315-2525 or visit arslyricahouston.org
. $37 to $59.
Ars Lyrica’s 2015/16 Season comes to a close with a program celebrating the warm and sometimes unpredictable winds of summer. Virtuosic flights of fancy abound on this program, which features Vivaldi’s Summer, J. S. Bach’s Harpsichord Concerto in D Minor, W. A. Mozart’s Exsultate, Jubilate, and three outstanding soloists.
“Hot, bothered and breezy.” That’s how Ars Lyrica founder and Artistic Director Matthew Dirst describes his upcoming production of