11.21.10 at 11:40 a.m.
Michael Coppens
City of Gold

I had the fortunate opportunity to attend the Houston premiere of Antonio Vivaldi's Montezuma presented by Mercury Baroque. What made this particular performance so special was that the audience was getting to hear, for the first time since the 1700's, a long lost piece of music from one of the great composers of music. Of course, hearing old music at a Theater District performance isn't anything new; Mozart, Beethoven and Bach are regular "performers". However, in the case of Montezuma, this was a piece of music that had lain lost for over 200 years. 

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You can read more about the interesting history with Everett Evans' preview on the Houston Chronicle.

For me, it was a delightful opportunity to see something new. When I was Group Sales Manager for Society for the Performing Arts, I often saw performances that were new to Houston, and I counted myself fortunate to have the opportunity to attend. We all have our favorite performers, performances, pieces, etc., and oftentimes we find ourselves stuck in a rut of the same old thing time and time again. However, these new presentations are the perfect opportunity for us to expand our artistic tastes.

Like the fabled City of Gold, these chances are often impossible to find, but exhilarating to discover. When you're making your picks for performances to see during the Theater District season, take the time to look over the new, ahead of your run-of-the-mill choices. Sometimes, you'll find nothing but a desert mirage, but other times you'll discover treasures beyond your wildest dreams. 

Antonio Vivaldi, City of Gold, Houston, Mercury Baroque, Montezuma, Theater District
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