Ars Lyrica Houston

Berkeley Festival debut
Taking Flight: from the birds and the bees to Icarus and Dedalus

8:00 PM Tuesday, June 3
FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH  – 2345 Channing Way (entrance at Dana and Durant).

Tickets: $45/35/28, $15 students under age 30 with ID – BUY TICKETS

Taking Flight — a program all about flight, from the natural world of the birds and the bees to the legend of Icarus. Works drawn from the rich, virtuosic chamber repertoire of the French and Italian Baroque animate this program, which features French-Italian soprano Céline Ricci in Handel’s evocative cantata Tra le fiamme (Out of the Flames).


J.-F. Rebel – Les plaisirs champêtres (dance suite)
J.-J. Cassanéa de Mondonville – Excerpts from the Pièces de clavecin avec voix ou violon, Op. 5
Anonymous – Sonata sopra la Folia
M.-A. Charpentier – Sonate a 5
G. F. Handel – Tra le fiamme

About Ars Lyrica Houston

Céline Ricci, soprano
Kathryn Montoya, recorder / oboe
MaryAnn Shore, recorder / oboe
Adam LaMotte, violin
Yung-Hsiang Wang, violin
Mary Springfels, viola da gamba
Barrett Sills, cello
Richard Savino, theorbo / guitar
Matthew Dirst, harpsichord / Artistic Director

Ars Lyrica Houston. Photo: Anthony Rathbun.

Ars Lyrica Houston. Photo: Anthony Rathbun.

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. 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 distinctive programming, drawn from the rich chamber and dramatic repertories of the 17th and 18th centuries, “sets the agenda for imaginative period instrument programming in Houston,” according to the Houston Chronicle. The ensemble’s first commercial release, on Naxos International, features the world première recordings of Alessandro Scarlatti’s La Concettione della Beata Vergine and Euridice dall’Inferno. This disc brought international recognition to the ensemble: Gramophone, the leading journal of the classical recording industry, praised this CD for its “exemplary skill and taste,” and Ars Lyrica’s musicians for their “impassioned performance” of never-before recorded works. 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. For more information visit

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