Esther & Jonah
Collaboration with Ars Lyrica Houston



Friday, February 16, 2018 | 7:30 P.M.

Collaboration with Ars Lyrica Houston


Zilkha Hall

The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts

800 Bagby Street, Houston

Season subscribers receive a discount.

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FELSTED     Jonah

HANDEL     Esther



7:00 P.M. with the artists


Presented in collaboration with Ars Lyrica Houston as part of the Houston Early Music Festival, this program comprises two concise music dramas from opposite ends of the eighteenth century: Handel’s Esther (1718) and Samuel Felsted’s Jonah (1775).


With gorgeous arias and stirring choruses, Handel’s first English-language oratorio celebrates an Old Testament heroine’s ultimate victory over the forces of evil. Such works provided valuable models for Samuel Felsted, a composer born to an English family in Jamaica in the early 1740s. His concise setting of the story of Jonah and the whale is the first American oratorio.



Rick Erickson, Conductor (Jonah)

Matthew Dirst, Conductor (Esther)

Jennifer Bates, Soprano

Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen, Countertenor

Eduardo Tercero, Tenor

Bach Choir

Ars Lyrica Houston



Join us for a reception after the

performance to meet the artists.