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 Returns to Houston Bringing Christmas Cheer

Chatham Baroque Returns to Houston Bringing Christmas Cheer

Chatham Baroque will journey from its wintry home in Pittsburgh to the Houston Early Music series with “Cantadas de Navidad,” a joyous program of Spanish and Latin American Christmas music, which will be presented on Saturday, Dec. 5, at Christ Church Cathedral as part of the Hispanic Heritage Series.

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Concert Chorale of Bellaire High School Joins Rose Ensemble to Open Houston Early Music Season

Concert Chorale of Bellaire High School Joins Rose Ensemble to Open Houston Early Music Season

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HOUSTON – Aug. 25, 2015 – Minnesota-based Rose Ensemble returns to Houston on Sunday, Oct. 18, to open the Houston Early Music season with “Music from the Land of Three Faiths: Voices of Ancient Mediterranean Jews, Christians, and Muslims” at St. Philip Presbyterian Church, 4807 San Felipe St. 77056. Exploring language, spirituality and cultural exchange, this Emerging Artists Series program will also feature the Concert Chorale of Bellaire High School.

“Our program highlights the Hispano-Arabic Middle Ages as both an important and devastating chapter of Judaic, Christian and Islamic history,” said Jordan Sramek, founder and artistic director of the Rose Ensemble. The 13th and early-14th centuries witnessed fertile cultural exchanges between Jews, Muslims and Christians, particularly in Spain, but the country had expelled all non-Christians by 1492.

The program includes several songs from the Cantigas de Santa Maria (Songs of the Virgin Mary), a culturally diverse collection of poetry, music and art from the court of Spain’s King Alfonso X (1252-1284). There also will be traditional Sephardic songs that the Jews took with them to North Africa and Eastern Europe when they were expelled from Spain. Other offerings range from 12th-century Italian plainchant to Bedouin folk music, with many stops in between.

Celebrating its 20th anniversary this season, the Rose Ensemble features nine vocalists, although Sramek also plays psaltery and hurdy-gurdy in addition to singing tenor. Instrumentalists include oud player David Burk, percussionist Tim O’Keefe and vielle, rebec and harp player Ginna Watson.

Before the concert, the ensemble will spend the weekend in residency at Bellaire High School, working with students in its Concert Chorale. A similar, although smaller, outreach event there during the Rose Ensemble’s last visit to the Houston Early Music series in 2013 led to the current concert collaboration with the Chorale.

“We were particularly struck by [the students’] engagement throughout the activities,” said Sramek about the 2013 Bellaire High School outreach, a lecture/demonstration. “We left wondering whether more intensive activities – such as a residency – couldn’t produce something truly magical.”

Recognized internationally as a leader and innovator in vocal music, the Rose Ensemble won the 2005 Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence and took first place in both the secular and sacred categories at the 2012 Tolosa International Choral Competition in Spain.

The Rose Ensemble, with the Concert Chorale of Bellaire High School, will present “Music from the Land of Three Faiths: Voices of Ancient Mediterranean Jews, Christians, and Muslims” on Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015, at 5 p.m. at St. Philip Presbyterian Church, 4807 San Felipe St., Houston, Texas 77056. A preconcert talk will begin at 4:15 p.m.

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

Press Release: Ciaramella Adds Joyful Noise to Houston Early Music Series

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Ciaramella Adds Joyful Noise to Houston Early Music Series

California-based ensemble brings fresh new sound to genre with skillful improvisations 

HOUSTON – January 6, 2015 – Los Angeles-based Ciaramella will perform songs, dances and sacred chants from medieval and Renaissance times as a part of Houston Early Music’s 2014-2015 season series. Presented as a main-stage concert for the Houston Early Music Festival, the ensemble’s performance, titled “Make a Joyful Noise” will take place at Houston’s First Evangelical Lutheran Church on Sunday, Feb. 15, at 3 p.m.  Continue reading

Press Release: Houston Early Music Celebrates the Season with El Mundo

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Houston Early Music Celebrates the Season with El Mundo

Program highlights include newly found work from the Archdiocese of Los Angeles

HOUSTON – September 23, 2014 – Houston Early Music audience favorite El Mundo returns to celebrate the holidays with a performance of “Villancicos y Cantatas de Navidad,” a program of 17th- and 18th-century seasonal music from Spain, Italy and Latin America on Dec. 12 at Christ Church Cathedral.  Continue reading

Press Release: TAFELMUSIK — THE GALILEO PROJECT: MUSIC OF THE SPHERES

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DA CAMERA AND HOUSTON EARLY MUSIC PRESENT award-winning tafelmusik baroque orchestra with THE GALILEO PROJECT: MUSIC OF THE SPHERES, NOV. 13 at WORTHAM CENTER 

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Press Release: Apollo’s Fire

Press Release: Apollo’s Fire

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Apollo’s Fire Opens Houston Early Music Season with Vespers of 1610

 HOUSTON – August 25, 2014 — Apollo’s Fire, The Cleveland Baroque Orchestra, will open the Houston Early Music season on Nov. 10 with a performance of Claudio Monteverdi’s magnificent Vespers of 1610 in one of Houston’s most dramatic concert settings, the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, co-sponsor of the event.

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Press Release: Houston Early Music 2014-2015 Season

Press Release: Houston Early Music Announces 2014-2015 Concert Season

 HOUSTON – July 8, 2014 – Join Houston Early Music for its expanded 2014-2015 Concert Season featuring six 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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