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Classical masquerade

Partying Venetian style: Ars Lyrica rings in new year with a costumed classic

By Joel Luks

So what if the a capella sing-a-long of "Auld Lang Syne" wasn't in perfect tune? Taking charge of the traditional New Year's Eve song were Ars Lyrica artistic director a ...

Get your mask on

Houston's most unique New Year's Eve party: You'll need a mask — and an open mind

By Naomi Galvez

New Year's Eve is a time to consider past memories, make promises to the future and then party like there's no tomorrow. The only question is: Where and how will you choose to celebrate? ...

Ticket to French Opulence

Party like it's 1699: Ars Lyrica travels to baroque world of musical pleasures

By Naomi Galvez

During the reign of Louis XIV, critics bashed the royal court's lavish lifestyle. The fine clothing, wine, jewels . . . the regent's penchant for the best of everything could understandably ...

Cultural Tourism Lives Here

New music festival to put Houston on the early music map as it draws national attention, curiosity

By Joel Luks

Ask and you shall receive, so they say. In a nutshell, that's how the first annual Texas Early Music Festival was born. With a healthy dose of planning and a pinch of serendipity, the weeke ...

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Your weekly guide to Houston: Five (plus) don't-miss events — plus Texas' Mardi Gras tips

By Joel Luks

On the itinerary this week is a healthy dose of great tunes, New Orleans-style parties, raucous galas and quirky science fiction love affairs — with lasers. Do this: Click on the link bel ...

Waltzes, a sword fight & a sing-a-long

Happy times ahead: Ars Lyrica's New Year Vienna fete polkas away from convention — thankfully

By Joel Luks

Vienna, land of sachertorte, apfelstrudel, Wiener schnitzel, the Schönbrunn Palace and the Habsburgs, mused such classical music giants as Mozart, Beethoven, Haydn, Brahms, Schubert, Mahler an ...

A match made in heaven

Get happy: Ars Lyrica and Orpheus Chamber Singers explore the joyful, festive side of Bach

By Joel Luks

Ask anyone to hum a tune by Bach — and I am willing to put cash behind this prediction — and most likely they will default to the intimate Prelude of the Suite No. 1 in G Major for ...

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Your weekly guide: Five (plus) don't-miss events — a wild Betty White & Menil birthday included

By Joel Luks

On the schedule this week are a couple of big name comediennes, musical fabulousness, foodie heaven, a fundraiser to enliven preservation efforts and world premiere performances featuring the oeuvr ...

Getting personal

How does art inspire you? Houston's arts leaders offer a collage of thoughts

By Joel Luks

Why do we love art? What is it about the arts that inspires us personally, spiritually and academically? CultureMap reached out to major art leaders and art makers for their innermost thoughts ...

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As universal as Shakespeare: Ars Lyrica goes to hell & back in a heart wrenching, timeless concert

By Joel Luks

Ingrained in poetic Shakespearean texts, notwithstanding their archaic yet delicious patois, there are themes that reach beyond their setting and generation. No one denies that his stories of unful ...

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