Newsletter 2 April 2010

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Ensemble Caprice (with program and notes)

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Program and Notes for Ensemble Caprice in “Music of Paradise and Hell” on March 5th

Fri., Mar. 5, 2010, 8:00PM Pre-concert talk at 7:15 p.m ENSEMBLE CAPRICE Music of Paradise and Hell Christ the King Lutheran Church 2353 Rice Blvd Houston Early Music presents Ensemble Caprice in Music of Paradise and Hell on March 5th at 8pm at Christ the King Lutheran Church, featuring a dazzling selection of 17th century works on recorders, viola da gamba, Baroque guitar and percussion. The performance coincides with the Society of Seventeenth-Century Music annual conference at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music. “The co-artistic directors, Matthias Maute and Sophie Larivièreare, are simply phenomenal players, among the best in the world,” says Nancy Ellis, Houston Early Music artistic director. “Their virtuosity, along with that of the other ensemble musicians, has earned Caprice a much-deserved reputation as one of the top early music groups on the international scene.” The ensemble also includes such outstanding musicians as Susie Napper on viola da gamba, David Jacques on Baroque guitar, and percussionist Ziya Tabassian. Originally founded in Germany, the now Montreal-based Ensemble Caprice aims for innovation as they head into their 20th anniversary season. “We try to find Baroque music that does not sound Baroque,” says Maute, who plays the recorder and Baroque flute, and composes. “There is so much music in the 17th and 18th century that is off the beaten tracks, that it gives us great pleasure to throw these unusual styles – like Baroque gypsy music – into our program.” Music of Paradise and Hell features music by such 17th century legends as Andrea Falconieri, Francesco Turini, Marco Uccellini, Francesco Corbetta and Johann Heinrich Schmelzer. “We are all somewhere in between heaven and hell, and we like to present programs that relate to us as contemporaries,” says Maute. “Needless to say, the composers of the 17th century had a lot to say on this subject.” Contrasts abound as well in considering the pairing of Andrea Falconieri and Johann Heinrich Schmelzer. “They never worked together, but when you witness the meeting of their music, it is as if John Lennon and Paul McCartney started joint song writing again,” says Maute. “It is ‘reality music,’ full of joy, conflict, dissonances, arguments, entertainment and sadness.” Matthias Maute will give a pre-concert talk at 7:15 p.m. Venue Christ the King Lutheran Church, 2353 Rice Blvd., Houston, TX 77005 Limited free parking is available on the lot west of Christ the King Lutheran Church. Ample parking is available for $1.00 (credit card only) across the street at Rice University’s stadium parking lot on the southeast corner of Rice & Greenbriar. Tickets Purchase online and at the door: $35 for general admission, $30 for seniors, and $10 for students (with student ID.) Free admission for children under 15.

PROGRAM NOTES AND ARTIST BIOGRAPHIES

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Newsletter 10 Feb. 2010

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Press Release: Ensemble Caprice

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Houston Early Music presents Baroque innovators, Ensemble Caprice

Music of Paradise and Hell, March 5, 2010

HOUSTON, TX— January 12, 2010 – Houston Early Music presents Ensemble Caprice in Music of Paradise and Hell on March 5th at 8pm at Christ the King Lutheran Church, featuring a dazzling selection of 17th century works on recorders, viola da gamba, Baroque guitar and percussion. The performance coincides with the Society of Seventeenth-Century Music annual conference at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music. Continue reading

Concert Reminder: THE ROSE ENSEMBLE Celebremos el Niño – A Mexican Baroque Christmas

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Coming up on Sunday, Dec. 13

Houston Early Music and The Religion and the Arts Council, Christ Church Cathedral, present:

THE ROSE ENSEMBLE

Celebremos el NiñoA Mexican Baroque Christmas

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Program & Notes: THE ROSE ENSEMBLE Celebremos el Niño

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  • About the Rose Ensemble
  • Translations of song texts

Houston Early Music 

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The Religion and the Arts Council,

Christ Church Cathedral 
 

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THE ROSE ENSEMBLE 
 
 

Celebremos el Niño:

Delights of the Mexican Baroque 

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Newsletter 6 November 2009

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  • Next concert: Rose Ensemble, Sunday, Dec. 13, 2009, 5:00 p.m.
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Next Concert:

Sun., Dec. 13, 2009, 5:00PM THE ROSE ENSEMBLE Celebremos el NiñoA Mexican Baroque Christmas Christ Church Cathedral 1117 Texas Ave. Pre-concert talk at 4:15PM Ample free parking is available in the Cathedral Parking Garage across San Jacinto Street (northbound) opposite the Cathedral. Houston Early Music presents The Rose Ensemble in Celebremos el Niño – A Mexican Baroque Christmas on Sunday, December 13 at 5:00 p.m., at Christ Church Cathedral as part an annual tradition, the Hispanic Heritage Series. The internationally known group brings a rare collection of early Mexican music, featuring over two centuries of festive Christmas dances, ballads and villancicos from the great cathedrals of Puebla and Mexico City. “This is remarkable music that is not heard that often,” says Nancy Ellis, artistic director of Houston Early Music. “We are delighted to bring The Rose Ensemble to Houston for the very first time.” Founded in 1996 by artistic director Jordan Sramek, The Rose Ensemble is a recipient of the 2005 Chorus America Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence and a first-place winner in the sacred music category at the 2007 Tolosa International Choral Competition. The group specializes in bringing to audiences a repertoire that spans over 1,000 years in more than 25 languages. In addition, they are well-known for their research in Hawaiian, Swedish, Middle Eastern and American vocal traditions. “Why do what everyone else is doing?” asks Sramek. “We aim to explore the lesser-known areas of early music.” In addition to being known for their rich research, the Minneapolis-based group is also famous for its energetic performances. “We can be simultaneously scholarly and entertaining,” quips Sramek. “And we have had the good fortune to work with some of the best musicologists of our time who have created wonderful transcriptions for us.” Celebremos el Niño – A Mexican Baroque Christmas provides a perfect example of the kind of far reaching programming that characterizes the Ensemble’s approach. “On a historical level, things can get really exciting. These composers saw Mexico as an open playing field. With fewer restrictions from the Catholic church, we see more compositional experimentation. We see the use of native dance rhythms in the liturgy to entice people to come to church. Seventeenth-century street and dance music became fashionable, even in high mass, during the Mexican Baroque era. Spanish composers used the vivid rhythms and energy of the xácara to drive forward the plots of operas and to introduce theatrical excitement into church music,” says Sramek. “Villancicos even depict the song and dance of African slaves in the Spanish colonies.” The group of ten singers and three instrumentalists tour nationally and internationally. “We are excited to bring this joyous program to Texas,” says Sramek. “We are always delighted to perform in a city such as Houston that has such a substantial early music scene.” Artistic director Jordan Sramek will present a pre-concert talk at 4:15 p.m.

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