Concert: Tapestry

TAPESTRY with Medieval Strings

Three Weddings and a Funeral

Celebratory Music of Guillaume Du Fay (1397-1474)

and his Contemporaries


Sunday, February 11, 2007 at 4pm
Trinity Episcopal Church, 1015 Holman (at Main)
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The original site for this concert has changed. The new site is Trinity Episcopal Church, 1015 Holman (at Main).  The time and date (Sunday, February 11 at 4:00 pm) remain the same.  See letter to subscribers

Houston Early Music will present the vocal ensemble Tapestry in Three Weddings and a Funeral, a program featuring secular and sacred music of Guillaume Du Fay, the most famous composer of late-Middle Age/early Renaissance.  The Boston-based trio (Laurie Monahan, mezzo-soprano, Cristi Catt, soprano and Daniela Tosic, alto) will be joined by Medieval Strings (Shira Kammen and Dana Maiben, medieval fiddles and Grant Herreid, tenor and lute). The performance will be at 4:00 p.m., Sunday, February 11 at Trinity Episcopal Church, 1015 Holman (at Main).

A composer to the rich and famous, Du Fay provided music for the weddings of Carlo Malatesta and Vittoria di Lorenzo, Cleofe Malatesta and Theodre Palaiologos II,  and Louis of Savoy and Anne of Lusignan.  Each wedding most assuredly had has its share of political intrigue, travel, scandal, and exotic guests.  In addition to the celebratory compositions extolling love and marriage, Tapestry’s program includes a selection of pieces of a more somber tone including a Ockeghem composition lamenting the death of

Giles Binchois, a composer highly esteemed by Du Fay.

Tapestry, founded in 1995, has established an international reputation for its bold conceptual programming.  Tapestry engagements include the festivals at Utrecht,  Flanders, Regensburg, Le Donne in Musica Rome, Festival de Musique Sacree of Quebec,  as well as the Hildegard von Bingen Symposium at the Univ. of Oregon, Da Camera of Houston series, Tucson Early Music Society, Cleveland’s Museum Concerts, New York City‘s Frick Collection, and Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Tapestry has made four recordings for Telarc International: Angeli, Music of Angels; Celestial Light; Song of Songs – Come into my Garden; and The Fourth River.  The ensemble received the ECHO Klassik prize for Sapphire Night which combines music of Hildegard von Bingen with Patricia van Ness’s Nine Order of Angel which was released in January 2004 by German label MDG.

“Hypnotically beautiful….inexhaustible cornucopia of sensual pleasures” San Diego Reader

Concert ticket prices are $30 for general admission, $25 for seniors and $10 for students (with student ID). Free admission for children under 15.  Tickets may be purchased at the door or by calling 713-432-1744.