Season for 2016-2017

Houston Early Music Season for 2016-2017

Join Houston Early Music for its 2016-2017 Concert Season featuring renowned early music ensembles. 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 will encompass both masterworks and little-known gems with the goal of inspiring audiences to reimagine the past. 

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Friday, November 11, 2016, 7:30 PM


For Two Lutes: Virtuoso Duets from Italy and England.

Emerson Unitarian Church

1900 Bering Dr., 77057

Not to be missed! Two of the world’s finest lutenists, both Grammy nominees, team up for a dazzling selection of Elizabethan duets. After a recent performance of this program The Boston Globe declared “Both performers demonstrated unflagging technical mastery, a subtle sense of poetry, and an easy ensemble rapport…the two expert performers disclosed opulent worlds of fantasy and virtuosity.” Works by Terzi, Galilei, Piccinini, Johnson, Dowland and others.

Co-sponsored with Guitar Houston

Friday, December 9, 2016, 7:30 PM


With Cape Breton fiddler/baroque violinist David Greenberg

Frost and Fire: A Scottish Christmas Celebration

Christ Church Cathedral, 1117 Texas Ave. 77002

David Greenberg, Baroque violinist and Cape Breton-style fiddler, joins Musica Pacifica for an energetic holiday program of 18th-century Scottish and Baroque music.  With Cape Breton’s driving strathspeys and reels, soulful airs and merry jigs, alongside compositions of Scottish composers and Baroque icons, Frost and Fire  is a toe-tapping program blurring the boundaries of Folk and Classical music. Baroque violins, viola da gamba, harpsichord, and percussion.

A main-stage concert of the

2017 Houston Early Music Festival

Saturday, February 18, 2017, 7:30 PM


Il Mantovano Hebreo—Madrigals and Hebrew prayers
by Salomone Rossi (c. 1570-1630)  

Venue TBA

Founded in Israel, Profeti della Quinta (winner of the 2011 York Early Music Young Artists Competition) make their Houston debut with a program that portrays Salomone Rossi’s many-faceted art as a court composer in the service of the Gonzaga family and as a unique innovator of devotional music for the synagogue with a selection of his Italian madrigals, instrumental pieces, and Hebrew prayers. The male vocal quartet will be accompanied by harpsichord and theorbo.  

Emerging Artists Series

Friday, May 5, 2017 7:30 PM


Bach: The Next Generation

Venue TBA

A Houston debut for the Winners of the Grand Prize and Audience Prize at the 2014 Early Music America Baroque Performance Competition. This brilliant young ensemble explores music of Johann Sebastien Bach, and his composer sons Wilhelm Friedmann, Carl Philipp and the classicizing Johann Christian.  Also featured is music by Sebastien’s friend and colleague Georg Philip Telemann, the godfather of Carl Philip. Performed on baroque violin and cello, recorder and harpsichord.


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Sunday, April 24th, 2016, 4:00 PM

The Food of Love—Songs, Dances and Fancies for Shakespeare
Pre-concert talk at 3:15 PM
First Christian Church,
1601 Sunset Blvd., 77005

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Perennial Houston audience favorite, The Baltimore Consort offers a fascinating program of sixteenth century English music commemorating the 400th anniversary of the Bard’s death in 1616. Courtly and popular songs and dances of the day are interspersed with the music referenced in Shakespeare’s plays, performed by vocalists, plucked strings, viola da gamba and Renaissance wind instruments.

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Baltimore Consort Commemorates Shakespeare 400th in Houston

Baltimore Consort

The Baltimore Consort Commemorates Shakespeare 400th in Houston

Perennial favorite The Baltimore Consort will return to Houston Early Music on April 24, 2016, with a program titled “The Food of Love: Songs, Dances and Fancies for Shakespeare,” featuring music connected with Shakespeare’s plays to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the Bard’s death in 1616. Continue reading

The Orlando Consort — Apr. 1

Orlando Consort Website

In collaboration with Da Camera of Houston
Friday, April 1st, 2016, 8:00 PM

Voices Appeared: Silent Cinema and Medieval Music
Pre-concert lecture with Donald Grieg of Orlando Consort and Da Camera Artistic Director Sarah Rothenberg at 7:15 PM
Cullen Theatre,The Wortham Center,
500 Texas Ave., 77002


The Orlando Consort returns to Houston with the soundtrack for Carl Dryer’s 1928 cinematic masterpiece La Passion de Jeanne d’Arc.The acclaimed British vocal ensemble performs music drawn from the period depicted in the film, the early fifteenth century – plainchant, antiphons and motets, including works by Binchois and Dufay. (This concert is offered in our regular season subscription packages. Single tickets are available from Da Camera of Houston, 713-524-5050 or

From the Da Camera website:

Carl Theodor Dreyer’s The Passion of Joan of Arc is widely recognized as a silent film masterpiece, regularly appearing on lists of the top ten greatest films ever made. The world-renowned vocal ensemble Orlando Consort present an entirely new, carefully crafted soundtrack of music from the era in which the film is set. The intricate beauty of 15th-century works by Binchois and Dufay, together with animated motets and haunting plainsong, amplify the poignant depiction of medieval France. Dreyer’s portrayal of Joan of Arc is a film of extraordinary power, delivering an emotional experience that resonates as strongly today as it did in the 1920’s.

“a unique and compelling atmosphere… a vast contrast of sounds, some lively and joyful, others dramatic and fierce, fortified by the sonorous bass of guest singer Robert Macdonald…illuminating, accessible and overwhelmingly beautiful.” –

“The Orlando Consort’s performances are simultaneously ravishing and reverential.” — Los Angeles Times
“So extraordinary and otherworldly is this film’s power, you could believe you were watching the actual trial of Joan of Arc.” — The Guardian



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

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


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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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

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

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

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


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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Cantatas de Navidad Program Notes

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

Program Notes

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