VIRTUOSI D’ITALIA

Monica Huggett, baroque violin Richard Savino, theorbo, guitar William Skeen, baroque cello

8:00 p.m., Friday April 20, 2007

7:00 p.m. pre-concert lecture

Christ Church Cathedral 1117 Texas Avenue

VIRTUOSI D’ITALIA

Houston Early Music will present British baroque violin virtuoso Monica Huggett, theorbist/guitarist Richard Savino and baroque cellist William Skeen in Virtuosi d’ Italia on Friday, April 20, 8:00 pm at Christ Church Cathedral, 1117 Texas Avenue. The program of Italian solo violin music from seventeenth through the early nineteenth centuries includes the works of Arcangelo Corelli, Dario Castello and Niccolo Paganini. In her thirty years of working in baroque music Monica Huggett has worked for most of the noted directors and orchestras in Europe. She was introduced to the baroque violin while a student at the Royal Academy of Music. She served as concert master of Ton Koopman’s Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra from 1980-87. In the UK her work centers on her ensemble Sonnerie, which has recently released CDs of Mozart Piano Quartets and Biber Violin Sonatas on ASV, The Biber CD won the prestigious Baroque Instrumental Gramophone Award in 2002. Ms. Huggett also spends quite a few months of the year in Portland, Oregon where she is the artistic director of Portland Baroque Orchestra. Richard Savino’s performances and recordings has been praised by critics throughout the world. In addition to receiving a Diapason d’Or from Compact (Paris) and a 10 du Rèpertoire (Paris) the latter has also placed his Boccherini recordings in their “Great Discoveries” category which they deem as essential to any classical music collection. As a continuo player and accompanist Mr. Savino has worked with some of the world’s most important performers and is a principal performer with the Houston Grand Opera, New York Collegium, Portland Baroque Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony and Glimmerglass Opera. This summer will mark his debut with the Santa Fe Opera. He is a lecturer at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and a Professor of Music at CSU Sacramento where he has been the only music professor to receive “outstanding and exceptional” and “best” sabbatical awards. William Skeen currently performs as principal cellist of Musica Angelica Baroque Orchestra, L.A. Bach Society, Los Angeles Baroque Orchestra, Seattle Baroque Orchestra, and American Bach Soloists. In addition to his work with El Mundo, Mr. Skeen is co-founder of La Monica, a sextet specializing in music of the seventeenth century. Mr. Skeen holds performance degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music and the University of Southern California, where he is currently adjunct faculty in baroque cello and viola da gamba. At 7:00 p.m. Richard Savino will give a free pre-concert talk on the music to be performed.

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. For more information visit www.HoustonEarlyMusic.org