Until we perfect time-travel, Ars Lyrica Houston may be a music-lover's best way to journey to the past. The ensemble, which specializes in compositions from the 17th and 18th centuries, doesn't shy away from history, calling on the unique skills of musicians who have mastered
the often difficult instruments of the period. One such player is the group's founder: harpsichordist and conductor Matthew Dirst, who serves as the ensemble's Artistic Director and resident expert on how to remove chewing gum from your turning pins. His leadership has paid off, as the group has earned a Grammy nomination and a flourishing partnership with the Museum of Fine Arts.