Schütz choir to offer new early-music venue

Feb. 8, 2008, By CHARLES WARD /  Houston Chronicle

Houston’s early-music scene is getting another major boost with the founding of the Heinrich Schütz Choir of Texas.

Based at First Evangelical Lutheran Church, in Midtown, the new ensemble debuts on April 20 with a Vesper service featuring Schütz’s Musikalische Exequien, an hour-plus work considered the composer’s most important funeral music. Allen Hightower, director of choral activities at Sam Houston State University, will conduct. The initial concert will feature 24 singers, period instruments and other works of Schütz.

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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 Theater
Get 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/