Press Release: Houston Early Music Announces 2013-2014 Concert Season

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Houston Early Music Announces 2013-2014 Concert Season

HOUSTON, TX – June 5, 2013 – Houston Early Music, a leading presenter of the world’s finest period ensembles and soloists, announces its 2013-2014 Concert Season with five stellar ensembles.

Houston Early Music continues its commitment to its Emerging Artists Series and Hispanic Heritage Series this season. Each performance features a discussion program with ensemble members prior, as part of Houston Early Music’s educational outreach initiative.

Nancy Ellis, artistic director, said that the new season continues the group’s mission of bringing world-renowned early music performances to the Bayou City.

“By illuminating and showcasing the centuries of rarely heard music from the Middle Ages through the 18th century, we provide a unique musical perspective for modern Houston audiences,” Ellis said. “The sounds may be of ancient origins, but their ability to inspire and transport audiences remains powerful and timeless.”

November 2, 2013


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, the UK-based ensemble 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.

December 15, 2013

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 

January 17, 2014

Emerging Artists Series:

Muse, Modes, and Magic (and also Mary) 

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.


February 11, 2014

Forward to the Past: 25 Years of the Orlando Consort 

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.


April 11, 2014
Hispanic Heritage Series:

Salsa Baroque

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.


Subscriptions and tickets:


Full season subscriptions and individual tickets for the
Houston Early Music 2013-2014 season are available now and can be purchased at


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 (age 60 and over), and $20 Students with valid student ID card. 

For more information, e-mail 
or call 281-846-4222.




Saturday, November 2, 2013, 7:30 p.m.


First Christian Church

1601 Sunset Blvd.

Houston, TX 77005


Sunday, December 15, 2013, 5:00 p.m.

THE ROSE ENSEMBLE — An Early American Christmas: Carols, Country Dances, Hymns and Spiritual Songs
Christ Church Cathedral

1117 Texas Ave.

Houston, Texas 77002

Friday, January 17, 2014, 7:30 p.m.


THE BROKEN CONSORT — Muse, Modes, and Magic (and also Mary)

Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church

4930 West Bellfort

Houston, Texas 77035


Tuesday, February 11, 2014, 7:30 p.m.

THE ORLANDO CONSORT — Forward to the Past: 25 Years of The Orlando Consort

Zilkha Hall, The Hobby Center for Performing Arts

800 Bagby Street

Houston, Texas 77002


Friday, April 11, 2014, 7:30 p.m.



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 the Houston Arts Alliance, the Texas Commission on the Arts and The National Endowment for the Arts.