Summer Zephyr

Courtesy of Jacqueline Altobelli Artistic Director Matthew Dirst


Past Event
$37 to $59

Location Info:

Hobby Center for the Performing Arts
800 Bagby St.
Houston, TX  77002
“Hot, bothered and breezy.” That’s how Ars Lyrica founder and Artistic Director Matthew Dirst describes his upcoming production of Summer Zephyr, 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 $37 to $59.

[Organizer's description:]

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.
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