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


Sun., Feb. 14, 2016, 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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Press Release: Houston Early Music Announces 2015-2016 Concert Season

Houston Early Music Announces 2015-2016 Concert Season

HOUSTON – June 26, 2015 – 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. 

“We are pleased to welcome The Rose Ensemble back to Houston, which this season will be joined by The Concert Chorale of Bellaire High School following a weekend residency working with the Ensemble,” said Nancy Ellis, artistic director of Houston Early Music. “We are excited to once again team up with Da Camera of Houston, this time for a return visit of The Orlando Consort, which will perform a silent film soundtrack of music from the early 15th century on April 1. Then later in the month, The Baltimore Consort returns to Houston with a program that commemorates the 400th anniversary of the death of Shakespeare.”  Continue reading

Celebrate an Early American Christmas with THE ROSE ENSEMBLE, Sunday December 15

Houston Early Music’s annual celebration of the season. 

THE ROSE ENSEMBLE
And Glory Shone Around: An Early American Christmas

Carols, Country Dances, Hymns and Spiritual Songs

SUNDAY, DEC. 15, 2013, 5:00 PM
Christ Church Cathedral
1117 Texas Avenue Houston, Texas 77002

Pre-concert talk by ensemble members at 4:15pm

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Press Release: The Rose Ensemble Bringing a Joyful Noise to Bayou City

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The Rose Ensemble Bringing a Joyful Noise to Bayou City

Houston Early Music series presents “An Early American Christmas”

 

HOUSTON, TX – November 12, 2013 — The Rose Ensemble returns to the Houston Early Music series on Sunday, December 15 with its “And Glory Shone Around: An Early American Christmas” program of carols, country dances, hymns and spiritual songs. The concert begins at 5 p.m. at Christ Church Cathedral, 1117 Texas Ave., with a pre-concert talk with ensemble members beginning at 4:15 p.m.

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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

Press Release: Houston Early Music Announces 2013-2014 Concert Season

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Houston Early Music Announces 2013-2014 Concert Season

HOUSTON, TX – June 5, 2013 – Houston Early Music, a leading presenter of the world’s finest period ensembles and soloists, announces its 2013-2014 Concert Season with five stellar ensembles.

Houston Early Music continues its commitment to its Emerging Artists Series and Hispanic Heritage Series this season. Each performance features a discussion program with ensemble members prior, as part of Houston Early Music’s educational outreach initiative.

Nancy Ellis, artistic director, said that the new season continues the group’s mission of bringing world-renowned early music performances to the Bayou City.

“By illuminating and showcasing the centuries of rarely heard music from the Middle Ages through the 18th century, we provide a unique musical perspective for modern Houston audiences,” Ellis said. “The sounds may be of ancient origins, but their ability to inspire and transport audiences remains powerful and timeless.”

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