Viols in Our Schools Brings Early Music to Houston Area Schools

Below is information on upcoming school collaborative performances for the education initiative in ‘Viols in Our Schools’, a pilot-program of the Viola da Gamba Society of America and organized by Phillip W. Serna of the Spirit of Gambo – a Chicago Consort of Viols: April 10, 2008, Residency at the High School at the Performing and Visual Arts Lecture Performances about early stringed instruments (specifically viols/ violas da gamba) for music & history students April 11, 2008, Residency at Johnston Middle School Lecture Performances about early stringed instruments (specifically viols/ violas da gamba) for music & history students For more information see http://violsinourschools.org/
Focusing on Music, History (European History) and English (Music of Shakespeare’s time) classes. A pilot program for the Viola da Gamba Society of America and the Spirit of Gambo, a Chicago Consort of Viols, ‘Viols in Our Schools’ focuses on bringing early strings to the classroom setting. With the viola da gamba/ viol’s connection to the evolution of the guitar (via the lute), it is an ideal instrument to introduce earlier repertoire to guitar classes, while it’s frequent use in the madrigal repertoire and use as a continuo instrument makes the viol an ideal for demonstrating to choral classes as well as to music theory and history classes. In addition to music programs, ‘Viols in Our Schools’ demonstrates early European music to European history classes, as well as English/ Literature classes focusing on Elizabethan/ Shakespearen England. You can visit ‘Viols in Our Schools’ at http://www.violsinourschools.org/.

An invitation from Ars Lyrica: " A Marian Feast"

Houston Early Music wishes to call your attention to an upcoming musical event in the Houston community:

WHAT: ARS LYRICA HOUSTON PRESENTS A MARIAN FEAST WHEN: SATURDAY, MARCH 1, 2008 at 7:30 PM WHERE: Zilkha Hall, Hobby Center for the Performing Arts 800 Bagby Houston, Texas 77002 TICKETS:  Hobby Center at 713.315.252 or www.thehobbycenter.org, $25 general, $20 seniors, $15 student/group rates

A Marian Feast

Alessandro Scarlatti, the Neapolitan master of the opera and oratorio, has long been an Ars Lyrica favorite. This program juxtaposes his “Stabat Mater” (Mary’s lament at the crucifixion) with an oratorio on her immaculate conception (recorded by Ars Lyrica and soon to be released on Naxos!).
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Ars Lyrica’s first CD on Naxos

Ars Lyrica’s first CD on Naxos       Audiences and critics alike have been enthusiastic about Ars Lyrica programming in general and the Alessandro Scarlatti programs in particular. We are pleased to announce that a recent Ars Lyrica recording of  Scarlatti’s music will be available on the NAXOS label later this year. Continue reading

17th Annual Renaissance Polyphony Weekend

Houston Early Music wishes to call your attention to an upcoming musical event in the Houston community: From the Texas Toot site:
17th Annual Renaissance Polyphony Weekend Music to be prepared and performed: Missa Ave Maris Stella of Josquin des Pres January 25-27, 2008
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Handel’s Messiah

Houston Early Music wishes to call your attention to the following program:


 

Mercury Baroque and Houston Chamber Choir present Messiah


Friday December 14, 2007 at 7:00 pm Wortham Center, Cullen TheaterGet into the spirit of the holidays when Mercury Baroque and the Houston Chamber Choir present Handel’s Messiah.This is a rare opportunity for Houston audiences to hear the entire version of the work, as well as the beloved “Hallelujah” chorus, on period instruments as it was played when it was first performed. Immediately after the concert, the audience is invited to a holiday party with food, drink, and a silent and live auction. The annual event is a wonderful place to meet Antoine Plante and the musicians and to bid on an amazing selection of items. The holiday fundraiser benefits Mercury Baroque’s programming and educational outreach efforts.Ana Treviño-Godfrey, Soprano Gerrod Pagenkopf, Counter- Tenor Karim Sulayman, Tenor Paul Rowe, Bass Antoine Plante, Conductor   Tickets $32 to $59 (Holiday Party included in ticket price)Buy Tickets online at www.mercurybaroque.org and enter the promo code FOM when prompted to get a 15% discount, or call 713-533-0080.
 

Violinist Zachary Carrettin

Houston Early Music wishes to call your attention to an upcoming musical event in the Houston community: 
I am Zachary Carrettin, violinist; I have performed for Houston Early Music in the past as a member of El Mundo. Attached to this email you’ll find information for my upcoming solo Bach recital, “a Sonata, Partita and a Suite”, to be performed at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Rice Village. Between now and April I will be presenting all the unaccompanied works of J.S. Bach for ‘cello and violin in four concerts.
First performance: Saturday, December 15th, 8 pm.  For more information see this –> Zachary Carrettin postcard Artist’s website –> http://www.electricvivaldi.com/

Amahl and the Night Visitors

Houston Early Music wishes to call your attention to an upcoming musical event in the Houston community:
Amahl and the Night Visitors Saturday, December 15, 2007 at 2:00pm and 7:30pm Sunday, December 16, 2007 at 2:00pm and 7:30pm
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