CHACONA: Dancing in the Shadow of the Cross

Ex Umbris

8:00 p.m., Saturday, May 12, 2007
First Evangelical Lutheran Church
1311 Holman (at Caroline) | Map

7:00 p.m. free pre-concert talk.

CHACONA: Dancing in the Shadow of the Cross

For the final concert of Houston Early Music’s season, the period-instrument ensemble Ex Umbris will perform Chacona: Dancing in the Shadow of the Cross. The program of songs, ballads and dances from Spanish dominions at the time of the Inquisition includes Arab and Jewish melodies and a portion of “The Ballad of Count Claros.”

Ex Umbris (Out of the Shadows) has thrilled audiences and critics alike with their unique and evocative performances of medieval, Renaissance and early baroque music. The musicians of Ex Umbris perform the great art music of the past with verve and polish on their many wind, string and percussion instruments. However, it’s their imaginative explorations and reconstructions of the lost and unwritten traditions of early music and their improvisational skills and affinity with the many styles of traditional music that sets them apart. Individually, the musicians (including Grant Herreid, Paul Shipper, Tom Zajac and Tina Chancey) have performed and recorded with a virtual who’s who of early music ensembles including The Harp Consort, Piffaro, Hesperus, Waverly Consort, The King’s Noise, The Newberry Consort, Early Music New York, Artek, Baltimore Consort and many others.

Ex Umbris has toured both nationally and internationally, having appeared in international music festivals such as the Tage Alter Musik in Regensburg, Germany, the IX Encuentro Internacional de Música Antigua in Mexico City, and are frequent guest performers at Villa La Pietra in Florence, Italy. Their music is featured in the Showtime historical drama ‘The Tudors,” and they participated as musicians and lecturers in the 12-part music-education series Exploring the World of Music for PBS educational television.

At 7:00 p.m. Ex Umbris member Grant Herreid will give a free pre-concert talk.

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.