Salsa Baroque: music from Latin America with ENSEMBLE CAPRICE, Apr 11

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

Presented as part of Houston’s annual “Hispanic Heritage Series,” the concert highlights the extraordinary musical dialog between the Old and New Worlds during the 16th through the 18th centuries. This was a time when European polyphony fused with traditional African and Amerindian music to create a style that Ensemble Caprice calls “Salsa Baroque.”

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.

Prime examples of this unique style are the villancicos of the Bolivian composer Juan de Araujo and the colorful guarachas of his contemporaries. Also on the program are two sonatas by Andrea Falconieri, an Italian composer influenced by the distinctive Latin American style. Other selections include lively dances known as tarantellas, canarios and chaconas.

Ensemble Caprice features five Baroque specialists, co-directed by Matthias Maute and Sophie Larivière, both virtuosos on recorder and flute. Rounding out the ensemble are guitarist David Jacques, cellist Susie Napper and percussionist Ziya Tabassian.

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.

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