Bob Stevenson’s interview with Richard Egarr on The Front Row

Many of you may have heard it already, but just in case you missed it, here is a link to Bob Stevenson’s interview with Richard Egarr on The Front Row:

http://www.thefrontrow.org/articles/1328115130-Houston-Early-Music—Richard-Egarr.html

Press Release: Houston Early Music to feature harpsichordist Richard Egarr, February 3

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Houston Early Music to feature harpsichordist Richard Egarr, February 3

 HOUSTON, TX – December 19, 2011 – Houston Early Music continues its 2011-2012 season with a performance by British harpsichordist and conductor Richard Egarr on Friday, Feb. 3. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. at the First Unitarian Universalist Church, 5200 Fannin in Houston, TX 77004. Egarr will also offer a pre-concert talk at 6:45 p.m.

 For the program, entitled The Harpsichord’s Golden Century, Egarr will present a fresh look at works of 17th century composers Louis Couperin and Johann Jakob Froberger, who were known to be great friends and colleagues.

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Richard Egarr rehearsing with Academy of Ancient Music

Enjoy this video of Richard Egarr rehearsing with Academy of Ancient Music

 

On Friday, Feb. 3, 2012, Houston Early Music presents harpsichord superstar Richard Egarr  with his trademark sense of discovery and a fresh, compelling look at the virtuosic works of 17th century composers Couperin, Purcell, Froberger and Blow. 

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.


View the print Season Brochure


 

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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Ticket purchase covers only part of the costs of bringing early music performances to Houston. We need the support of patrons like you. Please make your tax-deductible donation to Houston Early Music


Richard Egarr biography

BIOGRAPHY “WHEN I HEARD THAT ENGLAND’S ACADEMY OF ANCIENT MUSIC HAD HIRED KEYBOARDIST AND CONDUCTOR RICHARD EGARR, I WAS ABSOLUTELY DELIGHTED… I’VE BEEN WAITING FOR A CONDUCTOR LIKE EGARR TO COME ALONG FOR SOME TIME… HE’S ONE OF THE MOST EXCITING AND DELIGHTFUL MUSICIANS OF OUR TIME.” –National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered”, March 2008 Continue reading

RICHARD EGARR: Concert program and notes

PROGRAM NOTES

The Supreme Lesson -Bach’s Wohltemperirte Clavier…1722

clip_image002The Well-tempered Clavier, Or Preludes, and Fugues through all the Tones and Semi-tones, both with the major third or Ut, Re, Mi, and with the minor third or Re, Mi, Fa. For the use and practice of young musicians who desire to learn, as well as for the particular diversion of those who are already skilled in this study; made and composed by Johann Sebastian Bach, Kapellmeister for the time being to the Duke of Anhalt-Cöthen and director of his chamber music, Anno Domini 1722.

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Newsletter 6 November 2008

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Houston Early Music

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.

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  • Next concert and program notes

Tue., Nov. 11, 2008, 7:30PM
RICHARD EGARR, Harpsichord
J.S. BACH’S WELL-TEMPERED KLAVIER, BOOK 1
First Unitarian Universalist Church
5200 Fannin

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HARPSICHORDIST RICHARD EGARR PERFORMS J.S. BACH’S WELL-TEMPERED KLAVIER, BOOK I

Houston Early Music will present internationally-renowned harpsichordist Richard Egarr in a performance of Book I of J.S. Bach’s Well-Tempered Klavier using what is now widely believed to be the composer’s own tuning system.  While there is still vigorous debate as to what Bach actually meant by “well tempered,” Egarr believes  the master indicated the tuning he preferred in what would appear at first glance to be a decorative figure at the top of the title page. Using this system Egarr takes his audiences with him on a journey through the monumental collection – from the calm harmonic purity of the first prelude to the final craggy, chromatically charged fugue. 

The performance will be 7:30PM, Tuesday, November 11 at First Unitarian Universalist Church, 5200 Fannin.  Egarr will give a preconcert talk at 6:45PM.

Egarr, acclaimed Music Director of the Academy of Ancient Music, is one of the most versatile musicians performing today. He has worked with all types of keyboards and performed repertoire ranging from fifteenth-century organ works through Dussek and Chopin on early piano to Berg and Maxwell Davies on modern piano. He is in great demand as a soloist, chamber musician and conductor. Dubbed “the Bernstein of early music” (NPR) for his extraordinary charisma and outstanding ability to communicate with his audience, Egarr is noted for his close study and quest for historical authenticity.


Tickets are $30 for general admission, $25 for seniors, $10 for students, under 15 free. Tickets may be purchased at the door or by calling 713-432-1744.

Harpsichord used in this performance – Flemish double based on an instrument by Ruckers (early 17th century) by Gerald Self of San Antonio.

Our full season schedule is at http://www.houstonearlymusic.org/front/season 

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Phone 713-432-1744
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