Newsletter 27 March 2009

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presenting the world’s finest period ensembles and soloists … bringing to life music from the Middle Ages through the Renaissance to the Baroque and Classical periods. Experience with us early music played on original instruments, by musicians reviving performances of the past.

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Fri., 8:00 PM, April 3,  2009
Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church
6221 Main St. 

CURIOSE INVENZIONI: 17th Century Italian Musical Fireworks

GALATEA

Paul Beier, Director
Monica Huggett, baroque violin
Richard Savino, baroque guitar
Bruce Dickey, cornetto
Avi Stein, organ
Paul Beier, theorbo

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Milan-based early music ensemble Galatea will perform a program of 17th-century Italian masterpieces for the final concert of Houston Early Music’s season. Making return visits to Houston for this concert are baroque violinist Monica Huggett, guitarist Richard Savino and organist Avi Stein. Noted cornetto virtuoso Bruce Dickey and Paul Beier, theorbist and director of Galatea, round out the ensemble in playing works by Marini, Fontana, Merula, Kapsperger and others. The performance will be at 8:00PM, Friday, April 3 at Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church, 6221 Main Street.

Founded and directed by American lutenist Paul Beier, Galatea features the talents of some of the finest early music practitioners. The repertoire of Galatea is centered on innovative Italian music of the beginning of the seventeenth century, experimental and virtuosic, and of high artistic level—a bridge between the mature Renaissance and the Baroque period.

British violinist Monica Huggett is widely recognized as one of the finest early string players in the world. In addition to her performance and teaching duties in Europe she is the artistic director of the Portland Baroque Orchestra and has been guest director of the Philarmonia Baroque Orchestra. Recently she was named artistic director of the newly formed Juilliard Historical Performance Program.

Baroque guitarist Richard Savino is a familiar face in Houston having performed several times for Houston Early Music. In addition, he is frequently a guest artist with Ars Lyrica Houston, Mercury Baroque and Houston Grand Opera. He is professor of Music at California State University at Sacramento.

Bruce Dickey took his degree in musicology from Indiana University School of Music. He is one of the most celebrated virtuosos of the cornetto, a hybrid instrument made of wood with finger holes like a recorder and with a small trumpet-like mouthpiece. He is much in demand as a teacher, both of cornetto and early performance practice and teaches at the Schola Cantorum of Basel.

Prior to the concert at 7:00PM, there will be a lecture by ensemble member Richard Savino,

Tickets are $30 for general admission, $25 for seniors, $10 for students, under 15 free. Tickets may be purchased at the door or by calling 713-432-1744. www.HoustonEarlyMusic.org

 

Special Note on Parking:

There are two lots for Palmer  Memorial Episcopal Church. If you are coming from the north, use Fanin, and an entrance is just past the church on your right. If you are coming from the south, use Main Street and an entrance is also just past the church on your right. You will not be able to turn left into the lot going south on Main street.

See the website for Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church  and click on “Welcome / Map”

Our full season schedule is at http://www.houstonearlymusic.org/front/season

Contact

Houston Early Music P.O. Box 271193 Houston TX 77277-1193 Phone 713-432-1744 email info@HoustonEarlyMusic.org Web http://www.HoustonEarlyMusic.org

 

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CURIOSE INVENZIONI: 17th Century Italian Musical Fireworks

 MonicaHuggett

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fri., 8:00 PM, April 3,  2009
Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church
6221 Main St.

 

CURIOSE INVENZIONI: 17th Century Italian Musical Fireworks

GALATEA

Paul Beier, Director
Monica Huggett, baroque violin
Richard Savino, baroque guitar
Bruce Dickey, cornetto
Avi Stein, organ
Paul Beier, theorbo

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Newsletter 12 January 2009

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Fretwork, with Clare Wilkinson

8:00 PM
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Christ Church Cathedral
1117 Texas Ave.

7:00 PM Pre-concert lecture by Dr. Matthew Dirst

Tickets:  713-432-1744

HOUSTON EARLY MUSIC AND FRETWORK CELEBRATE PURCELL’S 350TH BIRTHDAY

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During 2009 the musical world will be celebrating the 350th anniversary of the birth of Henry Purcell (1659–1695), one of the most strikingly original and individual musical voices. Houston Early Music joins in the celebration by presenting the acclaimed British viol consort Fretwork in a program of the composer’s instrumental and vocal works. English mezzo-soprano Clare Wilkinson, whose ravishing voice has won her international critical acclaim, joins the consort in the program entitled Happy Birthday, Henry! The performance will be 8:00PM, Saturday, January 17, 2009 at Christ Church Cathedral, 1117 Texas Avenue.

