Ars Lyrica Houston, Da Camera, Houston Chamber Choir, Mercury, and River Oaks Chamber Orchestra collaborate in a five-concert subscription series designed to attract young professionals. The series, called Circle of Fifths, includes special event invitations, backstage tours, a ‘bring a friend’ pass, complimentary drinks, and opportunities to mix and mingle with other concert-goers. Set at the reasonable price of $99.00, subscriptions will go on sale Friday, July 22nd, 2016. This dynamic series includes the following concerts:
Handel's Jephtha, Sat, Oct. 15, 7:30pm Ars Lyrica Houston, Hobby Center for Performing Arts, Zilkha Hall Handel’s final masterpiece sets an Old Testament tale about a warrior’s foolish promise to God and its terrible consequences. The austere subject matter (from the Book of Judges) becomes pure gold in Handel’s hands; his oratorio is full of beautiful melodies, searing choruses, even a surprise ending. A Window into the Russian Soul, Saturday, Nov. 12, 7:30 Houston Chamber Choir, South Main Baptist Church The brilliant young Russian conductor Elena Sharkova takes us into the depths of the mysterious Russian soul in a moving concert featuring works by Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff and the Houston Premiere of Chimes by Valery Gavrilin. Brass Quintet, Friday, January 27, 6:00pm River Oaks Chamber Orchestra, MATCH The ROCO Brass Quintet is distinct from other professional groups in Houston in that it champions modern classical music, while also performing music from the Renaissance and Baroque eras, as well as jazz music by American composers such as Duke Ellington. The ensemble offers a unique concert experience while upholding the familiar ROCO characteristics of virtuosic performance and approachability. Brentano String Quartet--Art of the Fugue, Friday, March 3 8:00pm Da Camera, Cullen Theater, Wortham Center The Brentano Quartet presents a cornerstone of classical music in a new way, elucidating and visualizing the fugue with a performance installation created by engineer Gabriel Calatrava. Schubert, Death and the Maiden, Friday, April 6, 7:30pm Mercury, MATCH The String Quartet No. 14 in D minor, known as Death and the Maiden, by Franz Schubert, is one of the pillars of the chamber music repertoire and will be the heart of this concert. Audiences will be moved by this powerful, evocative arrangement for string orchestra, originally recorded by Mercury in 2014.
The young professional’s subscription series introduces audiences to five of Houston’s premiere ensemble and chamber music organizations providing an environment in which to network and create connections. “The idea for the series grew out of a desire to cultivate younger audience members that will act as our next generation of concert goers within the vibrant Houston arts scene,” says Paige Myrick, Marketing and Communications Manager with Houston Chamber Choir. “The future of the arts lies within the audience’s ability to engage with fellow arts enthusiasts and the musicians themselves.” This concert series invites young audience members to come together to experience the incredible artistry provided by Houston chamber and ensemble organizations, many of which are considered ‘home-grown’ and utilize Houston-based musicians. “The subscription is designed to cover a wide range of genres and programming. We’d like to think of this as a musical passport to Houston.”