Lucidarium Brings Renaissance Valentine’s Day Program to Main Stage of Houston Early Music Festival

A program of music devoted to love, on Valentine’s Day

Swiss early-music ensemble Lucidarium will present “Ay me sospiri – Love Letters from Renaissance Italy,” a program of music devoted to love, on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, at First Evangelical Lutheran Church as part of the Houston Early Music series. The concert also serves as a main-stage event for the 2016 Houston Early Music Festival.

“Throughout history, song and love have been an inseparable pair,” said Lucidarium co-director Francis Biggi. “ ‘Ay me sospiri’ is a program dedicated to love in the bustling cities of Renaissance Italy, where life was an intense experience full of constantly changing sights, sounds and smells.”

Featured on the program is music exploring love in its many guises from the streets and courts of 15th- and 16th-century Italy. One song talks about burning up with the flames of passion, another voices despair at being scorned by a once-passionate lover, while a third ponders whether suicide is the only answer to an unrequited love. Continue reading

LUCIDARIUM — Feb. 14

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A main-stage concert of the 2016 Houston Early Music Festival
Sunday, February 14th, 2016, 4:00 PM
LUCIDARIUM

Ay me sospiri – Love Letters from the Italian Renaissance
Pre-concert talk at 3:15 PM
First Evangelical Lutheran Church,
1311 Holman St., 77004

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What a perfect way to celebrate Valentine’s Day! Lucidarium will sonically embrace you with a splendid musical concert of love in the Italian Renaissance tradition. The ensemble vocalists are joined by period winds, plucked instruments, percussion, hammer dulcimer and viola da gamba in the poetry and music of the late 15th to mid-16th centuries. 

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Happiest of Holidays from Houston Early Music

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Happiest of Holidays!

And thank you for your continued interest and support of Early Music in Houston. It is an honor to present the world’s best early music ensembles to our great city.  It is also an honor to continue our commitment to the next generation of performers and audiences through our citywide outreach projects. Continue reading

CHATHAM BAROQUE — Dec. 5 — Christmas music from Spain and the New World


Hispanic Heritage Series
Saturday, December 5, 2015, 7:30 PM
CHATHAM BAROQUE

Cantadas de Navidad
Pre-concert talk at 6:45 PM
Christ Church Cathedral,
1117 Texas Ave., 77002

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Don’t miss this marvelous ensemble’s anticipated return to the Houston Early Music stage with a joyous Christmas program featuring the music of Spain and the New World. Works by Juan Gutierrez de Padilla, Santiago de Murcia, Gaspar Sanz and Ignacio Jerusalem are highlighted by vocals, violins, plucked instruments and percussion.The trio will be joined by soprano Nell Snaidas, countertenor Jose Lemos and percussionist Danny Mallon.

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Concert: CHATHAM BAROQUE — Christmas music from Spain and the New World

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Chatham Baroque has regularly performed Spanish and Latin American Baroque music for most of our twenty-five history. During that time, as we have perused through collections of music from Colonial Mexico, Guatemala, or Peru, we noticed that there was always a good deal of music for Christmasmuch more, in fact, than in Baroque Europe. While there are several monumental pieces from European countries during the Baroque, such as Schützs Weihnachtshistorie (Christmas Story) or J. S. Bachs Weihnachtsoratorium (Christmas Oratorio), as well as assorted French nöels, Italian cantate pastorale, and English carols, these do not necessarily form a central part of the repertoire of the composers who wrote them.   Continue reading

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Chatham Baroque Returns to Houston Bringing Christmas Cheer

Chatham Baroque Returns to Houston Bringing Christmas Cheer

Chatham Baroque will journey from its wintry home in Pittsburgh to the Houston Early Music series with “Cantadas de Navidad,” a joyous program of Spanish and Latin American Christmas music, which will be presented on Saturday, Dec. 5, at Christ Church Cathedral as part of the Hispanic Heritage Series.

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THE ROSE ENSEMBLE – Sun., Oct. 18

Emerging Artists Series
Sunday, October 18th, 2015, 5:00 PM
THE ROSE ENSEMBLE
with The Concert Chorale of Bellaire High School

Music from the Land of Three Faiths: Voices of Ancient Mediterranean Jews,
Christians, and Muslims

Pre-concert talk at 4:15 PM
St. Philip Presbyterian Church,
4807 San Felipe St., 77056

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Minnesota-based Rose Ensemble returns to Houston, bringing a fascinating exploration of language, spirituality and cultural exchange in the Land of Three Faiths. This entertaining and enlightening program is steeped in the rich history of the Abrahamic faiths. A perfect balance of edgy improvisation, exotic vocal styles, and ancient traditions is achieved via instruments and melded musical ideas of both the Middle East and Europe. The ensemble will be joined by The Concert Chorale of Bellaire High School.  

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Concert Chorale of Bellaire High School Joins Rose Ensemble to Open Houston Early Music Season

Concert Chorale of Bellaire High School Joins Rose Ensemble to Open Houston Early Music Season

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HOUSTON – Aug. 25, 2015 – Minnesota-based Rose Ensemble returns to Houston on Sunday, Oct. 18, to open the Houston Early Music season with “Music from the Land of Three Faiths: Voices of Ancient Mediterranean Jews, Christians, and Muslims” at St. Philip Presbyterian Church, 4807 San Felipe St. 77056. Exploring language, spirituality and cultural exchange, this Emerging Artists Series program will also feature the Concert Chorale of Bellaire High School.

“Our program highlights the Hispano-Arabic Middle Ages as both an important and devastating chapter of Judaic, Christian and Islamic history,” said Jordan Sramek, founder and artistic director of the Rose Ensemble. The 13th and early-14th centuries witnessed fertile cultural exchanges between Jews, Muslims and Christians, particularly in Spain, but the country had expelled all non-Christians by 1492.

The program includes several songs from the Cantigas de Santa Maria (Songs of the Virgin Mary), a culturally diverse collection of poetry, music and art from the court of Spain’s King Alfonso X (1252-1284). There also will be traditional Sephardic songs that the Jews took with them to North Africa and Eastern Europe when they were expelled from Spain. Other offerings range from 12th-century Italian plainchant to Bedouin folk music, with many stops in between.

Celebrating its 20th anniversary this season, the Rose Ensemble features nine vocalists, although Sramek also plays psaltery and hurdy-gurdy in addition to singing tenor. Instrumentalists include oud player David Burk, percussionist Tim O’Keefe and vielle, rebec and harp player Ginna Watson.

Before the concert, the ensemble will spend the weekend in residency at Bellaire High School, working with students in its Concert Chorale. A similar, although smaller, outreach event there during the Rose Ensemble’s last visit to the Houston Early Music series in 2013 led to the current concert collaboration with the Chorale.

“We were particularly struck by [the students’] engagement throughout the activities,” said Sramek about the 2013 Bellaire High School outreach, a lecture/demonstration. “We left wondering whether more intensive activities – such as a residency – couldn’t produce something truly magical.”

Recognized internationally as a leader and innovator in vocal music, the Rose Ensemble won the 2005 Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence and took first place in both the secular and sacred categories at the 2012 Tolosa International Choral Competition in Spain.

The Rose Ensemble, with the Concert Chorale of Bellaire High School, will present “Music from the Land of Three Faiths: Voices of Ancient Mediterranean Jews, Christians, and Muslims” on Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015, at 5 p.m. at St. Philip Presbyterian Church, 4807 San Felipe St., Houston, Texas 77056. A preconcert talk will begin at 4:15 p.m.