Program Notes for In Dulci Jubilo

Of all the holidays in our western culture, Christmas, more than any other, transcends its religious origins and implications.  It has become for almost all of us a time to celebrate; an opportunity to rejoice.  Thus it is not surprising that Christmas is the inspiration for an unequalled wealth of musical composition, both vocal and instrumental, secular and non-secular. This body of literature spans all periods of musical history, from the Middle Ages to the present.  The “spirit” of Christmas has become such a part of our lives, that the month of December sees easily twice as many concerts as any other month of the year, for the inherent festive quality of music-making has become synonymous with celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ.  It is in this “spirit” that we offer “IN DULCI JUBILO”, a concert of vocal and instrumental works from the 16th to 18th-centuries, some with obvious references to the Holiday, others with less direct connections, and one work (Concerto in D major) by Vivaldi , that has nothing at all to do with Christmas and with which we open our program.

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Program Selections for In Dulci Jubilo

AULOS ENSEMBLE, with JULIANE BAIRD, SOPRANO

7:30 pm, Tues., Dec.. 11, 2007
Christ Church Cathedral
1117 Texas Avenue

In Dulci Jubilo

Concerto in D major, RV 94                                Antonio Vivaldi 
  Allegro-Largo-Allegro 
     
Traditional Carols 
  "In Dulci Jubilo" 
  "Coventry Carol" 
  "Shepherds Shake off your drousy Sleep" 
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Christmas Concert: IN DULCI JUBILO

AULOS ENSEMBLE with JULIANNE BAIRD, soprano

NOTE EARLY START TIME!  

7:30 p.m., Tue., Dec. 11, 2007
Christ Church Cathedral  
1117 Texas Avenue

Join us for a special holiday reception in the Great Hall following the concert!

Tickets:  713-432-1744


    Aulos Ensemble Julianne Baird

Christopher Krueger, flauto traverso
Marc Schachman, baroque oboe
Linda Quan, baroque violin
Myron Lutzke, baroque cello
Arthur Haas, harpsichord
with
Julianne Baird, soprano

 

Houston Early Music’s holiday offering, In Dulci Jubilo, features a return visit by New York’s Aulos Ensemble with soprano Julianne Baird at 7:30 pm, Tuesday, December 11, 2007 at Christ Church Cathedral, 1117 Texas Avenue.  Ms. Baird and the ensemble (baroque violin, cello, harpsichord, baroque flute and oboe) will perform vocal and instrumental works from the 16th to 18th centuries. In addition to traditional carols, the program includes arias by J.S. Bach, French noëls and a concerto by Vivaldi.

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Aulos Ensemble

Aulos Ensemble

History

Formed in 1973 by five Juilliard graduates, THE AULOS ENSEMBLE was at the forefront of a movement that was to capture the imagination of the American listening public. In 1978 with the release of their recording, “Masterpieces of the High Baroque”, AULOS‘ reputation for exhilarating performances informed with scholarly insight was firmly established. In those groundbreaking years, the group’s innovative programming featured a blend of flute, oboe, violin, cello, and harpsichord, later adding a viola da gamba. With its conservatory based training, Aulos brought an uncompromising standard of excellence in performance that resulted in invitations from virtually all of this country’s major chamber music presenters. This exposure helped create a new audience awareness for the rich rewards of this repertoire performed on “period instruments” and comments such as “scintillating”, “virtuosic”, and “authentic baroque performance at its best” from America’s most respected music critics.

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