Les Septs Sauts

Baroque Chamber Music at the Court of Stuttgart

Friday, March 16, 2007 at 8pm
St. Philip Presbyterian Church
4807 San Felipe

Preconcert talk at 7pm
Matthias Maute, Co-director, Ensemble Caprice

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Montreal-based Ensemble Caprice makes its first visit to Houston on Friday, March 16 in a performance presented by Houston Early Music. The program of baroque pieces has been chosen to show the foreign influences that made music at the Court of Stuttgart so colorful. Internationally-acclaimed recorder/flute virtuosi Matthias Maute and Sophie Larivière will be joined in this performance by Suzie Napper (cello), Erin Helyard (harpsichord) and Ziya Tabassian (Turkish percussion) in works by Handel, Vivaldi, Froberger and Couperin. The program also features anonymous French contredanses and Italian balletti.

Formed in Germany in 1986, Ensemble Caprice is renowned for its innovative interpretations of baroque music and has performed to great critical acclaim internationally. In 2005, the ensemble made its U.S. debut in the Boston Early Music Festival concert series and has subsequently appeared in many parts of this country. Closer to home in Canada, the ensemble has its own concert series at Redpath Hall in Montreal and was recently nominated for the Conseil Québécois de la Musique’s prestigious Prix Opus award in three different categories. A new recording featuring the music of Fux, Caldera and Badia will be released in June and another, a unique recording featuring early gypsy music from an anonymous collection (1730) from Eastern Europe and works by Vivaldi will be released this fall on the Analekta label.

At 7:00 p.m. Mattias Maute will give a free pre-concert talk on the music to be performed.

“….such dazzling virtuosity on the recorder leaves you in a staggering daze!” Le Devoir, MontrealConcert 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