A Message about Harvey
from Antoine Plante, Artistic Director, and Brian Ritter, Executive Director
August 29, 2017
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Houston community as the havoc of Harvey continues. We’re glad to report that the staff and musicians are safe. Several experienced some harrowing moments during the last 72 hours, but are now safe and dry. For this, we are grateful...
Musical Flavors of Argentina, Germany, Italy, England and more abound in Mercury’s 2017-18 Season
August 8, 2017
Mercury Artistic Director Antoine Plante and Executive Director Brian Ritter announce the orchestra’s seventeenth season today. Beginning August 31, 2017, and featuring a vibrant mix of composers from various countries and a diverse range of works, the 2017-18 season offers something for music lovers of all ages. Piazzolla’s mesmerizing Libertango, a multi-media infused Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, traditional English Carols, Corelli’s joyful Concerto Grosso, Op. 6 No. 4, Bach’s beloved St. Matthew Passion, and an original staged performance focusing on the life and works of Clara Wieck Schumann are just a few of the incredible works that will be performed.
Mozart’s Requiem offers a grand finale to Mercury’s 16th Season
April 27, 2017
Artistic Director Antoine Plante and Mercury present Mozart’s Requiem, on Saturday, May 13 at 8 PM at the Wortham Center’s Cullen Theater for the 2016-2017 season finale. A must-see for any music lover, Mozart’s final composition is a profoundly moving work, brimming with drama, hopefulness and redemption. Audiences will experience this unforgettable masterpiece on period instruments. Joining Mercury are vocalists Yulia Van Doren (soprano), Sarah Mesko (alto), Aaron Sheehan (tenor) and Stephen Hegedus (bass), along with select members of the Houston Symphony Chorus under the direction of Betsy Cook Weber. The evening also includes Henry Purcell’s Funeral Music for Queen Mary. Major support for this concert comes from Haynes & Boone, LLP; The Albert & Ethel Herzstein Charitable Foundation; Houston Arts Alliance; Houston First; and the Houston Endowment, Inc.
Mercury traverses American music in multimedia concert
DECEMBER 14, 2016
Join a voyage through America’s past in Mercury’s next multimedia-infused concert American Skies on Saturday, January 14 at 8 p.m. at the Wortham Center’s Cullen Theater. Artistic Director Antoine Plante and Director Denis Plante collaborate again to create a concert experience melding shadow dance, stunning images, and inspiring music, in a journey through America’s ingenuity and innovation. The audience will travel from the Ice Age to the New World to Ellis Island with the growing iconic New York skyline, and will witness the thrilling tension of man’s race towards sky and space from Wilbur and Orville Wright’s first flight to NASA’s mission to the Moon, Mars and beyond. Sure to be another audience-favorite, this dramatic concert features music inspired by America including works by Dvořák, Gershwin, Barber, and Glass. This concert is made possible in part by the Houston Arts Alliance and the Houston Endowment.
Mercury celebrates the season with Vivaldi's Gloria
November 30, 2016
Artistic Director Antoine Plante and Mercury bring Vivaldi’s Gloria to the Wortham Center’s Cullen Theater on December 10 at 8 p.m. in a festive Baroque program. Joined by soloists Teresa Wakim (soprano), Abigail Fischer (mezzo-soprano) and members of the Houston Symphony Chorus under director Betsy Cook Weber, the ensemble performs one of music’s most uplifting choral works – full of high drama and musical fireworks. Experience this dazzling work paired with Vivaldi’s Lauda Jerusalem (Psalm 147), RV 609, and Concerto for Sopranino Recorder in C major, RV 443, in a perfect concert for the holiday season. This concert is made possible in part by Dr. and Mrs. Christopher Prince, the Houston Arts Alliance and the Houston Endowment.
