THE ROSE ENSEMBLE – Sun., Oct. 18

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

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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.  

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Concert Chorale of Bellaire High School Joins Rose Ensemble to Open Houston Early Music Season

Concert Chorale of Bellaire High School Joins Rose Ensemble to Open Houston Early Music Season

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HOUSTON – Aug. 25, 2015 – Minnesota-based Rose Ensemble returns to Houston on Sunday, Oct. 18, to open the Houston Early Music season with “Music from the Land of Three Faiths: Voices of Ancient Mediterranean Jews, Christians, and Muslims” at St. Philip Presbyterian Church, 4807 San Felipe St. 77056. Exploring language, spirituality and cultural exchange, this Emerging Artists Series program will also feature the Concert Chorale of Bellaire High School.

“Our program highlights the Hispano-Arabic Middle Ages as both an important and devastating chapter of Judaic, Christian and Islamic history,” said Jordan Sramek, founder and artistic director of the Rose Ensemble. The 13th and early-14th centuries witnessed fertile cultural exchanges between Jews, Muslims and Christians, particularly in Spain, but the country had expelled all non-Christians by 1492.

The program includes several songs from the Cantigas de Santa Maria (Songs of the Virgin Mary), a culturally diverse collection of poetry, music and art from the court of Spain’s King Alfonso X (1252-1284). There also will be traditional Sephardic songs that the Jews took with them to North Africa and Eastern Europe when they were expelled from Spain. Other offerings range from 12th-century Italian plainchant to Bedouin folk music, with many stops in between.

Celebrating its 20th anniversary this season, the Rose Ensemble features nine vocalists, although Sramek also plays psaltery and hurdy-gurdy in addition to singing tenor. Instrumentalists include oud player David Burk, percussionist Tim O’Keefe and vielle, rebec and harp player Ginna Watson.

Before the concert, the ensemble will spend the weekend in residency at Bellaire High School, working with students in its Concert Chorale. A similar, although smaller, outreach event there during the Rose Ensemble’s last visit to the Houston Early Music series in 2013 led to the current concert collaboration with the Chorale.

“We were particularly struck by [the students’] engagement throughout the activities,” said Sramek about the 2013 Bellaire High School outreach, a lecture/demonstration. “We left wondering whether more intensive activities – such as a residency – couldn’t produce something truly magical.”

Recognized internationally as a leader and innovator in vocal music, the Rose Ensemble won the 2005 Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence and took first place in both the secular and sacred categories at the 2012 Tolosa International Choral Competition in Spain.

The Rose Ensemble, with the Concert Chorale of Bellaire High School, will present “Music from the Land of Three Faiths: Voices of Ancient Mediterranean Jews, Christians, and Muslims” on Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015, at 5 p.m. at St. Philip Presbyterian Church, 4807 San Felipe St., Houston, Texas 77056. A preconcert talk will begin at 4:15 p.m.

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
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

rose

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.

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Hispanic Heritage Series
Saturday, December 5, 2015, 7:30 PM
CHATHAM BAROQUE

Cantadas de Navidad
Pre-concert talk at 6:45 PM
Christ Church Cathedral,
1117 Texas Ave., 77002

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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
LUCIDARIUM

Ay me sospiri – Love Letters from the Italian Renaissance
Pre-concert talk at 3:15 PM
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.


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

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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

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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 the music referenced in Shakespeare’s plays, performed by vocalists, plucked strings, viola da gamba and Renaissance wind instruments.


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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