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Ars Lyrica Houston (ALH) specializes in music from the Baroque era, the “golden age” of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, as performed on period instruments with careful attention to historical style and context. Founded in Houston in 1998 by harpsichordist and conductor Matthew Dirst and incorporated in 2003 as a 501(c)(3) organization, this Grammy-nominated ensemble provides audiences with world-class performances of a wide range of dramatic, sacred, and chamber works.
Ars Lyrica offers a yearly subscription series at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Houston (some with multiple performances) plus outreach events each season in schools, museums, and other public venues. Employing local instrumentalists and singers alongside guest artists, ALH has cultivated a growing pool of early music specialists and a broad audience demographic in the Houston area. Its impact also stretches beyond Houston, enhancing the city’s cultural standing: international recognition of Ars Lyrica recordings and performances, including reviews in leading publications and a Grammy nomination for Best Opera 2011, affirm the organization’s mission and programming priorities. ALH has also appeared at major international early music festivals and at annual conventions and meetings that bring to Houston leading scholars and musicians from around the world.
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