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Join Houston Early Music for its 2016-2017 Concert Season featuring renowned early music ensembles. Dedicated to showcasing music from the Middle Ages through the 18th century, Houston Early Music presents concerts performed with historical instruments and styles true to the period. This season will encompass both masterworks and little-known gems with the goal of inspiring audiences to reimagine the past.
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Friday, November 11, 2016, 7:30 PM
PAUL O’DETTE AND RONN MCFARLANE LUTE DUO
For Two Lutes: Virtuoso Duets from Italy and England.
Emerson Unitarian Church
1900 Bering Dr., 77057
Not to be missed! Two of the world’s finest lutenists, both Grammy nominees, team up for a dazzling selection of Elizabethan duets. After a recent performance of this program The Boston Globe declared “Both performers demonstrated unflagging technical mastery, a subtle sense of poetry, and an easy ensemble rapport…the two expert performers disclosed opulent worlds of fantasy and virtuosity.” Works by Terzi, Galilei, Piccinini, Johnson, Dowland and others.
Co-sponsored with Guitar Houston
Friday, December 9, 2016, 7:30 PM
With Cape Breton fiddler/baroque violinist David Greenberg
Frost and Fire: A Scottish Christmas Celebration
Christ Church Cathedral, 1117 Texas Ave. 77002
David Greenberg, Baroque violinist and Cape Breton-style fiddler, joins Musica Pacifica for an energetic holiday program of 18th-century Scottish and Baroque music. With Cape Breton’s driving strathspeys and reels, soulful airs and merry jigs, alongside compositions of Scottish composers and Baroque icons, Frost and Fire is a toe-tapping program blurring the boundaries of Folk and Classical music. Baroque violins, viola da gamba, harpsichord, and percussion.
A main-stage concert of the
2017 Houston Early Music Festival
Saturday, February 18, 2017, 7:30 PM
PROFETI DELLA QUINTA
Il Mantovano Hebreo—Madrigals and Hebrew prayers
by Salomone Rossi (c. 1570-1630)
Founded in Israel, Profeti della Quinta (winner of the 2011 York Early Music Young Artists Competition) make their Houston debut with a program that portrays Salomone Rossi’s many-faceted art as a court composer in the service of the Gonzaga family and as a unique innovator of devotional music for the synagogue with a selection of his Italian madrigals, instrumental pieces, and Hebrew prayers. The male vocal quartet will be accompanied by harpsichord and theorbo.
Emerging Artists Series
Friday, May 5, 2017 7:30 PM
Bach: The Next Generation
A Houston debut for the Winners of the Grand Prize and Audience Prize at the 2014 Early Music America Baroque Performance Competition. This brilliant young ensemble explores music of Johann Sebastien Bach, and his composer sons Wilhelm Friedmann, Carl Philipp and the classicizing Johann Christian. Also featured is music by Sebastien’s friend and colleague Georg Philip Telemann, the godfather of Carl Philip. Performed on baroque violin and cello, recorder and harpsichord.