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Friday, September 22, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday, September 22 at 7:30 pm
Zilkha Hall / Hobby Center For The Performing Arts
Opening night of our 2017/18 season of Artful Women features exotic musical works inspired by Philomela, mythical princess of Athens, whose transformation into a nightingale has fascinated poets and musicians for centuries. Soprano Sherezade Panthaki returns to the Zilkha Hall stage for evocative arias from Handel’s L’Allegro, il Penseroso, ed il Moderato and Johann Adolph Hasse’s lyric cantata L’Armonica, while Dennis James makes his Ars Lyrica debut on the glass harmonica, an instrument whose ethereal sounds fascinated both Hasse and Mozart. The ensemble of strings and winds soars as well, with one of C. P. E. Bach’s vibrant symphonies for twelve obbligato instruments.
Sherezade Panthaki, soprano
Dennis James, glass harmonica
Elizabeth Blumenstock, violin