Chronicle: Dufay brings music from the past to the present

Dufay brings music from the past to the present

Published 10:46 a.m., Friday, December 9, 2011

England’s Dufay Collective has been exploring Medieval and Renaissance music since 1987. In those years, they’ve released 10 recordings and have performed all over the world, from Morocco to Australia – but never before in Texas.

That will change Sunday when Houston Early Music brings the group to town to present To Drive the Cold Winter Away – Christmas Revelry in Renaissance England at Christ Church Cathedral.

Earlier this week, Dufay Collective artistic director William Lyons spoke from London about his ensemble, the program they’ll present in Houston – and his experiences in the film business.

Q:What can you say about the music you’ll be performing?


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Sunday, Dec. 11: DUFAY COLLECTIVE: Christmas Revelry in Renaissance England

Sunday, December 11, 2011
To Drive the Cold Winter Away – Christmas Revelry in Renaissance England

Christ Church Cathedral, 5:00 p.m.
1117 Texas Avenue, Houston, TX 77002

Pre-concert talk at 4:15 p.m.
Dufay Collective members

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Houston Early Music presents UK-based Dufay Collective

HOUSTON, TX – October 4, 2011 – Houston Early Music will celebrate the holiday season with a performance by the Dufay Collective on Sunday, December 11. The concert, which will feature Christmas music from Renaissance England, begins at 5 p.m. at Christ Church Cathedral, 1117 Texas Avenue, Houston, Texas 77002.

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Program Notes for Ciaramella in A Piper’s Noel

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Program, Notes, and Artist Biographies for A Piper’s Noël

December 13th, 2010


Adam Gilbert, Rotem Gilbert, Doug Milliken; recorder, shawm, bagpipes Greg Ingles, Erik Schmalz; slide trumpet, sackbut, recorder Alchymey Dylan Hostetter, counter tenor; N. Lincoln Hanks; tenor Joel Nesvadba, baritone; Jinyoung Jang, bass Continue reading

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

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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.

Coming up on Sunday, Dec. 13

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


Celebremos el NiñoA Mexican Baroque Christmas

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Program & Notes: THE ROSE ENSEMBLE Celebremos el Niño

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Celebremos el Niño:

Delights of the Mexican Baroque 

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Press Release: Celebrate the Holidays in Mexican Baroque style with The Rose Ensemble

HOUSTON EARLY MUSIC P. O. Box 271193 Houston, TX 77277-1193 Media contact: Susan Love Fitts, 936-597-8825 Celebrate the Holidays in Mexican Baroque style with The Rose Ensemble Houston Early Music’s Hispanic Heritage Series spotlights early music of the Americas HOUSTON, TX— November 5, 2009 – 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.” Continue reading

Handel’s Messiah

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Mercury Baroque and Houston Chamber Choir present Messiah

Friday December 14, 2007 at 7:00 pm Wortham Center, Cullen TheaterGet into the spirit of the holidays when Mercury Baroque and the Houston Chamber Choir present Handel’s Messiah.This is a rare opportunity for Houston audiences to hear the entire version of the work, as well as the beloved “Hallelujah” chorus, on period instruments as it was played when it was first performed. Immediately after the concert, the audience is invited to a holiday party with food, drink, and a silent and live auction. The annual event is a wonderful place to meet Antoine Plante and the musicians and to bid on an amazing selection of items. The holiday fundraiser benefits Mercury Baroque’s programming and educational outreach efforts.Ana Treviño-Godfrey, Soprano Gerrod Pagenkopf, Counter- Tenor Karim Sulayman, Tenor Paul Rowe, Bass Antoine Plante, Conductor   Tickets $32 to $59 (Holiday Party included in ticket price)Buy Tickets online at and enter the promo code FOM when prompted to get a 15% discount, or call 713-533-0080.