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“Semper Fantasticus”: Ars Lyrica Houston (Academy of Early Music).:

The three members of this Texas-based chamber ensemble—Elizabeth Blumenstock on violin, Mary Springfels on viola da gamba, and harpsichordist Matthew Dirst—perform music in the “fantastic style,” a mode defined by polymath Athanasius Kircher in his Musurgia Universalis (1650) as “the most free and unrestrained method of composing… bound to nothing, neither to words nor to a melodic subject [and] instituted to display genius.” The program includes examples by Bertali, Rossi, Schmelzer, Buxtehude, Erlebach, and Wilhelm Friedemann Bach (considered by J.S. Bach to be the most talented of his many children). St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 306 N. Division. Tickets $30 (seniors, $25; students, $10) in advance by Mar. 27 at AcademyOfEarlyMusic.org; $35 (seniors, $30; students, $15) at the door. 228–4338.

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