La Donna Musicale gives women their due

An article by Colin Eatock in Houston Chronicle about the upcoming concert

,,,, But for La Donna Musicale’s music director, gambistLaury Gutiérrez, the music of female composers active in the baroque era has been a passion for 20 years. Her ensemble – which varies in size from about six to eight musicians, depending on the repertoire – has played more than 100 concerts in the U.S., Europe and South America. (Sunday’s concert will mark the group’s second appearance in Houston.) Continue reading

Houston Early Music 2011-12 Season Opens with Passionate Enemies

Houston Early Music will launch its 2011-12 season with a performance by La Donna Musicale on Sunday, October 2. The concert, which showcases the music of rival German courts of the 18th century, begins at 5 p.m. at Christ the King Evangelical Lutheran Church, located at 2353 Rice Boulevard, Houston, TX 77005.

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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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NOTE: Change of Venue for Friday’s Concert!!!

Due to circumstances relating to Hurricane Ike, the La Donna Musicale concert will be held at Christ Church Cathedral.

Fri., Sept. 26, 2008, 8:00PM
LA DONNA MUSICALE
THE PLEASURES OF LOVE AND LIBATION: Airs by Julie Pinel and other Parisian women.
Christ Church Cathedral
1117 Texas Avenue

 

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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2008, 8:00PM
LA DONNA MUSICALE
The Pleasures Of Love And Libation:
Aires by Julie Pinel and other Parisian women

NEW LOCATION
Christ Church Cathedral
1117 Texas Avenue

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Boston-based La Donna Musicale is joined by tenor Aaron
Sheehan, an audience favorite, as they explore the contribution
of Parisian women composers to the French Baroque and
Rococo genres. Recreating the sounds of the Parisian salon,
this delightful group features works by Julie Pinel and other
Parisian women, including Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre.
A sacred work by Antonia Bembo is also included.

The voices, with flute accompaniment, are supported by the
captivating tones of the harpsichord and viola de gamba.

“Kudos to La Donna Musicale as they champion the
unheard music of women composers.”
— Early Music America

Preconcert talk at 7:00pm
Laury Gutiérrez, Founding Director of La Donna Musicale
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             Houston Early Music is funded in part by
             grants from the City of Houston through
             the Houston Arts Alliance.

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La Donna Musicale — artist biographies

La Donna Musicale Aaron Sheehan

 

La Donna Musicale is a unique ensemble dedicated to the historically-informed performance of music by women composers from the Renaissance, Baroque, and Classical periods and to the performance of contemporary music by women. Praised by Early Music America for its “excellent performers” and “outstanding music stylishly performed,” the Boston-based ensemble has given the modern world premieres of works by Antonia Bembo, Chiara Margarita Cozzolani, Maria Xaviera Peruchona and Julie Pinel, among others. La Donna Musicale’s performers are trained in the study of historical performance practice and the group frequently collaborates with noted musicologists Claire Fontijn, Robert Kendrick, David Lasocki, Thierry Favier, and Catherine Gordon-Seifert. In addition to concerts in the U.S. and in Europe, La Donna Musicale has been featured in educational programs such as Meet the Performer at Harvard University and Learning to Listen at Bryn Mawr College.

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LA DONNA MUSICALE: THE PLEASURES OF LOVE AND LIBATION: Airs by Julie Pinel and other Parisian women

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Fri., Sept. 26, 2008, 8:00PM
LA DONNA MUSICALE
THE PLEASURES OF LOVE AND LIBATION: Airs by Julie Pinel and other Parisian women.
NEW LOCATION
Christ Church Cathedral
1117 Texas Avenue

7:00 p.m.
Preconcert talk, Laury Gutiérrez Director

Houston Early Music will open its new season on Friday, September 26, 2008 with a program of Baroque music by Parisian women composers. Boston-based La Donna Musicale (www.ladm.org) will be joined by tenor Aaron Sheehan in ensemble’s first Houston performance. The Pleasures of Love and Libation: Airs by Julie Pinel and other Parisian Women recreates the luxuriant environment of an intimate Parisian salon replete with the sounds of voices in solo and duo settings with flute, violin, harpsichord, and viola da gamba. The seventeenth-century salons served as unique gathering places where women artists and intellectuals met to perform and discuss sacred and secular music, as well as literature and fine arts.

In addition to works by Julie Pinel (fl. 1737), the program includes works by Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre and Antonia Bembo. The performance will be at 8:00 p.m. at First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1311 Holman (at Caroline). There will be a preconcert talk at 7:00 p.m. by Laury Gutiérrez, Founding Director of La Donna Musicale.

Praised by Early Music America for its “excellent performers…outstanding music stylishly performed,” La Donna Musicale is dedicated to historically-based performance of music by women composers of the Renaissance through contemporary periods. The ensemble has given the modern premieres of works by Chiara Cozzolani, Antonia Bembo, Julie Pinel, and Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre, among others, and these concerts have been chosen as Boston Globe “Classical Picks.”

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.

LA DONNA MUSICALE — Program

PROGRAM
Rossignols vous chantez                                             Julie Pinel
Air sérieux avec accompagnement de flûtes                   (fl. 1710–1737)
from Nouveau recueil d’airs sérieux et à boire, 1737
Porquoy le berger qui m’engage                                Pinel    
Brunette à deux dessus
Boccages frais                                                               Pinel    
Brunette à deux dessus
Violin Sonata II in D major                                         Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre
Sonates pour le viollon, 1707                                          (1665-1729)
Presto-Adagio-Presto-Presto
Echos indiscrets, taisez vous                                       Pinel   
Air sérieux
Bergères, voulez vous m’en croire,                              Mlle. Herault     
Chansonnette from Recueil d’airs sérieux et à boire   
C. Ballard, printer, 1702
INTERMISSION
Scène Pastorale                                                             Pinel
Trio Sonata in D major                                                 Jacquet de la Guerre
from ms., c.1695
Grave-Vivace e Presto-adagio-Allegro-Adagio-Allegro-Aria Afectuoso
Psalm VI: Domine in furore tuo arguas me               Antonia Bembo
                                                                                        (1665-1729)
Aux plus heureux Amants                                           Mlle. ***           
Air à boire from Recueil d’airs sérieux et à boire        
C. Ballard, printer, 1696

 

LA DONNA MUSICALE
Lydia Knutson, soprano
Aaron Sheehan, tenor
Na’ama Lion, baroque flute
Laura Gulley, violin
Ruth McKay, harpsichord
Laury Gutierrez, viola da gamba, director