Newsletter 27 March 2009

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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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Fri., 8:00 PM, April 3,  2009
Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church
6221 Main St. 

CURIOSE INVENZIONI: 17th Century Italian Musical Fireworks

GALATEA

Paul Beier, Director
Monica Huggett, baroque violin
Richard Savino, baroque guitar
Bruce Dickey, cornetto
Avi Stein, organ
Paul Beier, theorbo

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Milan-based early music ensemble Galatea will perform a program of 17th-century Italian masterpieces for the final concert of Houston Early Music’s season. Making return visits to Houston for this concert are baroque violinist Monica Huggett, guitarist Richard Savino and organist Avi Stein. Noted cornetto virtuoso Bruce Dickey and Paul Beier, theorbist and director of Galatea, round out the ensemble in playing works by Marini, Fontana, Merula, Kapsperger and others. The performance will be at 8:00PM, Friday, April 3 at Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church, 6221 Main Street.

Founded and directed by American lutenist Paul Beier, Galatea features the talents of some of the finest early music practitioners. The repertoire of Galatea is centered on innovative Italian music of the beginning of the seventeenth century, experimental and virtuosic, and of high artistic level—a bridge between the mature Renaissance and the Baroque period.

British violinist Monica Huggett is widely recognized as one of the finest early string players in the world. In addition to her performance and teaching duties in Europe she is the artistic director of the Portland Baroque Orchestra and has been guest director of the Philarmonia Baroque Orchestra. Recently she was named artistic director of the newly formed Juilliard Historical Performance Program.

Baroque guitarist Richard Savino is a familiar face in Houston having performed several times for Houston Early Music. In addition, he is frequently a guest artist with Ars Lyrica Houston, Mercury Baroque and Houston Grand Opera. He is professor of Music at California State University at Sacramento.

Bruce Dickey took his degree in musicology from Indiana University School of Music. He is one of the most celebrated virtuosos of the cornetto, a hybrid instrument made of wood with finger holes like a recorder and with a small trumpet-like mouthpiece. He is much in demand as a teacher, both of cornetto and early performance practice and teaches at the Schola Cantorum of Basel.

Prior to the concert at 7:00PM, there will be a lecture by ensemble member Richard Savino,

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. www.HoustonEarlyMusic.org

 

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There are two lots for Palmer  Memorial Episcopal Church. If you are coming from the north, use Fanin, and an entrance is just past the church on your right. If you are coming from the south, use Main Street and an entrance is also just past the church on your right. You will not be able to turn left into the lot going south on Main street.

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CURIOSE INVENZIONI: 17th Century Italian Musical Fireworks

 MonicaHuggett

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fri., 8:00 PM, April 3,  2009
Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church
6221 Main St.

 

CURIOSE INVENZIONI: 17th Century Italian Musical Fireworks

GALATEA

Paul Beier, Director
Monica Huggett, baroque violin
Richard Savino, baroque guitar
Bruce Dickey, cornetto
Avi Stein, organ
Paul Beier, theorbo

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Concert: LUCIDARIUM, 4 May 2008

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Houston Early Music              
Who:   LUCIDARIUM

When:   4:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 4, 2008

Where:    First Unitarian Universalist Church 5200 Fannin                                                                                                                          

Tickets:  713-432-1744                  

 

MUSIC AND POETRY OF THE JEWS OF RENAISSANCE ITALY

                                                             

Houston Early Music will present the acclaimed Italian ensemble Lucidarium in a performance of La Istoria de Purim: Music and Poetry of the Jews of Renaissance Italy on Sunday, May 4.  The program, which won the European Association for Jewish Culture award for musical creation in 2004, is a reconstruction of the soundscape that would have accompanied a typical Northern Jewish Italian family through the liturgical year and life cycle. It combines sung poetry in Giudeo-Italian, Yiddish and Hebrew, traditional liturgical and paraliturgical music, and the lively songs and dances that would have been used to celebrate life’s transitions. The performance will be at First Unitarian Universalist Church, 5200 Fannin, at 4:00 p.m.

