On one weekend in March 2013, all four of the "Big Baroque" organizations in Houston - Mercury (formerly Mercury Baroque), Ars Lyrica, Da Camera and Houston Early Music - will have back-to-back early music programs. This "lunar eclipse" of Houston's early music leaders is an opportunity for the early music scene that cannot be passed up. The leaders of Mercury, Ars Lyrica and Houston Early Music have created a special promotion - the Houston Baroque Marathon weekend - and have set the stage for a Houston-based, Texas Early Music Festival in spring 2014.
A longtime aspiration of Matthew Dirst (Ars Lyrica) and Antoine Plante (Mercury), the Texas Early Music Festival will showcase the city's diverse arts economy, attracting tourism dollars to the local industry and providing national exposure to the Houston early music scene. With the stars aligned, 2013 is the perfect year to dip the proverbial toe in the water, with a Houston Baroque Marathon weekend!
The first Houston Baroque Marathon weekend will take place March 8, 9 and 10, 2013, setting the stage for a fullon Texas Early Music Festival the following season (Spring 2014). Houstonians are invited to sample the dynamic repertoire each of these organizations has to offer in March 2013.