Founded in 1998 by harpsichordist and conductor Matthew Dirst, Ars Lyrica Houston is a Texas-based ensemble that performs world-class Baroque music on period instruments.
The Grammy-nominated ensemble specializes in music from the golden age of the 17th and 18th centuries. Ars Lyrica’s world premiere recording of J.A. Hasse’s Marc Antonio e Cleopatra brought the ensemble its first Grammy nomination for “a thrilling performance that glows in its quieter moments and sparkles with vitality” (Early Music America).
Ars Lyrica’s latest Sono Luminus recording, of Domenico Scarlatti’s comic intermezzo La Dirindina and his chamber cantata Pur nel sonno, was released in August 2012.
In addition to its concert and recording activities, ALH offers diverse educational and outreach programs that focus on enriching the concert experience and expanding audience interest. The organizations’ efforts include school workshops and collaborations, demonstrations of period instruments, performances at nontraditional venues and lectures.
Inspired by the French royal court’s “Cabinet of Musical Pleasures,” this fun-loving program offers exquisite though rarely heard w... View Details
On New Year’s Eve Ars Lyrica celebrates Venice and its carnival tradition with exotic music from the City of Masks. Sopranos Melissa Givens and... View Details
This modern world première of a 1703 oratorio by Alessandro Scarlatti features Canadian soprano Meghan Lindsay in her Ars Lyrica début ... View Details
Ars Lyrica is proud to present the Texas première of this magnificent Handel oratorio on the Old Testament story of Susanna andthe Elders, sta... View Details
Ars Lyrica presents the Texas première of this magnificent Handel oratorio on the Old Testament story of Susanna andthe Elders, starring mezzo... View Details
Ars Lyrica’s 2013-2014 season finale is a program of springtime Baroque favorites, including two gorgeous Bach wedding cantatas featuring sopra... View Details