“All I want for Christmas is a sackbut.” ~ Sara Hessel, KMFA Music Director

A review of the Dufay Collective concert – by Sara Hessel, , music director and producer of “Ancient Voices” on Austin’s KMFA 89.5.

http://classical895.wordpress.com/2011/12/22/all-i-want-for-christmas-is-a-sackbut-sara-hessel-kmfa-music-director/ 

…I couldn’t believe my luck when I heard that the UK-based Dufay Collective would be performing in Houston! I’ve been a fan of their spirited performances for years, and have played their excellent recordings on Ancient Voices many times. Their program of 16th- and 17th-century English music was sheer joy to listen to. Vocalist Vivien Ellis seemed to have stepped right out of one of Henry VIII’s Christmas revels with her clarion tone, excellent diction and storyteller’s sense. Especially memorable was an anonymous ballad called “To drive the cold winter away,” and the very moving “Thys endere nyghyt,” gorgeously arranged by director William Lyons. It was fascinating to watch the players switch effortlessly from one instrument to another: Mr. Lyons played flute, recorder, curtal (an ancestor of the bassoon) and bagpipes!…

Chronicle: Dufay brings music from the past to the present

Dufay brings music from the past to the present

By COLIN EATOCK
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
DUFAY COLLECTIVE
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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Press Release: DUFAY COLLECTIVE

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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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Houston Early Music Season for 2011-2012

 

2011-2012
… reimagining the past …

Music from the Middle Ages through the 18th Century
World-class concerts performed with historical instruments and with styles true to the period.


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Sunday, October 2, 2011
LA DONNA MUSICALE
Passionate Enemies

Christ the King Evangelical Lutheran Church, 5:00 p.m.

2353 Rice Boulevard, Houston, TX 77005

Pre-concert talk at 4:15 p.m.
Laury Gutiérrez, La Donna Musicale Director

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The Boston ensemble is back with music by women composers at the rival German courts of Frederic the Great and the House of Hapsburg. Foes on the battlefield, the zeal for victory extended to the salon, where passions ran high and nothing was spared in their lavish quest of the arts. Music by Frederic’s sister, Wilhelmine, and Anna Bon goes up against Hapsburg-sponsored Camilla de Rossi and Maria Teresa Agnesi. Soprano Shari Alise Wilson and countertenor Gerrod Pagenkopf. Violins, viola, violone, harpsichord and viola da gamba.


Sunday, December 11, 2011
DUFAY COLLECTIVE
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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Celebrate the season as this acclaimed British ensemble makes their Houston debut with their own brand of entertaining Christmas treats. Included are carols and a pretty number written by Henry VIII, after which things move to the streets with tavern music, ecstatic dances and foot-tapping ballads. This holiday delight includes voice and a feast of instruments including fiddle, harp, guitar, vielle, flute, recorder, percussion, hurdy-gurdy and bagpipes.


Friday, February 3, 2012
RICHARD EGARR, Harpsichord
The Harpsichord’s Golden Century

First Unitarian Universalist Church, 7:30 p.m.
5200 Fannin, Houston, TX 77004

Pre-concert talk at 6:45 p.m.
Richard Egarr

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Harpsichord superstar Richard Egarr returns to Houston with his trademark sense of discovery and a fresh, compelling look at the virtuosic works of 17th century composers Couperin, Purcell, Froberger and Blow. With his inquiring mind and adventurous spirit, Egarr engages the audience with a gripping performance of works from a time when there were no restrictions and eccentricity was the standard.


HISPANIC HERITAGE SERIES
Friday, March 2, 2012
LA MORRA

Tears Of A Lion: A Secret Concert For Pope Leo X

Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church, 7:30 p.m.
6221 Main Street, Houston, TX 77030

Pre-concert talk at 6:45 p.m.
La Morra ensemble members

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Individual tickets are $35 for general admission, $30 for seniors, and $10 for students with ID. Free admission is available for children under 15.

 

Houston Early Music is pleased to introduce this exciting young Swiss ensemble. While remembered for his extravagant lifestyle, Pope Leo X (1513-1521) was a noteworthy patron of arts and a man of great sensitivity for music. Himself a competent composer, Leo X clearly had a weakness for good musicians and his rise to the peak of ecclesiastical power brought about a true (albeit short) Golden Age for many of them. Follow LA MORRA to Pope’s private chamber for an intimate concert performed by the best of the pontiff’s “secret musicians.” Music by Pope Leo, Tromboncine, Encina, Francisco de la Torre, …  Madly beautiful music, performed on harp, fiddle, flutes, lute and vihuela de manna.

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Friday, May 4, 2012
TRIO SETTECENTO
The Scottish Play

Christ the King Lutheran Church, 7:30 p.m.
2353 Rice Boulevard, Houston, TX 77005 see map

PLEASE NOTE: THE LOCATION FOR THIS CONCERT HAS CHANGED

Due to circumstances beyond our control the new location is Christ the King Lutheran Church, 2353 Rice Boulevard, Houston, 77005 see map. Parking is available in the Rice University visitor lot on Greenbriar immediately south of Rice Boulevard, entrance 13A. Parking costs $1, payable only by major credit card. Swipe your card entering the lot, and use the same card to swipe again as you exit. (You will be charged only one time.)

Pre-concert talk at 6:45 p.m.
John Mark Rozendaal

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Individual tickets are $35 for general admission, $30 for seniors, and $10 for students with ID. Free admission is available for children under 15.

Rising star violinist Rachel Barton Pine is joined by acclaimed cellist John Mark Rozendaal and harpsichordist David Schrader in a spirited program of Scottish baroque music including earthy, infectious Hebridean fiddling and the renewed pleasures of poetic works of Scotland’s classical composers. Even the Italian virtuosi Geminiani and Veracini get in on the action with Scottish-themed compositions.

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