Join Houston Early Music at these exciting concerts remaining in our 2014-2015 season
Dedicated to showcasing music from the Middle Ages through the 18th century, Houston Early Music presents concerts performed with historical instruments and styles true to the period. This season encompasses both masterworks and little-known gems with the goal of inspiring audiences to reimagine the past. Continue reading
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Make a Joyful Noise
Sun., Feb. 15, 2015, 3:00 pm
First Evangelical Lutheran Church
1311 Holman St., 77004
Hear the joyful noise of shawms, recorders, bagpipes and sackbuts improvising florid polyphony over songs, dances and sacred chant. Praised for performing intricate 15th-century counterpoint “with the ease of jazz musicians improvising on a theme” (The Cleveland Plain Dealer), Ciaramella brings to life the music of the Burgundian Alta Capella ensembles that piped across Renaissance Europe. This is a main stage concert for the 2015 Houston Early Music Festival. A preconcert talk by Ciaramella artists begins at 2:15 p.m.
Ciaramella performs on shawms, recorders, bagpipes, sackbuts, plucked-string instruments and percussion, improvising florid polyphony in the manner of the Burgundian alta capella ensembles that piped across Renaissance Europe. The Cleveland Plain Dealer praised the group for performing intricate 15th-century counterpoint “with the ease of jazz musicians improvising on a theme.”
“Even though we are playing music that is 500 years old, it is as fresh and new sounding today as when it was first played,” said Ciaramella co-director Rotem Gilbert. “The love songs are sultry, the dances are toe-tapping and the sounds of shawms, bagpipes, sackbuts and recorders are irresistible and rousing.”
Gilbert and her husband, Adam are the Ciaramella directorial team, and both play recorder, bagpipe and an early form of the oboe, the shawm. They will be joined by Doug Milliken on similar instruments, while Greg Ingles and Erik Schmaltz play recorder, slide trumpet and sackbut, an early trombone. Jason Yoshida will add lute, guitar and percussion. Continue reading
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Ciaramella Adds Joyful Noise to Houston Early Music Series
California-based ensemble brings fresh new sound to genre with skillful improvisations
HOUSTON – January 6, 2015 – Los Angeles-based Ciaramella will perform songs, dances and sacred chants from medieval and Renaissance times as a part of Houston Early Music’s 2014-2015 season series. Presented as a main-stage concert for the Houston Early Music Festival, the ensemble’s performance, titled “Make a Joyful Noise” will take place at Houston’s First Evangelical Lutheran Church on Sunday, Feb. 15, at 3 p.m. Continue reading
Stile Moderno, New Music from the 17th Century
Fri., Apr. 10, 2015, 7:30 pm
Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church,
4930 West Bellfort Ave. 77035
Numbered among the cultural revolutions of the 17th century was music. Composers consciously created a stile moderno of dramatic oppositions and vivid emotions. “Revered like rock stars within the early music scene” (The New York Times), Quicksilver vibrantly explores this virtuosic, experimental and deeply moving “new music” by Castello, Fontana, Merula and Marini, performed on baroque violins, cello and harpsichord. A preconcert talk by Robert Mealy, Quicksilver co-director, begins at 6:45 p.m.
Bach and Forth
Fri., Mar. 27, 2015, 7:30 pm
First Evangelical Lutheran Church,
1311 Holman St. 77004
Praised for their “well-thought-out articulation and phrasing” (Early Music Review) as well as being “everywhere sharp-edged and engaging” (The New York Times), The Sebastians took the Audience Prize at the 2012 Early Music America Baroque Performance Competition. Daniel S. Lee and Alexander Woods (violins),Ezra Seltzer (cello) andJeffrey Grossman (harpsichord) will present a concert of dynamic trio sonatas by J.S. Bach, Handel, Buxtehude, Rosenmuller, Erlebach and Telemann. The preconcert talk by The Sebastians at begins at 6:45 p.m.
Fri. Dec. 12, 2014, 8:00 pm
Christ Church Cathedral
1117 Texas Avenue, 77002
Houston audience favorite El Mundo returns with a celebration of holiday music from Italy, Spain and her colonies in the New World. Join director, Baroque guitarist and lutenist Richard Savino and the ensemble for a festive multicultural extravaganza that includes newly discovered vocal and instrumental works from the archives of the Los Angeles Archdiocese. A preconcert talk with Richard Savino begins at 7:15 p.m.
Houston Early Music Celebrates the Season with El Mundo
Program highlights include newly found work from the Archdiocese of Los Angeles
Houston Early Music audience favorite El Mundo returns to celebrate the holidays with a performance of “Villancicos y Cantatas de Navidad,” a program of 17th- and 18th-century seasonal music from Spain, Italy and Latin America on Dec. 12 at Christ Church Cathedral. Continue reading