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Bach, Handel, and Hercules: 2021/2022 Season Opener
September 24 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm CDT
Ars Lyrica returns to the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts with a morality tale set to music by both Bach and Handel.
The iconic strongman Hercules earned his place in the pantheon not through conquests but rather for his wisdom and honor. A pillar of mythology since Antiquity, Hercules faces a familiar dilemma, one that found significant resonance in the Baroque era, when ancient stories were a principal source of moral instruction. Both composers treat Hercules’ temptation and ultimate embrace of virtue with ravishing arias and grand ensembles.
On the program
G. F. Handel, The Choice of Hercules, HWV 69
J. S. Bach, Hercules at the Crossroads, BWV 213
Steven Brennfleck, tenor
Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen, countertenor
Leia Lensing, mezzo-soprano
Nola Richardson, soprano º
Jason Zacher, baritone
º Ars Lyrica debut