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ARS LYRICA HOUSTON – Semper Fantasticus!

San Francisco Early Music Society

San Francisco Early Music Society ARS LYRICA HOUSTON – Semper Fantasticus!

The San Francisco Early Music Society will welcome in the new year with a trio of powerhouse players including harpsichordist Matthew Dirst, violinist Elizabeth Blumenstock and gambist Mary Springfels. Under the banner of Ars Lyrica Houston Chamber Players, they’ll perform a program exploring the “fantastical style” among Italian and German composers of the 17th and early 18th centuries – Bertali, Rognoni, Biber, Buxtehude, Bach and more. Founded in 1998 by Dirst, Ars Lyrica Houston is the leading early music group in Texas, whose pioneering efforts have won international acclaim, including a Grammy Award nomination for their world premiere recording of Johann Adolf Hasse’s Marc’Antonio e Cleopatra. Blumenstock and Springfels, together with Dirst, formed the subset of Ars Lyrica Chamber Players several years ago, performing programs in Houston and Santa Fe, New Mexico. Their concerts in the Bay Area next month mark their West Coast debut as a trio, though each individually has a lengthy history in the region.

Additional Dates:
Fri January 11, 2019 8:00pm
First Presbyterian Church
Sun January 13, 2019 4:00pm
Saint Mark's Lutheran Church, San Francisco

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Dietrich Buxtehude (1637–1707)

Sonata III for violin, viola da gamba, & continuo

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750)

BWV 866, BWV 889

Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber (c1644–1704)

Sonata V in E Minor for violin & continuo

Philipp Heinrich Erlebach (1657–1714)

Sonata Terza in A Major

Johann Jakob Froberger (1616–1667)

Capriccio II in G (Livre de 1656)


Matthew Dirst

Director, harpsichord

Mary Springfels

viola da gamba

Elizabeth Blumenstock

baroque violin