Recent Press Releases

Mercury presents the world premiere of "Loving Clara Schumann" an historical story of passion, heartbreak, loss, and hope

December 14, 2017

The enduring strength and persistence of artistry, love, and loyalty are at the center of Mercury's newest multi-theatrical production. In a dramatic combination of music, dance, voice and imagery, "Loving Clara Schumann," by co-creators Tara Faircloth and Antoine Plante, travels through the remarkable life of pianist and composer Clara Wieck Schumann, a pioneer in the male-dominated field of mid-nineteenth century music, and her relationships with two of the Romantic era's distinguished composers, Robert Schumann and Johannes Brahms...



Mercury to Celebrate the Resiliency of the Houston Community with Free Concert

September 7, 2017

Hurricane Harvey won't prevent Houston's period-ensemble from sharing music with the broader Houston community. Mercury's annual free community concert at Miller Outdoor Theater, cancelled due to Hurricane Harvey, has been rescheduled for Sunday, September 17, 2017 at 7:30 pm.

"In honor of the Houston community's strength and resilience, we have created a new program that will include joyful music by Vivaldi, Bach and Handel," stated Artistic Director Antoine Plante. We hope you will join us in celebrating the 'can do' spirit of Houston."


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.

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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.



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Bach & Piazzolla
January 16, 2016

Hallelujah Chorus from The Messiah
December 10, 2015

Handel's Music for the ROyal Fireworks
August 29, 2015

Laura Claycomb sings with Mercury
February 22, 2015

Death and the Maiden - CD Preview
November 2014

The Crimson Prince
January 10, 2015



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