THE BALTIMORE CONSORT — Sunday Apr. 24

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Sunday, April 24th, 2016, 4:00 PM
THE BALTIMORE CONSORT

The Food of Love—Songs, Dances and Fancies for Shakespeare
Pre-concert talk at 3:15 PM
First Christian Church,
1601 Sunset Blvd., 77005

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Perennial Houston audience favorite, The Baltimore Consort offers a fascinating program of sixteenth century English music commemorating the 400th anniversary of the Bard’s death in 1616. Courtly and popular songs and dances of the day are interspersed with the music referenced in Shakespeare’s plays, performed by vocalists, plucked strings, viola da gamba and Renaissance wind instruments.

Shakespeare’s plays contain hundreds of musical references, including incidental music such as dances and fantasies (fancies), as well as songs written by the playwright and other authors of his time.

The program draws from 10 Shakespeare plays, including “The Tempest,” “As You Like It,” “Twelfth Night,” “Romeo and Juliet,” “A Winter’s Tale,” “Hamlet,” “The Merry Wives of Windsor,” “Othello,” “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and “Henry IV, Part II.”

Among the highlights are famous Shakespeare songs like “Where The Bee Sucks,” sung by Ariel in “The Tempest” and based on a melody written by Robert Johnson, who wrote a number tunes for which the Bard provided the lyrics. There are also tangentially related songs such as “The Carman’s Whistle,” which is mentioned by Falstaff in “Henry IV, Part II” but never sung in any of the plays.

Other highlights include well-known folk songs like “Greensleeves” and lesser-known pieces such as the broadside ballad “Complain My Lute.” Dances range from lively jigs and galliards to statelyalmans, several of them by John Dowland.

Baltimore Consort Commemorates Shakespeare 400th in Houston

Baltimore Consort

The Baltimore Consort Commemorates Shakespeare 400th in Houston

Perennial favorite The Baltimore Consort will return to Houston Early Music on April 24, 2016, with a program titled “The Food of Love: Songs, Dances and Fancies for Shakespeare,” featuring music connected with Shakespeare’s plays to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the Bard’s death in 1616. Continue reading

Season for 2015-2016

Houston Early Music Season for 2015-2016

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. This season will encompass both masterworks and little-known gems with the goal of inspiring audiences to reimagine the past. Four of the five performances also feature a discussion program with ensemble members prior to the performances.


Emerging Artists Series
Sunday, October 18th, 2015, 5:00 PM
THE ROSE ENSEMBLE
with The Concert Chorale of Bellaire High School

Music from the Land of Three Faiths: Voices of Ancient Mediterranean Jews, Christians, and Muslims
Pre-concert talk at 4:15 PM
St. Philip Presbyterian Church,
4807 San Felipe St., 77056

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Minnesota-based Rose Ensemble returns to Houston, bringing a fascinating exploration of language, spirituality and cultural exchange in the Land of Three Faiths. This entertaining and enlightening program is steeped in the rich history of the Abrahamic faiths. A perfect balance of edgy improvisation, exotic vocal styles, and ancient traditions is achieved via instruments and melded musical ideas of both the Middle East and Europe. The ensemble will be joined by The Concert Chorale of Bellaire High School.

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Hispanic Heritage Series
Saturday, December 5, 2015, 7:30 PM
CHATHAM BAROQUE

Cantadas de Navidad
Pre-concert talk at 6:45 PM
Christ Church Cathedral,
1117 Texas Ave., 77002

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Don’t miss this marvelous ensemble’s anticipated return to the Houston Early Music stage with a joyous Christmas program featuring the music of Spain and the New World.Works by Juan Gutierrez de Padilla, Santiago de Murcia, Gaspar Sanz and Ignacio Jerusalem are highlighted by vocals, violins, plucked instruments and percussion.The trio will be joined by soprano Nell Snaidas, countertenor Jose Lemos and percussionist Danny Mallon.

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A main-stage concert of the 2016 Houston Early Music Festival
Sunday, February 14th, 2016, 4:00 PM
LUCIDARIUM

Ay me sospiri – Love Letters from the Italian Renaissance
Pre-concert talk at 3:15 PM
First Evangelical Lutheran Church,
1311 Holman St., 77004

lucidarium

What a perfect way to celebrate Valentine’s Day! Lucidarium will sonically embrace you with a splendid musical concert of love in the Italian Renaissance tradition. The ensemble vocalists are joined by period winds, plucked instruments, percussion, hammer dulcimer and viola da gamba in the poetry and music of the late 15th to mid-16th centuries.


