Ars Lyrica Houston

Sunday, December 19, 2021, 4 p.m.
Corpus Christi Church

Matthew Dirst, conductor and harpsichord
Camille Ortiz, soprano; Cecilia Duarte, mezzo-soprano
Five instrumentalists

Crossing Borders

What better way to enjoy the holidays than with Ars Lyrica Houston, the celebrated ensemble from Texas, directed by Matthew Dirst and featuring the singers Camille Ortiz and Cecilia Duarte. The festive, toe-tapping Crossing Borders contains western-hemisphere music that shows the rich flowering of Hispanic culture during the 16th through 18th centuries. The vocalists and instrumentalists perform villancicos, romances, and a wealth of other compositions by Roque Ceruti, José Duran, Antonio de Salazar, Manuel Joseph Duron, and others.

“Matthew Dirst, artistic director of Ars Lyrica Houston, has an unerring ability to put together programs that are musically rich and varied, framed in fascinating historical context, and vividly brought to life by the finest guest soloists and musicians.”—Arts & Culture Texas

The virtual program becomes available on Sunday, December 26, 4 p.m. ET, followed by a live Q&A, and remains viewable until January 9. 

Artist Bios and Program

Founded in 1998 by harpsichordist and conductor Matthew Dirst, Ars Lyrica Houston presents a diverse array of music in its original context while creating connections to contemporary life. Intelligent programming features neglected gems alongside familiar masterworks while developing their dramatic potential, emotional resonance, and expressive power, especially in the realm of early music. Its local subscription series, according to the Houston Chronicle, “sets the agenda” for early music in Houston. Ars Lyrica appears regularly at international festivals and concert series because of its distinctive focus. Its pioneering efforts in the field of authentic performance have won international acclaim, including a Grammy nomination (Best Opera, 2011) for J. A. Hasse’s Marc Antonio e Cleopatra.

Kinga Ferguson, executive director
Emma Wine, operations and outreach manager


Individual Tickets
Preferred Center: $55/$50
Center: $45/$40
Premium Balcony and Sides: $40/$35
Balcony: $30/$25
Partial View: $15/$10
Blocked View: $10/$5
Virtual Concert: $15

Season Subscriptions
Regular Subscription: $132-$252
Partial Subscriptions: discount from 12% to 23%
Virtual Subscription: $60

Student Tickets
We offer $5 student tickets to all in-person and virtual concerts.