Season for 2015-2016

Houston Early Music Season for 2015-2016

Join Houston Early Music for its 2015-2016 Concert Season featuring five renowned early music ensembles. Dedicated to showcasing music from the Middle Ages through the 18th century, Houston Early Music presents concerts performed with historical instruments and styles true to the period. This season will encompass both masterworks and little-known gems with the goal of inspiring audiences to reimagine the past. Four of the five performances also feature a discussion program with ensemble members prior to the performances.


EMERGING ARTISTS SERIES
Sun., Oct. 18, 2015, 5:00 PM
THE ROSE ENSEMBLE with members of The Concert Chorale of Bellaire High School
Music from the Land of Three Faiths: Voices of Ancient Mediterranean Jews, Christians, and Muslims
(Venue TBA)

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Minnesota-based Rose Ensemble returns to town embarking on a fascinating exploration of language, spirituality and cultural exchange in the Land of Three Faiths. Featuring instruments and musical ideas that blur the lines between Arabic and European, this entertaining and enlightening program is steeped in the rich history of the Abrahamic faiths, achieving a perfect balance of edgy improvisation, exotic vocal styles, and ancient traditions. Preconcert talk—4:15 PM


HISPANIC HERITAGE SERIES
Sat., Dec. 5, 2015, 7:30 PM
CHATHAM BAROQUE
Cantadas de Navidad
Christ Church Cathedral,
1117 Texas Ave.77002

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Don’t miss this marvelous ensemble’s long-overdue return to the Houston Early Music stage with a program of Christmas music of Spain and the New World. Included on this joyous program are works by Juan Gutierrez de Padilla, Santiago de Murcia, Gaspar Sanz and Ignacio Jerusalem performed by vocalists, violins, plucked instruments and percussion. Preconcert talk—6:45 PM


Feb. 14, 2015, 4:00 PM
LUCIDARIUM
Ay me sospiri – Love Letters from the Italian Renaissance
First Evangelical Lutheran Church,
1311 Holman St. 77004

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What a perfect way to celebrate Valentine’s Day! Lucidarium will sonically embrace you with a splendid musical concert of love in the Italian Renaissance tradition. The ensemble vocalists are joined by period winds, plucked instruments, percussion, hammer dulcimer and viola da gamba in the poetry and music of the late 15th to mid 16th centuries.. Preconcert talk—3:15pm

A MAIN-STAGE CONCERT OF THE 2016 HOUSTON EARLY MUSIC FESTIVAL


Fri., Apr. 1, 2016, 7:30 PM
THE ORLANDO CONSORT
Voices Appeared: Silent Cinema and Medieval Music
Cullen Theatre, The Wortham Center

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The Orlando Consort returns to Houston, this time providing the soundtrack for Carl Dryer’s 1928 cinematic masterpiece, La Passion de Jeanne d’Arc. The acclaimed British vocal ensemble performs music drawn from the period depicted in the film, the early fifteenth century—plainchant, antiphons and motets, including works by Binchois and Dufay. Note: Presented in cooperation with Da Camera of Houston. Individual tickets are only available from Da Camera. Our subscribers receive a significant discount on preferred seating for this concert.


Sun., Apr. 24, 2016, 3:00 PM
THE BALTIMORE CONSORT
The Food of Love—Songs, Dances and Fancies for Shakespeare
(Venue TBA)

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Perennial Houston audience favorite, The Baltimore Consort offers a fascinating program of sixteenth century English music commemorating the 400th anniversary of the Bard’s death in 1616. Courtly and popular songs and dances of the day are interspersed with music referenced in Shakespeare’s plays, performed by vocalists, plucked strings, viola da gamba and Renaissance wind instruments. Preconcert talk—2:15 PM


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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.