Letter from the President



Dear Friends of Houston Early Music,

Among the many compliments we keep hearing from you is that no other organization presents the groups and music that we consistently bring to Houston from all over the country and all over the world. As a patron said at our last concert, “you can’t hear this kind of music anywhere else in Houston.” Not only do we bring these groups to you at our concerts, we continue our educational outreach in the community, bringing the groups to underprivileged children as well as providing master classes to local college students. We have every right to be proud of the organization, and are hopeful that more patrons of the arts will hear of our world-class concerts and artists and spread the word, especially during these economically challenging times.

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Houston Early Music now has presence on Facebook and Twitter. If you use these social networking services, you may follow us there, and please tell your friends about us.

Houston Early Music adds Online Ticket Service

Houston Early Music is pleased to announce that you can now purchase tickets to our performances on our web site, using major credit cards. We are using the Brown Paper Tickets service, especially suited for non-profit performing arts organizations. Brown Paper Tickets allows Houston Early Music to offer this service at very low cost, ensuring that the maximum amount of your ticket price goes for actual concert expenses. At this time, the first concert Red Priest is available for sale. In a few weeks we will add the remaining concerts to this service.

A message from Magali Candler, President of Houston Early Music

Dear Friends of Early Music,     I hope this message finds you and your family well, fully recovered from any ill effects of Hurricane Ike, and ready to celebrate the holidays and the new year.  Houston Early Music’s season has been celebrated by all, as well, starting with an extraordinary evening of music by La Donna Musicale in September, bringing the sounds of the Parisian salon with music of women composers of the French Baroque in the Rococo style. This was followed by a beautiful concert by the accomplished and internationally renowned harpsichordist, Richard Egarr, who performed J.S. Bach’s Well-Tempered Klavier, Book I in its entirety in November. Last week Libris Unusualis, a Boston-based vocal group, performed our Christmas concert of music from the Middle Ages. This well-attended concert was described by audience members as “ethereal,” with others telling me that they were “transported” by the beautiful voices and the perfect acoustics of Trinity Episcopal Church. Although the storm impacted attendance and ticket sales for our opening concert, held less than two weeks after the hurricane in a different location than the original due to damage at our publicized location, our most recent concerts have been better attended. This, despite the heavy rain the night of the Richard Egarr concert and the week-day night Christmas concert. As always, we continue our educational outreach in the community, including an event held at the Houston High School for the Visual and Performing Arts, where we presented Richard Egarr (and a harpsichord) to the students, who were delighted to hear him play and to attend his master class. We have every right to be proud of our over 40-year-old organization, but are hopeful that more patrons of the arts in Houston will hear of our world-class concerts and artists and publicize to others in the city and the state the excellent work we do in bringing world renowned artists to this city. Our next concert (Fretwork’s “Happy Birthday Henry!”) will be on Saturday, January 17, at 8:00pm at Christ Church Cathedral, 1117 Texas Avenue. The British group Fretwork, with mezzo-soprano Clare Wilkinson, will help us celebrate Henry Purcell’s 350th birthday. If you have not already purchased tickets, please do so today and visit our website, houstonearlymusic.org, for more information. As a friend of the organization, it is important for you to know that the consequences of Hurricane Ike, combined with general economic conditions, have put a serious strain on Houston Early Music’s already limited financial resources. Hence, I am making an urgent plea to our supporters to consider making a tax deductible contribution to the organization right away, remembering that your donation is tax deductible. As a mostly volunteer-run non-profit, the bulk of our expenses are artist fees. We need help from local early music enthusiasts to be able continue our history of bringing exceptional early music artists to Houston. Thank you for your consideration of this special request. Please send checks made out to Houston Early Music to P. O. Box 271193, Houston, Texas 77277 to reflect your support of the organization. On behalf of the Board of Directors I wish you and your family happy holidays and a healthy and prosperous 2009. Thank you again. Sincerely yours, Magali Suárez Candler President, Board of Directors

Go Green and Receive Free Tickets

Help Houston Early Music “Go Green” and Receive 2 Free Tickets to a Concert As easy as 1-2-3!

  1. Send your name, postal mailing address, and concert choice to GoGreen@HoustonEarlyMusic.org
  2. We will add you to our email list for concert reminders in place of post cards
  3. Your tickets will be at the Will Call desk at your chosen concert.
Houston Early Music wants to keep you better informed about our programs and also save printing and mailing pre-concert postcard reminders. If you subscribe to our email newsletter in place of postal mail, you save us expenses and reduce environmental waste. To show our gratitude, we will give you one pair of tickets to a future Houston Early Music concert. Send an email including your name, postal mailing address, and concert choice to GoGreen@HoustonEarlyMusic.org We will place you on our Houston Early Music News email list in place of sending postal mail outs. Your free tickets will be waiting for you at the “Will Call” desk at your chosen concert. You benefit in other ways, too: our email newsletter contains more information than we can put on a postcard and gives you background on the artists, program, and other events. We will continue to mail you annual concert and subscription forms at the beginning of each season. This offer is good for both new and current email list subscribers, whether or not you are on our postal mailing list .You don’t have to be a season ticket subscriber. It is limited to one pair of tickets per postal address. If you previously accepted our offer to “go green”, let us know and we will be pleased to provide you a pair of free tickets. And if you want receive our email newsletter and still receive the concert postcards, just let us know. Your email address will be kept private and used only to send you concert notices and related information from Houston Early Music. You may unsubscribe at any time by following the instructions in the newsletter, or sending an email to Unsubscribe@HoustonEarlyMusic.org

Help Houston Early Music “Go Green”

Help Houston Early Music “Go Green”

You can help conserve our environment and lower costs for Houston Early Music. Mailing postcard reminders to patrons prior to each concert uses up paper and costs us money. Many patrons rely on our website and email newsletter for concert information. If you are on our print (postal) mailing list and would like us to remove your name, please email us at info@houstonearlymusic.org