HEM Artistic Director Nancy Ellis writes:

I am attaching an invitation to a tribute concert to instrument builder Dominik Zuchowicz sponsored by Viols of Houston. This promises to be an outstanding event benefiting a most worthy cause.
The featured artist will be Mary Springfels who is one of the best players anywhere. She makes several trips a year to Texas for a circuit teaching. Note in the invitation that there will be performances by a number of area gambists known from their performances with early music ensembles in Houston and Austin. 
I am fortunate to have a beautiful seven-string bass viol made by Dom. One of the visiting professional players will be playing it on the concert. Several more of us will be allowed to join the professionals in the large group numbers. 
I do hope you can be with us that evening.

Viols of Houston Present:


Sunday, September 9, 2012 5:00 PM

Christ The King Lutheran Church – Parish Hall, 2353 Rice Boulevard, Houston, TX


Contact: Brady Lanier bcello@juno.com 832-331-1355


Celebrating the life & work of the Canadian instrument-maker Dominik Zuchowicz (Zoo-HAW-vich). Admission is pay-what-you-wish – donations will benefit the International Myeloma Foundation (www.myeloma.org).

Viols of Houston was founded in 2005 as a chapter of the Viola da Gamba Socitey of America (VdGSA). The founder of Viols of Houston, Barrett Sills, was the first of many Houstonians to commission an instrument from “Dom”. Today Houston is the home to no fewer than twelve of his instruments, and many more reside elsewhere in Texas.

Dom passed away on February 8, 2011 after a three year battle with a rare cancer of the bone marrow – multiple myeloma.

The concert will feature the viol virtuoso Mary Springfels, formerly of the Newberry Consort in Chicago and currently residing inNew Mexico. Springfels has performed in Houston previously with Ars Lyrica. Dom’s wife, Barbara Zuchowicz, will also be participating in the concert, giving a pre-concert talk, and performing with Ms. Springfels.

Other performers will include Sills, James Brown, Deborah Dunham, Brady Lanier, Karen Hall, Jane Leggiero, Jordan Witherspoon, Malachai Bandy, Carter Crawford, Rebecca Landell, Kim Shrier, Carol Deihl, Hazel Mosely, and Susan Poelchau.