Concert Reminder: THE ROSE ENSEMBLE Celebremos el Niño – A Mexican Baroque Christmas

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Coming up on Sunday, Dec. 13

Houston Early Music and The Religion and the Arts Council, Christ Church Cathedral, present:

THE ROSE ENSEMBLE

Celebremos el NiñoA Mexican Baroque Christmas

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Program & Notes: THE ROSE ENSEMBLE Celebremos el Niño

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Houston Early Music 

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The Religion and the Arts Council,

Christ Church Cathedral 
 

Present 
 

THE ROSE ENSEMBLE 
 
 

Celebremos el Niño:

Delights of the Mexican Baroque 

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Newsletter 6 November 2009

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  • Next concert: Rose Ensemble, Sunday, Dec. 13, 2009, 5:00 p.m.
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  • Purchase tickets for remainder of season online

Next Concert:

Sun., Dec. 13, 2009, 5:00PM

THE ROSE ENSEMBLE

Celebremos el NiñoA Mexican Baroque Christmas

Christ Church Cathedral
1117 Texas Ave.

Pre-concert talk at 4:15PM

Ample free parking is available in the Cathedral Parking Garage across San Jacinto Street (northbound) opposite the Cathedral.

Houston Early Music presents The Rose Ensemble in Celebremos el Niño – A Mexican Baroque Christmas on Sunday, December 13 at 5:00 p.m., at Christ Church Cathedral as part an annual tradition, the Hispanic Heritage Series. The internationally known group brings a rare collection of early Mexican music, featuring over two centuries of festive Christmas dances, ballads and villancicos from the great cathedrals of Puebla and Mexico City. “This is remarkable music that is not heard that often,” says Nancy Ellis, artistic director of Houston Early Music. “We are delighted to bring The Rose Ensemble to Houston for the very first time.”

Founded in 1996 by artistic director Jordan Sramek, The Rose Ensemble is a recipient of the 2005 Chorus America Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence and a first-place winner in the sacred music category at the 2007 Tolosa International Choral Competition. The group specializes in bringing to audiences a repertoire that spans over 1,000 years in more than 25 languages. In addition, they are well-known for their research in Hawaiian, Swedish, Middle Eastern and American vocal traditions. “Why do what everyone else is doing?” asks Sramek. “We aim to explore the lesser-known areas of early music.” In addition to being known for their rich research, the Minneapolis-based group is also famous for its energetic performances. “We can be simultaneously scholarly and entertaining,” quips Sramek. “And we have had the good fortune to work with some of the best musicologists of our time who have created wonderful transcriptions for us.”

Celebremos el Niño – A Mexican Baroque Christmas provides a perfect example of the kind of far reaching programming that characterizes the Ensemble’s approach. “On a historical level, things can get really exciting. These composers saw Mexico as an open playing field. With fewer restrictions from the Catholic church, we see more compositional experimentation. We see the use of native dance rhythms in the liturgy to entice people to come to church. Seventeenth-century street and dance music became fashionable, even in high mass, during the Mexican Baroque era. Spanish composers used the vivid rhythms and energy of the xácara to drive forward the plots of operas and to introduce theatrical excitement into church music,” says Sramek. “Villancicos even depict the song and dance of African slaves in the Spanish colonies.”

The group of ten singers and three instrumentalists tour nationally and internationally. “We are excited to bring this joyous program to Texas,” says Sramek. “We are always delighted to perform in a city such as Houston that has such a substantial early music scene.”

Artistic director Jordan Sramek will present a pre-concert talk at 4:15 p.m.

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Prices at the door are $35 for general admission, $30 for seniors, and $10 for students (with student ID.) Free admission for children under 15.

