Opening Season with Rebel


8:00 p.m., Friday
Oct. 19, 2007
St. Philip Presbyterian Church
4807 San Filipe

7:00 p.m. Free Pre-concert Lecture
John Moran, Rebel

Tickets: 713-432-1744

Observing its 40th anniversary season this year, Houston Early Music opens its season with a return visit by the acclaimed New York City-based baroque ensemble, Rebel (pronounced Re-BEL). The program L’estro Armonico: Diverse Trumpet and Violin Concerti features works by Telemann, Valentini, Ragazzi, Stradella and Vivaldi. The eleven member ensemble includes four violins, two violas, cello, bass, theorbo, harpsichord and baroque trumpet. The performance is 8:00 pm, Friday, October 19, 2007 at St. Philip Presbyterian Church, 4807 San Filipe.

Hailed by the New York Times as “sophisticated and beguiling” and praised by the Los Angeles Times for their “astonishingly vital music-making,” Rebel has earned an impressive international reputation, enchanting diverse audiences by their unique style and their virtuosic, highly expressive and provocative approach to the Baroque and Classical repertoire.

Under the artistic directorship of renowned violinists Jörg-Michael Schwarz & Karen Marie Marmer, Rebel was originally formed in The Netherlands in l99l. In the Fifth International Competition for Ensembles in Early Music, Utrecht 1991 Rebel was awarded first prize. Since then the ensemble has performed extensively throughout Europe and the United States. Rebel is currently in residence at historic Trinity Church, Wall Street, collaborating with Trinity Choir in works ranging from the cantatas of Bach to the major oratories of Handel, Bach, Mozart and Haydn.

At 7:00 p.m. John Moran, Rebel cellist and Peabody Conservatory professor will give a free pre-concert talk on the music from the evening’s program.

Concert ticket prices are $30 for general admission, $25 for seniors and $10 for students (with student ID). Free admission for children under 15. Tickets may be purchased at the door or by calling 713-432-1744. For more information visit