Press Release: Houston Early Music and Da Camera of Houston present Jordi Savall

Press Release: Download HEMsavall.090210.FINAL HOUSTON EARLY MUSIC P. O. Box 271193 Houston, TX 77277-1193 Media contact: Susan Love Fitts, 936-597-8825 Houston Early Music and Da Camera of Houston present Jordi Savall in The Route to the New World: Spain to Mexico HOUSTON, TX – September 7, 2010 – Houston Early Music and Da Camera of Houston join forces in a magnificent season opener, as they launch the long-awaited Houston debut of Jordi Savall, world-recognized icon of early music. In a brilliant and significant collaboration, Savall and long-time music partner and wife, soprano Montserrat Figueras, integrate their own renowned Hespèrion XXI and La Capella Reial de Catalunya with Mexico’s Tembembe Ensamble Continuo. On Saturday, October 2nd at 7:30 p.m., the Cullen Theater stage at Wortham Theater Center comes alive with a dramatic and historical tale reflecting African, Spanish and native influences on Mexican music. This event showcases a celebratory masterpiece honoring the 200th year of Mexican Independence. As described by Savall, The Route to the New World: Spain to Mexico is a culmination of many years of research, providing authenticity to the traditional songs in their native languages. “This project we are presenting is a musical project reflecting the very nice result of the meeting of the two cultures – Spain and the New World. It is especially interesting because we combine the Spanish group and Mexican group. It’s very beautiful to see how, combined together, we are celebrating one of the best results of this discovering of the New World. Music is one of the best things we have going in melting of the cultures.” Audiences will glean from this historical performance its beauty and “to be open to new things and surprised at how beautiful things exist in the music world,” said Savall. Houston Early Music supports its Hispanic Heritage Series as it joins Da Camera of Houston with this magnificent celebratory concert on Saturday, October 2, 7:30 p.m. at Cullen Theater in Wortham Theater Center. Individual Tickets For information about individual tickets and student prices, please contact Da Camera of Houston at Houston Early Music Season Subscriptions A Houston Early Music season subscription provides tickets to all four concerts, including the specially priced Jordi Savall concert co-produced with Da Camera of Houston. Rates are $130 for general admission and $100 for seniors. To purchase season tickets, please visit for a subscription form. For more information about Houston Early Music, please visit, e-mail or call 713-432-1744. SUMMARY: Saturday, October 2, 2010, 7:30 p.m. 200th Anniversary of Mexican Independence In collaboration with Da Camera of Houston JORDI SAVALL – The Route to the New World: Spain to Mexico Cullen Theater, Wortham Center 501 Texas Ave Houston, Texas 77002 MORE ABOUT JORDI SAVALL Jordi Savall brings the viola da gamba to life in performance, films, and recordings, having received two Grammy nominations and numerous distinguished awards. The remarkable musicians of Hespèrion XXI and La Capella Reial de Catalunya are all multiple award winners, recognized for historical relevance but, most importantly, for efforts to unite cultures through early music. Savall was recently awarded the 2010 Lower Saxony Praetorius Music Prize for “charisma of his exceptional artistic personality to highlight a message of peace and understanding between different cultures.” With his established record label, Alia Vox, Savall controls quality and authenticity in his recordings. Savall cites recent projects, including a book to be released this fall about the controversial family of Alexander VI, known for his patronage of the arts. He shares insight into the family, Alexander’s son Cesare Borgia, and “the most beautiful composer, St. Francis Borgia”. Other projects include The Forgotten Kingdom/Le Royaume Oublie; The Celtic Viol – An Hommage to Irish and Scottish Musical Traditions, Jerusalem: City of two Peaces – Heavenly Peace and Earthly Peace; Istanbul 1710; and a September recording of The Route to the New World: Spain to Mexico. ABOUT HOUSTON EARLY MUSIC One of the nation’s oldest early-music organizations, and as the city’s only presenting organization dedicated to covering the large historical span of early music in all of its forms, Houston Early Music epitomizes a movement that has swept the world of classical music. Officially incorporated in 1969, the nonprofit provides performance opportunities for up-and-coming and major early music artists from around the world in an annual concert series. A successful and growing educational outreach program introduces a future generation to a broad range of music. Houston Early Music is funded in part by grants from the City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance and by Texas Commission on the Arts and The National Endowment for the Arts. HOUSTON EARLY MUSIC – Later in the Season: Monday, December 13, 2010, 7:30 p.m. CIARAMELLA – A Piper’s Noël Christ Church Cathedral 1117 Texas Ave. Houston, Texas 77002 Monday, March 28, 2011, 7:30 p.m. TRIO SONNERIE – The Harmony of Nations Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church 6221 Main Street Houston, Texas 77030 Monday, May 2, 2011, 7:30 p.m. FLANDERS RECORDER QUARTET – The Six Wives of Henry VIII Trinity Episcopal Church 1015 Holman @ Main Houston, Texas 77004 ### Attached photo: Jordi Savall. Photo credit: Vico Chamia Media contact: Susan Love Fitts, 936-597-8825