Newsletter 6 November 2008

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Houston Early Music

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performances of the past.

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  • Next concert and program notes

Tue., Nov. 11, 2008, 7:30PM
RICHARD EGARR, Harpsichord
First Unitarian Universalist Church
5200 Fannin

See Program Notes and more information on the concert



Houston Early Music will present internationally-renowned harpsichordist Richard Egarr in a performance of Book I of J.S. Bach’s Well-Tempered Klavier using what is now widely believed to be the composer’s own tuning system.  While there is still vigorous debate as to what Bach actually meant by “well tempered,” Egarr believes  the master indicated the tuning he preferred in what would appear at first glance to be a decorative figure at the top of the title page. Using this system Egarr takes his audiences with him on a journey through the monumental collection – from the calm harmonic purity of the first prelude to the final craggy, chromatically charged fugue. 

The performance will be 7:30PM, Tuesday, November 11 at First Unitarian Universalist Church, 5200 Fannin.  Egarr will give a preconcert talk at 6:45PM.

Egarr, acclaimed Music Director of the Academy of Ancient Music, is one of the most versatile musicians performing today. He has worked with all types of keyboards and performed repertoire ranging from fifteenth-century organ works through Dussek and Chopin on early piano to Berg and Maxwell Davies on modern piano. He is in great demand as a soloist, chamber musician and conductor. Dubbed “the Bernstein of early music” (NPR) for his extraordinary charisma and outstanding ability to communicate with his audience, Egarr is noted for his close study and quest for historical authenticity.

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.

Harpsichord used in this performance – Flemish double based on an instrument by Ruckers (early 17th century) by Gerald Self of San Antonio.

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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 the Houston Arts Alliance and the Texas Commission on the Arts.

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