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Sweet Philomela

 

 
 
 
 
Sep 22, 2017
Ars Lyrica Houston / Zilkha Hall

Opening night of Ars Lyrica Houston's 2017/18 season of Artful Women features exotic musical works inspired by Philomela, mythical princess of Athens, whose transformation into a nightingale has fascinated poets and musicians for centuries. Soprano Sherezade Panthaki returns to the Zilkha Hall stage for evocative arias from Handel's L'Allegro, il Penseroso, ed il Moderato and Johann Adolph Hasse's lyric cantata L'Armonica, while Dennis James makes his Ars Lyrica debut on the glass harmonica, an instrument whose ethereal sounds fascinated both Hasse and Mozart. The ensemble of strings and winds soars as well, with one of C. P. E. Bach's vibrant symphonies for twelve obbligato instruments.

Sherezade Panthaki: soprano
Dennis James: glass harmonica
Elizabeth Blumenstock: violin

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