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    Press Release: Celebrate the Holidays in Mexican Baroque style with The Rose Ensemble

    HOUSTON EARLY MUSIC
    P. O. Box 271193
    Houston, TX 77277-1193

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    Susan Love Fitts, 936-597-8825

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    Celebrate the Holidays in Mexican Baroque style with The Rose Ensemble

    Houston Early Music’s Hispanic Heritage Series spotlights early music of the Americas

    HOUSTON, TX— November 5, 2009 – Houston Early Music presents The Rose Ensemble in Celebremos el Niño – A Mexican Baroque Christmas on Sunday, December 13 at 5:00 p.m., at Christ Church Cathedral as part an annual tradition, the Hispanic Heritage Series. The internationally known group brings a rare collection of early Mexican music, featuring over two centuries of festive Christmas dances, ballads and villancicos from the great cathedrals of Puebla and Mexico City. “This is remarkable music that is not heard that often,” says Nancy Ellis, artistic director of Houston Early Music. “We are delighted to bring The Rose Ensemble to Houston for the very first time.”

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    Press release for 2009-2010 Season

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    Houston Early Music announces 2009-2010 Season

    HOUSTON, TX— June 27, 2009 – Houston Early Music announces its 2009-2010 season featuring four internationally known groups – Red Priest, The Rose Ensemble, Ensemble Caprice and Tapestry. Each will delight audiences with inventive programs, outstanding virtuosity and their expertise in early music performance.

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    Houston Early Music—2009-2010 Season

    Houston Early Music is excited to announce the concerts in its 2009/2010 season. We hope you will join us for the outstanding performances by some of the leading artists in early music today. Please see our Subscription Page

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    RED PRIEST

    A Nightmare in Venice

    Trinity Episcopal Church
    1015 Holman (at Main)

     

     

    Just when you thought it was safe to go to a Baroque concert – UK’s Red Priest comes to town with a Halloween fest of some of the most extraordinary chamber music of the Baroque era, featuring Vivaldi’s Nightmare Concerto, Tartini’s Devil’s Trill sonata, Masque music by Robert Johnson, Gluck’s Dance of the Blessed Spirits, Leclair’s Demon Airs and Red Priest’s own Fantasia on Corelli’s La Follia. www.piersadams.com

    “If the Rolling Stones played recorder, violin, cello and harpsichord and their genre was 17th-century music, they would be the band called Red Priest” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

     


     

     

     

    HISPANIC HERITAGE SERIES 

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    Sun., Dec. 13, 2009, 5:00PM

    THE ROSE ENSEMBLE

    Celebremos el NiñoA Mexican Baroque Christmas

    Christ Church Cathedral
    1117 Texas Ave.

     

    Early Mexican music resounds in this joyful holiday program featuring over two centuries of festive Christmas dances, ballads and villancicos from the great cathedrals of Puebla and Mexico City. Accompanied by viola da gamba, vihuela da mano and percussion, solos and choruses burst forth in this program that’s anything but predictable. www.roseensemble.com

    “a scholarly, period-conscious group, they sing and play with a lusty ease that blows the dust off old music.” Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

     


     

     

     

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    ENSEMBLE CAPRICE

    Music of Paradise and Hell

    Christ the King Lutheran Church
    2353 Rice Blvd

     

     

     

    Montreal-based Ensemble Caprice, under the artistic direction of recorder virtuosi Matthias Maute and Sophie Larivière, returns to perform a dazzling selection of 17th century works on recorders, viola da gamba, baroque guitar and percussion. The performance in conjunction with Society of Seventeenth-Century Music annual conference. www.ensemblecaprice.com

    “Such dazzling virtuosity on the recorder leaves you in staggering daze!  We wonder by which diabolical trick the flautists manage to articulate at such speed, with so much breath and energy.” Le Devoir – Canada

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    Fri., Apr. 16, 2010,  8:00PM

    TAPESTRY

    Faces of a Woman

    Trinity Episcopal Church
    1015 Holman (at Main)

     

    The three women of Tapestry, joined by Shira Kammen, vielle and harp return to Houston with a program crisscrossing borders and centuries to tell tales of remarkable women who inspired nations and generations. These women captured the imaginations of artists, composers, and writers throughout the ages. www.tapestryboston05.com

    “An ensemble that plants haunting vibrations, old and new, in our ears.”
    Cleveland Plain Dealer

     


     

     

     

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