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Bach, Handel and Hercules

 
 
 
 
 
Sep 24, 2021
Ars Lyrica Houston / Zilkha Hall

G. F. Handel, The Choice of Hercules, HWV 69
J. S. Bach, Hercules at the Crossroads, BWV 213

Ars Lyrica returns to the Hobby Center 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.

Nola Richardson, soprano˚
Leia Lensing, mezzo-soprano
Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen, countertenor
Steven Brennfleck, tenor
Jason Zacher, bass-baritone

˚Ars Lyrica debut