In collaboration with Da Camera of Houston
Friday, April 1st, 2016, 8:00 PM
THE ORLANDO CONSORT

Voices Appeared: Silent Cinema and Medieval Music
Pre-concert lecture with Donald Grieg of Orlando Consort and Da Camera Artistic Director Sarah Rothenberg at 7:15 PM
Cullen Theatre,The Wortham Center,
500 Texas Ave., 77002

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The Orlando Consort returns to Houston with the soundtrack for Carl Dryer’s 1928 cinematic masterpiece La Passion de Jeanne d’Arc.The acclaimed British vocal ensemble performs music drawn from the period depicted in the film, the early fifteenth century – plainchant, antiphons and motets, including works by Binchois and Dufay. Our subscribers receive a significant discount on preferred seating for this concert. Single tickets will only be available from Da Camera of Houston, 713-524-5050 or dacamera.com.


Sunday, April 24th, 2016, 4:00 PM
THE BALTIMORE CONSORT

The Food of Love—Songs, Dances and Fancies for Shakespeare
Pre-concert talk at 3:15 PM
First Christian Church,
1601 Sunset Blvd., 77005

baltimore small

Perennial Houston audience favorite, The Baltimore Consort offers a fascinating program of sixteenth century English music commemorating the 400th anniversary of the Bard’s death in 1616. Courtly and popular songs and dances of the day are interspersed with the music referenced in Shakespeare’s plays, performed by vocalists, plucked strings, viola da gamba and Renaissance wind instruments.


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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

Photos from the Baltimore Consort, 11 Dec 2012

These photos are from our Christmas concert by the Baltimore Consort, 11 December 2012

Photo credits: Donn Mumma

December 11: BALTIMORE CONSORT

Celebrate the Yuletide season with the engaging music of this dynamic group.With their always festive cornucopia of instruments—lute, cittern, viols, crumhorns, recorders, rebec and percussion—this virtuosic ensemble offers old carols and dance tunes from the British Isles, Germany, France, Spain and the New World.


Tuesday, December 11, 2012

BALTIMORE CONSORT

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Press Release: Baltimore Consort celebrates holidays with Houston Early Music

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Baltimore Consort celebrates holidays with Houston Early Music

“Wassail, Wassail!” program includes traditional carols and dance tunes from the British Isles, France, Spain, Germany and Appalachia

 

HOUSTON, TX – October 18, 2012 – The Baltimore Consort will bring a festive Yuletide program titled “Wassail, Wassail!” to Houston Early Music on Tuesday, December 11. The concert, which will begin at 7:30 p.m. at Christ Church Cathedral, celebrates the season with old carols and dance tunes from the British Isles, France, Spain, Germany and Appalachia.

“We are truly looking forward to being in Houston again,” said Mary Anne Ballard, who plays viols and rebec with the Consort and is a favorite of Houston Early Music audiences. The group has appeared some half-dozen times on the series, most recently in 2008.

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Houston Early Music Season for 2012-2013

The season includes the exciting debut of our Emerging Artist Series, highlighting up and coming artists of excellence. We welcome the opportunity to again collaborate with Da Camera of Houston—this time in a delicious Golden Age experience featuring Le Poème Harmonique.

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¡Cancionero! – Houston Chronicle Review

By CHARLES WARD — Houston Chronicle

….Brazilian-Uruguayan countertenor José Lemos sang with appealing simplicity and directness. With a smooth sound that served the music, he could twist listeners around a vocal finger with sensuous melodies or, aided by the instrumentalists, make them fidget with energy.

Playing a wide variety of flutes, recorders, strummed and bowed string instruments (the crumhorn was ailing and couldn’t be used), the Consort had great fun producing spirited, polished music for the large audience in Midtown’s First Evangelical Lutheran Church, which is slowly becoming a location for performances of liturgical and early music as part of its overall rejuvenation.

Consort members noted that the ensemble is now in its 28th year of touring, but one took a moment to congratulate Houston Early Music on its 40th anniversary (it previously was known as the Houston Harpsichord Society). Because of the group, Houston has become a key stop for touring early-music performers, he said.

More at The dark side of ¡Cancionero! | Chron.com – Houston Chronicle