In 2006, Fretwork celebrated 20 years of performing music old and new, and looks forward to a challenging and exciting future as the world’s leading consort of viols. In these last two decades, the ensemble has explored the core repertory of great English consort music, from Taverner to Purcell, and made classic recordings against which others are judged. In addition, Fretwork has become known as pioneers of contemporary music for viols, having commissioned over 30 new works. The list of composers is like the roll call of the most prominent writers of our time, including George Benjamin, Michael Nyman, Sir John Tavener, Elvis Costello, Alexander Goehr, John Woolrich, Peter Sculthorpe, Sally Beamish and Simon Bainbridge.

Prior to the concert at 7:00PM, there will be a lecture by Dr. Matthew Dirst, Moores School of Music, University of Houston.

Tickets are $30 for general admission, $25 for seniors, $10 for students, under 15 free. Tickets may be purchased at the door or by calling 713-432-1744.

Our full season schedule is at http://www.houstonearlymusic.org/front/season

Contact

Houston Early Music P.O. Box 271193 Houston TX 77277-1193 Phone 713-432-1744 email info@HoustonEarlyMusic.org Web http://www.HoustonEarlyMusic.org

 

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Next concert: FRETWORK with CLARE WILKINSON

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FRETWORK with CLARE WILKINSON, Mezzo-soprano
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, HENRY! - Celebrating Purcell’s 350th Birthday
Christ Church Cathedral
1117 Texas Avenue

A fitting birthday tribute for England’s greatest baroque composer – England’s finest performing his songs and instrumental works. Fretwork, the viol consort, is joined by the radiant voice of mezzo-soprano Clare Wilkinson.

Newsletter 29 November 2008

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Nowell: Christmas Songs Old & New

7:30PM, Monday, December 8, 2008
Trinity Episcopal Church
1015 Holman (at Main)

Houston Early Music will present the Boston-based vocal ensemble Liber unUsualis in a program of holiday music for four voices: a unique and broad-ranging collection of pieces from the Middle Ages and Renaissance combined with modern choral works based on ancient texts. The program, entitled Nowell: Christmas Songs Old & New, intertwines carols, villancicos, motets, and lullabies from across Europe with modern works such as Hugo Distler’s “Es ist ein Ros entsprungen,” John Joubert’s “There is no rose” and John Harbison’s “O magnum misterium.” The performance will be 7:30PM, Monday, Dec. 8, 2008 at Trinity Episcopal Church, 1015 Holman at Main.

Since its founding in 1996, Liber unUsualis has soared to prominence for its warm, compelling, and assured performances of Medieval and early-Renaissance music. The ensemble’s mastery of medieval vocal technique and its inventive programming have drawn enthusiastic audiences throughout the United States and Europe, where it regularly performs. The Boston Globe has praised Liber unUsualis for its “deeply moving” performances and its “hair-trigger sensitivity to what the words had to say.” These are the very qualities that have won for the group a grant from The Fund for U.S. Artists at International Festivals and Exhibitions (2004), First Prize at the International Young Artist’s Presentation – Early Music (Belgium, 2002), the Professional Development Award from Early Music America (2002) and semifinalist status at New York’s prestigious Concert Artists Guild Competition in 1999.

Tickets are $30 for general admission, $25 for seniors, $10 for students, under 15 free. Tickets may be purchased at the door or by calling 713-432-1744.

Our full season schedule is at http://www.houstonearlymusic.org/front/season

Contact

Houston Early Music P.O. Box 271193 Houston TX 77277-1193 Phone 713-432-1744 email info@HoustonEarlyMusic.org Web http://www.HoustonEarlyMusic.org

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Richard Egarr biography

BIOGRAPHY

“WHEN I HEARD THAT ENGLAND’S ACADEMY OF ANCIENT MUSIC HAD HIRED KEYBOARDIST AND CONDUCTOR RICHARD EGARR, I WAS ABSOLUTELY DELIGHTED… I’VE BEEN WAITING FOR A CONDUCTOR LIKE EGARR TO COME ALONG FOR SOME TIME… HE’S ONE OF THE MOST EXCITING AND DELIGHTFUL MUSICIANS OF OUR TIME.”

