Newsletter 17 September 2008

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Houston Early Music extends our sympathy and best wishes to those in our community who have suffered from Hurricane Ike. In the spirit of helping Houston get back to normal, we are planning to present our 26 September concert as scheduled. Please check our web site for the latest news.


Houston Early Music

presenting the world’s finest period ensembles and soloists … bringing to life music from the Middle Ages through the Renaissance to the Baroque and Classical periods. Experience with us early music played on original instruments, by musicians reviving
performances of the past.

In this newsletter:

  • First concert of the season
  • Season subscriptions now available
  • New email delivery service



See Next Concert for program notes, updates and additional information on this concert.

Fri., Sept. 26, 2008, 8:00PM
THE PLEASURES OF LOVE AND LIBATION: Airs by Julie Pinel and other Parisian women.
First Evangelical Lutheran Church
1311 Holman (at Caroline)

7:00 p.m.
Preconcert talk, Laury Gutiérrez Director

Houston Early Music will open its new season on Friday, September 26, 2008 with a program of Baroque music by Parisian women composers. Boston-based La Donna Musicale ( will be joined by tenor Aaron Sheehan in ensemble’s first Houston performance. The Pleasures of Love and Libation: Airs by Julie Pinel and other Parisian Women recreates the luxuriant environment of an intimate Parisian salon replete with the sounds of voices in solo and duo settings with flute, violin, harpsichord, and viola da gamba. The seventeenth-century salons served as unique gathering places where women artists and intellectuals met to perform and discuss sacred and secular music, as well as literature and fine arts.

In addition to works by Julie Pinel (fl. 1737), the program includes works by Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre and Antonia Bembo. The performance will be at 8:00 p.m. at First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1311 Holman (at Caroline). There will be a preconcert talk at 7:00 p.m. by Laury Gutiérrez, Founding Director of La Donna Musicale.

Praised by Early Music America for its “excellent performers…outstanding music stylishly performed,” La Donna Musicale is dedicated to historically-based performance of music by women composers of the Renaissance through contemporary periods. The ensemble has given the modern premieres of works by Chiara Cozzolani, Antonia Bembo, Julie Pinel, and Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre, among others, and these concerts have been chosen as Boston Globe “Classical Picks.”

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.

The full season schedule is at 

Season Subscriptions

We are now accepting subscriptions to our 2008/2009 season. Please see the season overview on our web site. You may subscribe by printing and mailing the subscription form. Season subscriptions will also be available at the next concert.

Our mini-brochure is also available as a PDF FILE you can print for a handy one-page summary of our season.

We look forward to seeing you at our concerts this season.

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Houston Early Music
P.O. Box 271193
Houston TX 77277-1193
Phone 713-432-1744

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