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Houston Early Music

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8:00 pm, Fri., Apr. 11, 2008 St. Philip Presbyterian Church 4807 San Felipe
Pre-concert Lecture at 7:00 pm

Program Notes and other information

Baroque violinist John Holloway, cellist Jaap ter Linden and harpsichordist Lars Ulrik Mortensen, three of the greatest names on the international early music scene, will return to Houston for a performance sponsored by Houston Early Music on April 11. The trio will perform a French/Italian-themed program titled Madcap, Red Priest and Angel which features violin sonatas by Corelli, Veracini (Madcap) and Leclair (said to have played like an angel), a Vivaldi (Red Priest) cello sonata and a Couperin harpsichord sonata. The performance will be at St. Philip Presbyterian Church, 4807 San Filipe.

John Holloway is one of the pioneers of the early music movement. His extensive work as leader of the London Classical Players and his years with noted early music ensembles (including the Academy of Ancient Music, Les Arts Florissants, and the Freiburger Barockorchester) established him as a major voice in authentic performance. Holloway is currently Professor of Violin (modern and baroque) and Chamber Music at the Hochschule für Musik in Dresden.

As one of the first early music specialists, Jaap ter Linden witnessed the beginnings of many of the oldest and finest baroque ensembles; he co-founded of Musica da Camera and served as principal cellist of Musica Antiqua Köln, The English Concert and the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra. He is highly sought as a soloist and conductor for both modern and period-instrument ensembles around the world.

Noted Danish harpsichordist Lars Ulrik Mortensen has a career as a soloist and chamber musician in Europe, North and South America and Japan. He appears regularly with soprano Emma Kirkby. His recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations won him a Diapason d’Or. He is the artistic director of Concerto Copenhagen, and appears regularly directing opera at the Royal Theatre in Copenhagen.

At 7:00PM, Dr. Gregory Barnett, assistant professor of musicology at Shepherd School of Music, Rice University will give a lecture on the evening’s program.

Tickets are $30 for general admission, $25 for seniors, $10 for students, under 15 free. Tickets may be purchased at the door or by calling 713-432-1744.

Houston Early Music is funded in part by grants from the City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance.