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

HOUSTON EARLY MUSIC P. O. Box 271193 Houston, TX 77277-1193 HoustonEarlyMusic.org Media contact: Susan Love Fitts, 936-597-8825 susanlovefitts@consolidated.net 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

Houston Early Music wishes to call your attention to the following program:


 

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 www.mercurybaroque.org and enter the promo code FOM when prompted to get a 15% discount, or call 713-533-0080.
 

Reception following our Christmas Concert

Houston Early Music cordially invites you to a special holiday reception following our Christmas Concert IN DULCI JUBILO 

AULOS ENSEMBLE with JULIANNE BAIRD, soprano

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

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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The Christmas Revels

An American Christmas

The Christmas Revels – 2007

Saturday December 8th ~ 2:30pm & 8:00pm Sunday December 9th ~ 2:30pm Saturday December 15th ~ 2:30pm & 8:00pm Sunday December 16th ~ 2:30pm Rebecca & John Moores Opera House Entrance 16 Cullen Blvd University of Houston