Founded in 1991, Lucidarium specializes in medieval and early Renaissance music with a special emphasis on unknown or little-known repertoires. The combination of meticulous preparation and creativity, which has opened up new perspectives in historical performance practice, has brought both popular and critical acclaim to the ensemble.  Lucidarium has toured extensively throughout Europe and North America and has performed in most of the important European early music festivals, including: Festival van Oude Muziek (Utrecht,) Festival Divina Musica Musica e Poesia a San Maurizio (Milan) and Freunde alter Musik Basel. Recently the ensemble won an unprecedented second EAJC award, as well as a grant from the Rothschild Foundation, for the creation and recording of Ain neues Lid, a project dedicated to the music of the German-speaking Jews from the 16th century.

There will be a preconcert talk at 3:00 p.m. by Avery Gosfield, Co-director of Lucidarium.

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. 

Houston Early Music is funded in part by grants from the City of Houston

through Houston Arts Alliance.

LUCIDARIUM

 

Gloria Moretti: voice

Viva Biancaluna Biffi: voice, viola d’arco

Enrico Fink: voice, narrator

Avery Gosfield: recorder, pipe and tabor

Marco Ferrari: recorder, dulcian, shawm, double flute

Francis Biggi: viola da mano, viola da penna, cetra, colascione

Massimiliano Dragoni: hammer dulcimer, percussion

PROGRAM

Prayer for the Removal of the Torah from the Ark (En Kamokha/Shema Israel)

Les Caterines / La Cara Cossa (La Folia)

Dos lid fun der sreyfe in Venedig

Anello

All Creatures in Heaven and on Earth (Kol Berue)

Bofo-Bukh

Buovo d’Antona

Moresca (sull’ Aria d’ottava)

Ishena at ani geor venodad

Tu dormi, io veglio e vo perdendo i passi

Tu dormi, io veglio a la tempesta e vento

Pass’e mezo a la bolognesa    

Saltarello a la bolognesa

                                                               

Songs for the Celebration of Purim

   La Cansonetta di Purim

   La Istoria de Purim io ve racconto Moresca (sull’ Aria d’ottava)

   Meghillat Esther                 

Songs for the Celebration of Passover

    Ma Nishtana/Avadim Hainu

               

    Fuggi, fuggi, fuggi (Il Ballo di Mantova)               

               

    Khad Gadya / Un Caprett

                                               

    Khad Gadya, Khad Gadya                           

Concert: Music and Poetry of the Jews in Renaissance Italy

LUCIDARIUM LA ISTORIA DE PURIM

Music and Poetry of the Jews in Renaissance Italy.”

4:00 pm, Sun., May 4, 2008
First Unitarian Universalist Church 5200 Fannin

In its first visit to Houston, this noted Italian ensemble presents a reconstruction of the soundscape that would have accompanied a typical Northern Jewish Italian family through the liturgical year and the life cycle. It combines sung poetry in Giudeo-Italian, Yiddish and Hebrew, traditional liturgical and paraliturgical music, and the lively songs and dances that would have been used to celebrate life’s transitions. www.lucidarium.com

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.

VIRTUOSI D’ITALIA

Monica Huggett, baroque violin
Richard Savino, theorbo, guitar
William Skeen, baroque cello

8:00 p.m., Friday
April 20, 2007

7:00 p.m. pre-concert lecture

Christ Church Cathedral
1117 Texas Avenue

VIRTUOSI D’ITALIA

Houston Early Music will present British baroque violin virtuoso Monica Huggett, theorbist/guitarist Richard Savino and baroque cellist William Skeen in Virtuosi d’ Italia on Friday, April 20, 8:00 pm at Christ Church Cathedral, 1117 Texas Avenue. The program of Italian solo violin music from seventeenth through the early nineteenth centuries includes the works of Arcangelo Corelli, Dario Castello and Niccolo Paganini.

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