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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Season for 2015-2016

Houston Early Music Season for 2015-2016

Join Houston Early Music for its 2015-2016 Concert Season featuring five 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. Four of the five performances also feature a discussion program with ensemble members prior to the performances.


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

rose

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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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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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.


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

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

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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. Our subscribers receive a significant discount on preferred seating for this concert. Single tickets will only be available from Da Camera of Houston, 713-524-5050 or dacamera.com.


Sunday, April 24th, 2016, 4:00 PM
THE BALTIMORE CONSORT

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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Press Release: Houston Early Music Announces 2015-2016 Concert Season

Houston Early Music Announces 2015-2016 Concert Season

HOUSTON – June 26, 2015 – Join Houston Early Music for its 2015-2016 Concert Season featuring five 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. 

“We are pleased to welcome The Rose Ensemble back to Houston, which this season will be joined by The Concert Chorale of Bellaire High School following a weekend residency working with the Ensemble,” said Nancy Ellis, artistic director of Houston Early Music. “We are excited to once again team up with Da Camera of Houston, this time for a return visit of The Orlando Consort, which will perform a silent film soundtrack of music from the early 15th century on April 1. Then later in the month, The Baltimore Consort returns to Houston with a program that commemorates the 400th anniversary of the death of Shakespeare.”  Continue reading

Friday, Apr. 10: QUICKSILVER — Stile Moderno, New Music from the 17th Century

LIMITED TIME OFFER: Receive 15% off ADULT and SENIOR tickets to QUICKSILVER performance when purchased online. But hurry: online sales close 6 hours before the concert.

QUICKSILVER
Stile Moderno, New Music from the 17th Century

Fri., Apr. 10, 2015, 7:30 pm
Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church,
4930 West Bellfort Ave. 77035

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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.


Only two concerts remain in our 2014-2015 season

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

Friday, Mar. 27: THE SEBASTIANS — Bach and Forth

EMERGING ARTISTS SERIES

THE SEBASTIANS
Bach and Forth

Fri., Mar. 27, 2015, 7:30 pm
First Evangelical Lutheran Church,
1311 Holman St. 77004

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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.


Houston Early Music Festival, February 12-15

Houston Early Music is part of the third annual Houston Early Music Festival (HEMF), which runs from February 12-15, 2015, and is sponsored by partner organizations Ars Lyrica Houston, Bach Society Houston, Houston Early Music, Mercury – The Orchestra Redefined and Piping Rock Singers. HEMF will feature five main-stage performances and an inaugural Young Artist Showcase program, which highlights current student period-instrument ensembles from Texas university and college music programs. For a list of all performances, visit  www.houstonearlymusicfestival.org. Individual tickets to concerts are available through respective organizations, and discounted festival passes are available via the HEMF website or phone at 713-533-0080

Sunday, Feb. 15: CIARAMELLA — Make a Joyful Noise

CIARAMELLA
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.  

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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