Houston Early Music Who: LUCIDARIUM
When: 4:00 p.m. Sunday, May 4, 2008
Where: First Unitarian Universalist Church 5200 Fannin
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.
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
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
All Creatures in Heaven and on Earth (Kol Berue)
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)
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
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 FanninIn 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.
….Brazilian-Uruguayan countertenor José Lemos sang with appealing simplicity and directness. With a smooth sound that served the music, he could twist listeners around a vocal finger with sensuous melodies or, aided by the instrumentalists, make them fidget with energy. Playing a wide variety of flutes, recorders, strummed and bowed string instruments (the crumhorn was ailing and couldn’t be used), the Consort had great fun producing spirited, polished music for the large audience in Midtown’s First Evangelical Lutheran Church, which is slowly becoming a location for performances of liturgical and early music as part of its overall rejuvenation. Consort members noted that the ensemble is now in its 28th year of touring, but one took a moment to congratulate Houston Early Music on its 40th anniversary (it previously was known as the Houston Harpsichord Society). Because of the group, Houston has become a key stop for touring early-music performers, he said.More at The dark side of ¡Cancionero! | Chron.com – Houston Chronicle
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TAPESTRY with Medieval Strings
Three Weddings and a Funeral
Celebratory Music of Guillaume Du Fay (1397-1474)
and his Contemporaries
Sunday, February 11, 2007 at 4pm Trinity Episcopal Church, 1015 Holman (at Main)
- Directions and Map
NOTE *** NOTE *** NOTEThe original site for this concert has changed. The new site is Trinity Episcopal Church, 1015 Holman (at Main). The time and date (Sunday, February 11 at 4:00 pm) remain the same. See letter to subscribers
Houston Early Music will present the vocal ensemble Tapestry in Three Weddings and a Funeral, a program featuring secular and sacred music of Guillaume Du Fay, the most famous composer of late-Middle Age/early Renaissance. The Boston-based trio (Laurie Monahan, mezzo-soprano, Cristi Catt, soprano and Daniela Tosic, alto) will be joined by Medieval Strings (Shira Kammen and Dana Maiben, medieval fiddles and Grant Herreid, tenor and lute). The performance will be at