Mercury to perform romantic favorites by Schubert and Dvorák
NOVEMBER 7, 2016
Artistic Director Antoine Plante and Mercury perform Dvořák’s String Serenade and Schubert’s Quintet in C Major on November 19 at 8 PM at the Wortham Center’s Cullen Theater. These colorful works, bursting with emotion, are brought to life under the bows of Mercury’s full string section. Dvořák’s light and lively serenade is among his most popular works and the sublime “Cello Quintet”, one of Schubert’s final works, is a masterpiece -- a wealth of complex harmonies and delicate tenderness.
Mercury announces Mercury-Juilliard Fellowship
October 3, 2016
Mercury is proud to announce a new collaboration with The Juilliard School’s Historical Performance Program. The Mercury-Juilliard Fellowship initiative encourages the development of talented young instrumentalists and fosters a strong relationship between two major players in America's period instrument performance scene. Each spring, Mercury will select up to four post-graduate students from The Juilliard School to participate in a one-year fellowship with the ensemble. Fellows will perform with Mercury during the season, gaining valuable performance experience while introducing Houston to the next generation of great period performance musicians. The 2016-2017 Juilliard Fellows are violinists Edson Scheid, Nayeon Kim, and violist Toma Iliev.
Mercury celebrates Mexican Baroque music
NOVEMBER 10, 2016
Join Mercury for a joyful celebration of music in the New World in A Mexican Baroque Christmas, curated by Artistic Director Antoine Plante, November 26 to December 3 at venues around Houston. Mexico in the 17th century was a time of great cultural and musical diversity — producing music infused with festive indigenous rhythms and dances. This family-friendly holiday concert, a part of Mercury’s Neighborhood Series, features four vocalists, percussion and strings performing the works of Mexican Baroque composers Salazar, Murcia, Padilla, Sumaya and more.
Mercury unveils new website
OCTOBER 4, 2016
Mercury is pleased to reveal its exciting new website at www.mercuryhouston.org featuring improved ways for concert-goers to connect with the orchestra, the music and Houston, at home or on the go. Mercury fans can easily buy tickets and plan their experience from doorway to dinner to downbeat or explore our award-winning education programs and other donor opportunities.
Mercury’s new site features intuitive navigation, mobile responsive design and stunning photography from Runaway Productions. Crafted by Toronto-based design studio pb+j, the project was funded by a grant from the City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance.
Mercury opens Downtown Series with a Romantic first
September 29, 2016
Artistic Director Antoine Plante and Mercury open the Downtown Series with its first performance of Brahms’ First Symphony at the Wortham Center’s Cullen Theatre on October 8 at 8 PM. Experience Mercury’s lush string section in the opening night performance of this incredibly dramatic work, filled with lyrical melodies, rich harmonies, and a victorious hymn-like finale. This work is paired with Beethoven’s Violin Concerto – a virtuosic masterpiece - with concertmaster Jonathan Godfrey as soloist.
Mercury kicks off 16th Season with Baroque favorites
August 9, 2016
Mercury’s 2016-2017 season begins with Xtreme Baroque! - a concert of Baroque favorites, including Antonio Vivaldi’s exciting L’estro Armonico, led by Artistic Director Antoine Plante on Saturday, September 3 at 8 PM at Miller Outdoor Theatre in Hermann Park. It’s a night under the stars that also features exhilarating works by J.S. Bach and Arcangelo Corelli. You’ll party like it’s 1699 with the driving, rhythmic music, the “rock” music of its day! Sponsored in part by the City of Houston through the Miller Outdoor Theatre Advisory Board.
Mercury announces 2016-2017 Season
February 3, 2016
Mercury is pleased to announce details of its 2016-2017 Season, featuring Baroque masterpieces, multimedia events and partnerships with the Museum of Fine Arts Houston and the Houston Symphony Chorus. Artistic Director Antoine Plante has created a diverse new season featuring composers from the Baroque era and beyond, spanning Europe and the Americas. Each concert—performed on period instruments—promises to be a dynamic and fresh experience, something audiences have come to expect from Mercury.