Press Release: Armonia Celeste Explores Love’s Perils for Houston Early Music


Tuesday, February 12, 2013 
Udite Amanti – Lovers Beware!
7:30PM, Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church
6221 Main Street

A pre-concert talk with ensemble members begins at 6:45 p.m.

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Armonia Celeste Explores Love’s Perils for Houston Early Music

Armonia Celeste will perform a program titled “Udite Amanti – Lovers Beware!” on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 as part of Houston Early Music’s Emerging Artists Series. The pre-Valentine’s Day concert  will begin at 7:30 p.m. at Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church and feature rarely heard music from the Italian Renaissance and early Baroque eras.

The Barberini court flourished during the first half of the 17th century, when Maffeo Barberini  sat on the papal  throne as Pope Urban VIII. Great patrons of the arts in Rome, the Barberinis gathered around them some of the finest composers of their day, including Luigi Rossi, Giacomo Carissimi and Pietro Marc’Antonio Cesti.

Many of the works on the program were written for soprano trio, a musical grouping that first appeared in late-16th-century Italy and became especially popular at the Barberini court.

This configuration of musicians is particularly appropriate for Armonia Celeste, a relatively new ensemble with three female singers at its core. The group, which first came together in 2008, consists of singers Rebecca Beasley, Dianna Grabowski and Sarah Griffiths, accompanied by Lyle Nordstrom on lute, theorbo and Baroque guitar, along with Paula Fagerberg, who plays a modern copy of the famous Barberini triple harp from 1635.

On the diverse program are vocal trios, duets and solos, as well as instrumental works, mostly focusing on the dangers of love, though some of the music celebrates love’s pleasures.  

 Armonia Celeste was one of five finalists in the 2011 Early Music America/Naxos Recording Competition, in which more than 100 new and emerging early music groups vied for the chance to record a CD for the Naxos label. The group plans to release its debut album in 2013.

 Armonia Celeste will present “Udite Amanti –Lovers Beware!” on Tuesday, February 12, 2013, at 7:30 p.m. at Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church, 6221 Main St., Houston, Texas 77030.  A pre-concert talk with ensemble members begins at 6:45 p.m.

Exploring history through music is a Houston Early Music hallmark. The group presents 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 and providing unique programming and concerts performed with historical instruments and styles true to the period.

Individual tickets are available at 
and are $35, $30 for seniors, and $10 for students, and admission is free for children under 15. For more information, email 
or call 281-846-4222.



Tuesday, February 12, 2013, 7:30 p.m.

ARMONIA CELESTE — Udite Amanti — Lovers Beware!
Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church
6221 Main Street
Houston, Texas 77030




Saturday, March 9, 2013, 8:00 p.m.



Cullen Theatre, Wortham Theater Center, 8:00pm
501 Texas Avenue
Houston, TX 77002

Houston Early Music season ticket subscribers will get a significant discount on premium seating for this concert. Individual tickets for this concert will be available through Da Camera of Houston,, 713-524-7601.


Friday, April 26, 2013, 7:30 p.m.

CANÇONIER — The Black Dragon: music from the time of Vlad Dracula

Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church
6221 Main Street
Houston, TX 77030


As the city’s only 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 Houston Arts Alliance, Texas Commission on the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, Mid-America Arts Alliance, and Houston Endowment.

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Susan Love Fitts

Susan Love Fitts Communications Inc.