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

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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.”

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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 Theater
Get 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.


Reception following our Christmas Concert

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


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

Please share this concert and reception announcement with friends who might enjoy our Christmas program.  You may forward our Christmas Concert email announcement

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


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

In Dulci Jubilo

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



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
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