Ensemble Caprice (with program and notes)

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Program and Notes for Ensemble Caprice in “Music of Paradise and Hell” on March 5th

Fri., Mar. 5, 2010, 8:00PM Pre-concert talk at 7:15 p.m ENSEMBLE CAPRICE Music of Paradise and Hell Christ the King Lutheran Church 2353 Rice Blvd Houston Early Music presents Ensemble Caprice in Music of Paradise and Hell on March 5th at 8pm at Christ the King Lutheran Church, featuring a dazzling selection of 17th century works on recorders, viola da gamba, Baroque guitar and percussion. The performance coincides with the Society of Seventeenth-Century Music annual conference at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music. “The co-artistic directors, Matthias Maute and Sophie Larivièreare, are simply phenomenal players, among the best in the world,” says Nancy Ellis, Houston Early Music artistic director. “Their virtuosity, along with that of the other ensemble musicians, has earned Caprice a much-deserved reputation as one of the top early music groups on the international scene.” The ensemble also includes such outstanding musicians as Susie Napper on viola da gamba, David Jacques on Baroque guitar, and percussionist Ziya Tabassian. Originally founded in Germany, the now Montreal-based Ensemble Caprice aims for innovation as they head into their 20th anniversary season. “We try to find Baroque music that does not sound Baroque,” says Maute, who plays the recorder and Baroque flute, and composes. “There is so much music in the 17th and 18th century that is off the beaten tracks, that it gives us great pleasure to throw these unusual styles – like Baroque gypsy music – into our program.” Music of Paradise and Hell features music by such 17th century legends as Andrea Falconieri, Francesco Turini, Marco Uccellini, Francesco Corbetta and Johann Heinrich Schmelzer. “We are all somewhere in between heaven and hell, and we like to present programs that relate to us as contemporaries,” says Maute. “Needless to say, the composers of the 17th century had a lot to say on this subject.” Contrasts abound as well in considering the pairing of Andrea Falconieri and Johann Heinrich Schmelzer. “They never worked together, but when you witness the meeting of their music, it is as if John Lennon and Paul McCartney started joint song writing again,” says Maute. “It is ‘reality music,’ full of joy, conflict, dissonances, arguments, entertainment and sadness.” Matthias Maute will give a pre-concert talk at 7:15 p.m. Venue Christ the King Lutheran Church, 2353 Rice Blvd., Houston, TX 77005 Limited free parking is available on the lot west of Christ the King Lutheran Church. Ample parking is available for $1.00 (credit card only) across the street at Rice University’s stadium parking lot on the southeast corner of Rice & Greenbriar. Tickets Purchase online and at the door: $35 for general admission, $30 for seniors, and $10 for students (with student ID.) Free admission for children under 15.

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Newsletter 10 Feb. 2010

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Press Release: Ensemble Caprice

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Houston Early Music presents Baroque innovators, Ensemble Caprice

Music of Paradise and Hell, March 5, 2010

HOUSTON, TX— January 12, 2010 – Houston Early Music presents Ensemble Caprice in Music of Paradise and Hell on March 5th at 8pm at Christ the King Lutheran Church, featuring a dazzling selection of 17th century works on recorders, viola da gamba, Baroque guitar and percussion. The performance coincides with the Society of Seventeenth-Century Music annual conference at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music. Continue reading

Press release for 2009-2010 Season

Download this Press Release in MS Word file HOUSTON EARLY MUSIC P. O. Box 271193 Houston, TX 77277-1193 HoustonEarlyMusic.org Media contact: Susan Love Fitts, 936-597-8825 susanlovefitts@consolidated.net Houston Early Music announces 2009-2010 Season HOUSTON, TX— June 27, 2009 – Houston Early Music announces its 2009-2010 season featuring four internationally known groups – Red Priest, The Rose Ensemble, Ensemble Caprice and Tapestry. Each will delight audiences with inventive programs, outstanding virtuosity and their expertise in early music performance. Continue reading

Houston Early Music—2009-2010 Season

Houston Early Music is excited to announce the concerts in its 2009/2010 season. We hope you will join us for the outstanding performances by some of the leading artists in early music today. Please see our Subscription Page

