Matthew Dirst at Bayou Bend

In addition to a subscription series at Zilkha Hall, Ars Lyrica provides performances throughout the Houston community. Artistic Director Matthew Dirst offers at least one lecture per year on the Artful Thursday series at the Museum of Fine Arts. These lectures focus on upcoming Ars Lyrica programs and their relationship with broader themes in the arts. Ars Lyrica programs highly successful gallery concerts at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston in multiple locations including Bayou Bend, Rienzi and MFAH main galleries. Please join our list for notices about special free performances and promotions. Send us your name and contact info.

Upcoming Events:

Join us on Thursday, June 7, 2012, 6:30 p.m. for Artful Thursdays at Museum of Fine Arts, Houston before attending “Heaven and Hell” on June 8 or 10!
Baroque Gestures: A lecture-demonstration that explores gesture and drama at the dawn of the 17th century by Matthew Dirst, Associate Professor of Music at the Moores School of Music, University of Houston, and Artistic Director of Ars Lyrica Houston, with Catherine Turocy, Artistic Director, New York Baroque Dance Company.

The performing, literary, and visual arts cross paths once a month at Artful Thursdays. Dance groups, musicians, singers, authors, and artists create programs inspired by the MFAH art collections and exhibitions. A reception, with great giveaways, follows each program.

“We’re so pleased for Ars Lyrica and its growing success under your direction and Matthew’s phenomenal talent. It’s a joy to see and hear!”
—Adele and Toni Gorody

Praise for “Les Plaisirs de Versaillles”
“What a perfect afternoon; you should be proud! It was a fete champetre, made me think of rococo and Boucher paintings....it was so lovely, I do so admire and respect you for what you are achieving with Ars Lyrica. Please keep it up and give us more Rienzi experiences. Compliments to all the performers.”
—Ann Thompson, Opera lecturer