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.

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)


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

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


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
Ay me sospiri – Love Letters from the Italian Renaissance
First Evangelical Lutheran Church,
1311 Holman St. 77004


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


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


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 Food of Love—Songs, Dances and Fancies for Shakespeare
(Venue TBA)


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


The ORLANDO CONSORT 25th Anniversary Tour Concert, Feb. 11

Enjoy an evening of captivating entertainment and fresh scholarly insight. The unique imagination and originality of their programming combined with their superb vocal skills has marked The Orlando Consort one of Britain’s most important chamber music ensembles.

Forward to the Past:
25 years with the Orlando Consort.

TUESDAY, FEB. 11, 2014, 7:30 PM
Zilkha Hall, The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts 800 Bagby Houston, Texas 77002
Pre-concert talk by ensemble members at 6:45pm



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houston early music FESTIVAL! — a week of early music and more

Second Annual Houston Early Music Festival

Houston Early Music Festival

  • Visit the HEMF Web Site (videos featuring local artists publicising the festival will be featured on the website)

Ars Lyrica Houston, Bach Society Houston, Houston Early Music and Mercury – The Orchestra Redefined will host the second annual Houston Early Music Festival (HEMF) from February 8-16, 2014 at venues across the city. The festival will feature four main-stage performances, two ancillary performances and four lectures.   Continue reading

Houston Early Music Season for 2013-2014

Houston Early Music Season for 2013-2014

Join Houston Early Music for our 2013-2014 Concert Season with five stellar ensembles. Sounds of ancient origins, powerful and timeless, inspire and transport audiences.  Continue reading