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This season we will send our concert reminders via email. Please be sure to give us your contact information by emailing us at info@HoustonEarlyMusic.org or calling us at 713-432-1744. If you don’t use email, please let us know that by phone or mail at Houston Early Music, P.O. Box 271193, Houston, TX 77277-1193
 
     
clip_image001 Tue., Oct. 27, 2009, 7:30PM      RED PRIEST A Nightmare in Venice Trinity Episcopal Church 1015 Holman (at Main)  
  Just when you thought it was safe to go to a Baroque concert – UK’s Red Priest comes to town with a Halloween fest of some of the most extraordinary chamber music of the Baroque era, featuring Vivaldi’s Nightmare Concerto, Tartini’s Devil’s Trill sonata, Masque music by Robert Johnson, Gluck’s Dance of the Blessed Spirits, Leclair’s Demon Airs and Red Priest’s own Fantasia on Corelli’s La Follia. www.piersadams.com “If the Rolling Stones played recorder, violin, cello and harpsichord and their genre was 17th-century music, they would be the band called Red Priest” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette  
      HISPANIC HERITAGE SERIES 
clip_image001[5]         Sun., Dec. 13, 2009, 5:00PM THE ROSE ENSEMBLE Celebremos el NiñoA Mexican Baroque Christmas Christ Church Cathedral 1117 Texas Ave.
  Early Mexican music resounds in this joyful holiday program featuring over two centuries of festive Christmas dances, ballads and villancicos from the great cathedrals of Puebla and Mexico City. Accompanied by viola da gamba, vihuela da mano and percussion, solos and choruses burst forth in this program that’s anything but predictable. www.roseensemble.com “a scholarly, period-conscious group, they sing and play with a lusty ease that blows the dust off old music.” Milwaukee Journal Sentinel  
     
clip_image001[7] Fri., Mar. 5, 2010, 8:00PM      ENSEMBLE CAPRICE Music of Paradise and Hell Christ the King Lutheran Church 2353 Rice Blvd    
  Montreal-based Ensemble Caprice, under the artistic direction of recorder virtuosi Matthias Maute and Sophie Larivière, returns to perform a dazzling selection of 17th century works on recorders, viola da gamba, baroque guitar and percussion. The performance in conjunction with Society of Seventeenth-Century Music annual conference. www.ensemblecaprice.com “Such dazzling virtuosity on the recorder leaves you in staggering daze!  We wonder by which diabolical trick the flautists manage to articulate at such speed, with so much breath and energy.” Le Devoir – Canada Check out Matthias Maute at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gzp_fD6JlAQ –  
     
clip_image002       Fri., Apr. 16, 2010,  8:00PM TAPESTRY Faces of a Woman Trinity Episcopal Church 1015 Holman (at Main)
  The three women of Tapestry, joined by Shira Kammen, vielle and harp return to Houston with a program crisscrossing borders and centuries to tell tales of remarkable women who inspired nations and generations. These women captured the imaginations of artists, composers, and writers throughout the ages. www.tapestryboston05.com “An ensemble that plants haunting vibrations, old and new, in our ears.” Cleveland Plain Dealer  
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ENSEMBLE CAPRICE

Les Septs Sauts

Baroque Chamber Music at the Court of Stuttgart

Friday, March 16, 2007 at 8pm St. Philip Presbyterian Church 4807 San Felipe
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Preconcert talk at 7pm Matthias Maute, Co-director, Ensemble Caprice

For more information, including complete program notes, please see http://www.houstonearlymusic.org/2006/4caprice/
Montreal-based Ensemble Caprice makes its first visit to Houston on Friday, March 16 in a performance presented by Houston Early Music. The program of baroque pieces has been chosen to show the foreign influences that made music at the Court of Stuttgart so colorful. Internationally-acclaimed recorder/flute virtuosi Matthias Maute and Sophie Larivière will be joined in this performance by Suzie Napper (cello), Erin Helyard (harpsichord) and Ziya Tabassian (Turkish percussion) in works by Handel, Vivaldi, Froberger and Couperin. The program also features anonymous French contredanses and Italian balletti. Continue reading