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
Sunday, October 18th, 2015, 5:00 PM
THE ROSE ENSEMBLE
with The Concert Chorale of Bellaire High School
Music from the Land of Three Faiths: Voices of Ancient Mediterranean Jews, Christians, and Muslims
Pre-concert talk at 4:15 PM
St. Philip Presbyterian Church,
4807 San Felipe St., 77056
Minnesota-based Rose Ensemble returns to Houston, bringing a fascinating exploration of language, spirituality and cultural exchange in the Land of Three Faiths. This entertaining and enlightening program is steeped in the rich history of the Abrahamic faiths. A perfect balance of edgy improvisation, exotic vocal styles, and ancient traditions is achieved via instruments and melded musical ideas of both the Middle East and Europe. The ensemble will be joined by The Concert Chorale of Bellaire High School.
Hispanic Heritage Series
Saturday, December 5, 2015, 7:30 PM
Cantadas de Navidad
Pre-concert talk at 6:45 PM
Christ Church Cathedral,
1117 Texas Ave., 77002
Don’t miss this marvelous ensemble’s anticipated return to the Houston Early Music stage with a joyous Christmas program featuring the music of Spain and the New World.Works by Juan Gutierrez de Padilla, Santiago de Murcia, Gaspar Sanz and Ignacio Jerusalem are highlighted by vocals, violins, plucked instruments and percussion.The trio will be joined by soprano Nell Snaidas, countertenor Jose Lemos and percussionist Danny Mallon.
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A main-stage concert of the 2016 Houston Early Music Festival
Sunday, February 14th, 2016, 4:00 PM
Ay me sospiri – Love Letters from the Italian Renaissance
Pre-concert talk at 3:15 PM
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.
In collaboration with Da Camera of Houston
Friday, April 1st, 2016, 8:00 PM
THE ORLANDO CONSORT
Voices Appeared: Silent Cinema and Medieval Music
Pre-concert lecture with Donald Grieg of Orlando Consort and Da Camera Artistic Director Sarah Rothenberg at 7:15 PM
Cullen Theatre,The Wortham Center,
500 Texas Ave., 77002
The Orlando Consort returns to Houston with 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. Our subscribers receive a significant discount on preferred seating for this concert. Single tickets will only be available from Da Camera of Houston, 713-524-5050 or dacamera.com.
Sunday, April 24th, 2016, 4:00 PM
THE BALTIMORE CONSORT
The Food of Love—Songs, Dances and Fancies for Shakespeare
Pre-concert talk at 3:15 PM
First Christian Church,
1601 Sunset Blvd., 77005
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 the music referenced in Shakespeare’s plays, performed by vocalists, plucked strings, viola da gamba and Renaissance wind instruments.
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