Houston Early Music Season for 2013-2014

Houston Early Music Season for 2013-2014

Join Houston Early Music for our 2013-2014 Concert Season with five stellar ensembles. Sounds of ancient origins, powerful and timeless, inspire and transport audiences. 

(You may download the Season Brochure 2013-2014 in PDF format.)



_I3R9203-2FRETWORK, with LUTENIST ELIZABETH KENNY
Lacrimae:  Music of John Dowland in observance of the 450th anniversary of his birth.

SATURDAY, NOV. 2, 2013, 7:30 PM
First Christian Church 1601 Sunset Blvd. Houston, Texas 77005

Pre-concert talk by ensemble members at 6:45pm

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Lachrimae 

One of the world’s leading viola da gamba consorts, Fretwork, brings their contemporary sensibility to John Dowland’s famous collection, Lachrimae. To honor the 450th anniversary of Dowland’s birth, we embark on a transcendental voyage from despair to hope through an extraordinary collection of music for viols and lute based on his most famous song, Flow my teares

Over the last 25 years, this U.K.-based ensemble has brought music old and new to audiences hitherto unfamiliar with the inspiring sound-world of the viol.  For their 2013 Tour, Fretwork will be joined by the incomparable British lutenist Elizabeth Kenny.

The concert is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 2, 2013 at First Christian Church, 1601 Sunset Blvd., Houston 77005. A pre-concert talk with ensemble members starts at 6:45 p.m.

 


Houston Early Music’s annual celebration of the season.

THE ROSE ENSEMBLE
And Glory Shone Around: An Early American Christmas

Carols, Country Dances, Hymns and Spiritual Songs

SUNDAY, DEC. 15, 2013, 5:00 PM
Christ Church Cathedral
1117 Texas Avenue Houston, Texas 77002

Pre-concert talk by ensemble members at 4:15pm

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An Early American Christmas: Carols, Country Dances, Hymns and Spiritual Songs

Like Saint Nicholas, The Rose Ensemble returns to Houston for a joyful evening of glad tidings and good cheer.  From Shaker hymns and Colonial anthems to ballads, country dances and shape-note hymns, this extraordinary performance highlights the early forms that will later give birth to bluegrass and old-time music.  Journey through the dance halls of Boston to the hills of Appalachia, as the singers and instrumentalists explore the harmonies of early American Christmastide music.

The ensemble, regularly featured on American Public Media and National Public Radio’s Performance Today, reawakens history with vocal music that stirs the emotions, challenges the mind, and lifts the spirit.  Experience a fresh take on the sounds of the traditional yuletide season!

The Yuletide celebration will start at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 15, 2013 at Christ Church Cathedral, 1117 Texas Ave., Houston 77002. A pre-concert talk with ensemble members begins at 4:15 p.m 

  • There is free parking in the Cathedral Parking Garage on San Jacinto between Texas and Prairie. There is also on-street parking around the Cathedral; it is not necessary to pay the parking meters on Sundays. Cathedral’s directions and parking page 

Emerging Artists Series
THE BROKEN CONSORT
Muse, Modes, and Magic:  
Music from the 13th – 17th centuries

FRIDAY, JAN. 17, 2014, 7:30 PM
Salem Evangelical Lutheran
4930 W. Bellfort Houston, Texas 77035

Pre-concert talk by ensemble members at 6:45pm
Read the Program and Notes for this concert

 

Broken Consort

The youthful and adventurous ensemble The Broken Consort explores music as an ethereal art with magical powers in Muse, Modes, and Magic (and also Mary). The group traces the relationship of these constant elements throughout early philosophy, music and literature, with a diverse secular and sacred repertoire from the 12th to early 17th century. And like the early broken consort, the artists play a mixed group of instruments including lute, oud, vielle, gamba, lute, harp, percussion, and voices.

The Boston-based ensemble is redefining the standard conception and presentation of early music.  Explore the philosophies and themes that have captivated our culture for centuries through these exquisite works.

The event is scheduled for 7:30 p.m., Friday, January 17, 2014 at Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church, 4930 W. Bellfort, Houston 77035. A pre-concert talk with ensemble members begins at 6:45 p.m.

 


Enjoy an evening of captivating entertainment and fresh scholarly insight. The unique imagination and originality of their programming combined with their superb vocal skills has marked The Orlando Consort one of Britain’s most important chamber music ensembles.

THE ORLANDO CONSORT
Forward to the Past:
25 years with the Orlando Consort.

TUESDAY, FEB. 11, 2014, 7:30 PM
Zilkha Hall, The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts 800 Bagby Houston, Texas 77002
Pre-concert talk by ensemble members at 6:45pm

 

Orlando

The Orlando Consort anniversary celebration begins with the chansons from Guillaume de Machaut’s master work, Le Voir Dit  - a story of the extraordinary epistolary exchange between the aging poet and his young female admirer, Peronne. 

Next, the British male vocal quartet offers up an indulgent review of the Consort’s favorite fifteenth-century composers.  Featuring some of the finest examples of late medieval composition, the group showcases the sacred works of Dunstaple, Ockeghem, Compère, Josquin and many others featured in their extensive recordings. 

Enjoy an evening of captivating entertainment and fresh scholarly insight.  The unique imagination and originality of their programming combined with their superb vocal skills has marked The Orlando Consort one of Britain’s most important chamber music ensembles. 

The performance begins at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at Zilkha Hall in the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, 800 Bagby, Houston 77002.  A pre-concert talk with ensemble members begins at 6:45 p.m.

 


Heralded as a group that encourages listeners to rehear the world, Ensemble Caprice returns to the Houston Early Music stage for another imaginative, incomparable performance during the 2013-2014 season.

Hispanic Heritage Series
ENSEMBLE CAPRICE
Salsa Baroque: Baroque music
from Latin America

FRIDAY, APR. 11, 2014, 7:30 PM
Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church
6221 Main Street Houston, TX 77030

Pre-concert talk by ensemble director
Matthias Maute at 6:45pm

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General Admission $40
Senior Admission $35
Student $20
Assistant Presenter $50 (includes $15 contribution)
Co-Presenter $75 (includes $40 contribution)
Sustaining Presenter $100 (Includes $65 contribution)
 

During the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, the musical dialogue between the Old and the New Worlds produced extraordinary results. The internationally acclaimed Ensemble Caprice calls this unique style and fascinating blend of European polyphony and Latin American traditional music Salsa Baroque.  Gems from this spectacular musical era will be performed on instruments that were common at the time:  flutes and recorders, baroque guitar, violoncello and various percussion instruments. 

Heralded as a group that encourages listeners to rehear the world, Ensemble Caprice returns to the Houston Early Music stage for another imaginative, incomparable performance during the 2013-2014 season.

The event is set for 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 11, 2014, at Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church, 6221 Main Street, Houston 77030. A pre-concert talk with ensemble director Matthias Maute begins at 6:45 p.m.


A full season subscription for all five concerts is $180 General Admission, $155 Senior Admission (age 60 and over).  A mini-pass option which allows you to select any three concerts is also available for $110 General Admission, $95 Senior Admission.  Individual tickets are available for $40 General Admission, $35 Senior Admission, and $20 Students with valid student ID card. 

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(You may download the Season Brochure 2013-2014 in PDF format.)

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