Ars Lyrica is picking up right where it left off. After closing last season with the poignant finish of Henry Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, Houston’s baroque ensemble will launch its 2022-23 season with another helping of the melancholy, gently dissonant harmony that bears Purcell’s trademark.
In Artistic Director Sarah Rothenberg’s mind, a quintessential DACAMERA season must have a balance of beloved masterpieces performed by great musicians from the classical world, and fantastic jazz of varying styles that reflect the ever-widening genre.
The Tobin Collection of Theatre Arts contains artifacts dating back centuries, and its exhibitions sometimes revel in that broad historical panorama. But The Great Stage of Texas, running through July 24 at San Antonio’s McNay Art Museum—the collection’s home—could hardly be more contemporary.
If the 2021-2022 theater season was about getting back on stage for many Texas performing arts companies, Theatre Under The Star’s 2022-2023 season might be best described as a season ready to take that big breath, then sing, dance and celebrate life renewed.
Society for the Performing Arts is now Performing Arts Houston, but Meg Booth, chief executive officer, makes it clear that their mission to bring the world of music, dance, theater as well as cultural speakers to the city is still fundamental to who they are after 50 years.
Describing herself as “relentlessly optimistic,” Khori Dastoor officially took over the reins as Houston Grand Opera (HGO)’s General Director and CEO in January 2022, becoming the first woman to lead the prestigious company in its 67-year history.
The Dallas Symphony Orchestra has been fortunate. Except for recasting a few concert programs in January after a few cases of omicron cropped up among its musicians—who recovered—it has been able to operate “full go-ahead” this season as planned, executive director Kim Noltemy says.
“This is our third year trying to do our 25th year,” says Houston’s unofficial dance ambassador Nancy Henderek, whose annual springtime Dance Salad Festival (for reasons you can probably guess) took an unexpected hiatus in 2020 and again in 2021.