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RICHARD EGARR: Concert program and notes

PROGRAM NOTES

The Supreme Lesson -Bach’s Wohltemperirte Clavier…1722

clip_image002The Well-tempered Clavier, Or Preludes, and Fugues through all the Tones and Semi-tones, both with the major third or Ut, Re, Mi, and with the minor third or Re, Mi, Fa. For the use and practice of young musicians who desire to learn, as well as for the particular diversion of those who are already skilled in this study; made and composed by Johann Sebastian Bach, Kapellmeister for the time being to the Duke of Anhalt-Cöthen and director of his chamber music, Anno Domini 1722.

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Newsletter 6 November 2008

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performances of the past.

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  • Next concert and program notes
Tue., Nov. 11, 2008, 7:30PM
RICHARD EGARR, Harpsichord
J.S. BACH’S WELL-TEMPERED KLAVIER, BOOK 1
First Unitarian Universalist Church
5200 Fannin

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HARPSICHORDIST RICHARD EGARR PERFORMS J.S. BACH’S WELL-TEMPERED KLAVIER, BOOK I

Houston Early Music will present internationally-renowned harpsichordist Richard Egarr in a performance of Book I of J.S. Bach’s Well-Tempered Klavier using what is now widely believed to be the composer’s own tuning system.  While there is still vigorous debate as to what Bach actually meant by “well tempered,” Egarr believes  the master indicated the tuning he preferred in what would appear at first glance to be a decorative figure at the top of the title page. Using this system Egarr takes his audiences with him on a journey through the monumental collection – from the calm harmonic purity of the first prelude to the final craggy, chromatically charged fugue. 

The performance will be 7:30PM, Tuesday, November 11 at First Unitarian Universalist Church, 5200 Fannin.  Egarr will give a preconcert talk at 6:45PM.

Egarr, acclaimed Music Director of the Academy of Ancient Music, is one of the most versatile musicians performing today. He has worked with all types of keyboards and performed repertoire ranging from fifteenth-century organ works through Dussek and Chopin on early piano to Berg and Maxwell Davies on modern piano. He is in great demand as a soloist, chamber musician and conductor. Dubbed “the Bernstein of early music” (NPR) for his extraordinary charisma and outstanding ability to communicate with his audience, Egarr is noted for his close study and quest for historical authenticity.

Tickets are $30 for general admission, $25 for seniors, $10 for students, under 15 free. Tickets may be purchased at the door or by calling 713-432-1744.

Harpsichord used in this performance – Flemish double based on an instrument by Ruckers (early 17th century) by Gerald Self of San Antonio.

Our full season schedule is at http://www.houstonearlymusic.org/front/season 

Contact

Houston Early Music
P.O. Box 271193
Houston TX 77277-1193
Phone 713-432-1744
email info@HoustonEarlyMusic.org
Web http://www.HoustonEarlyMusic.org

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Houston Early Music News, 3 October 2008

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Houston Early Music

presenting the world’s finest period ensembles and soloists … bringing to life music from the Middle Ages through the Renaissance to the Baroque and Classical periods. Experience with us early music played on original instruments, by musicians reviving
performances of the past.

In this newsletter:

  • Next concert
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Tue., Nov. 11, 2008, 7:30PM
RICHARD EGARR, Harpsichord
J.S. BACH’S WELL-TEMPERED KLAVIER, BOOK 1
First Unitarian Universalist Church
5200 Fannin

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Dubbed “The Bernstein of early music” (NPR) for his extraordinary charisma and outstanding ability to communicate with his audience, Egarr will perform from J.S. Bach’s monumental collection of preludes and fugues.

Tickets are $30 for general admission, $25 for seniors, $10 for students, under 15 free. Tickets may be purchased at the door or by calling 713-432-1744.

The full season schedule is at http://www.houstonearlymusic.org/front/season 

Contact

Houston Early Music
P.O. Box 271193
Houston TX 77277-1193
Phone 713-432-1744
email info@HoustonEarlyMusic.org
Web http://www.HoustonEarlyMusic.org

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