Handel & Pergolesi
Saturday, February 10 | 8:00 p.m.
Stude Concert Hall
Rice University | 6100 Main Street
Based on a medieval poem honoring the suffering of Mary, the Stabat Mater pulls at listeners' innermost heartstrings through operatic expressivity. It's a masterpiece of sacred music and the most frequently printed single work in the 18th century. Paired with favorite arias and duets from Handel's beloved operas, this concert is not to be missed.
Founded in 2000, Mercury offers performances of a broad repertoire of music on period instruments and has garnered critical acclaim around the world. The orchestra performs more than 50 concerts a year, including a seven-concert Downtown series at the Wortham Center’s Cullen Theater which features distinctive programs like multi-media collaborations American Skies and last year’s audience favorite Bach & Piazzolla and world-class concerts with guest artists like mezzo-soprano Susan Graham and early music specialist and conductor Harry Bicket. Mercury extends its reach outside the formal concert hall with its Neighborhood Series, bringing casual, affordable and intimate hour-long performances to four Houston neighborhoods. Mercury is redefining the orchestra’s role in the community under the artistic leadership of Antoine Plante. Through its vibrant and inspiring performances, award-winning education programs, and world-class music on period instruments, Mercury is celebrating its commitment of making the power and passion of music accessible to all. For more information, visit www.mercuryhouston.org.