Houston Early Music Season for 2011-2012

 

2011-2012
… reimagining the past …

Music from the Middle Ages through the 18th Century
World-class concerts performed with historical instruments and with styles true to the period.


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Sunday, October 2, 2011
LA DONNA MUSICALE
Passionate Enemies

Christ the King Evangelical Lutheran Church, 5:00 p.m.

2353 Rice Boulevard, Houston, TX 77005

Pre-concert talk at 4:15 p.m.
Laury Gutiérrez, La Donna Musicale Director

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The Boston ensemble is back with music by women composers at the rival German courts of Frederic the Great and the House of Hapsburg. Foes on the battlefield, the zeal for victory extended to the salon, where passions ran high and nothing was spared in their lavish quest of the arts. Music by Frederic’s sister, Wilhelmine, and Anna Bon goes up against Hapsburg-sponsored Camilla de Rossi and Maria Teresa Agnesi. Soprano Shari Alise Wilson and countertenor Gerrod Pagenkopf. Violins, viola, violone, harpsichord and viola da gamba.


Sunday, December 11, 2011
DUFAY COLLECTIVE
To Drive the Cold Winter Away – Christmas Revelry in Renaissance England

Christ Church Cathedral, 5:00 p.m.
1117 Texas Avenue, Houston, TX 77002

Pre-concert talk at 4:15 p.m.
Dufay Collective members

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Celebrate the season as this acclaimed British ensemble makes their Houston debut with their own brand of entertaining Christmas treats. Included are carols and a pretty number written by Henry VIII, after which things move to the streets with tavern music, ecstatic dances and foot-tapping ballads. This holiday delight includes voice and a feast of instruments including fiddle, harp, guitar, vielle, flute, recorder, percussion, hurdy-gurdy and bagpipes.


Friday, February 3, 2012
RICHARD EGARR, Harpsichord
The Harpsichord’s Golden Century

First Unitarian Universalist Church, 7:30 p.m.
5200 Fannin, Houston, TX 77004

Pre-concert talk at 6:45 p.m.
Richard Egarr

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Harpsichord superstar Richard Egarr returns to Houston with his trademark sense of discovery and a fresh, compelling look at the virtuosic works of 17th century composers Couperin, Purcell, Froberger and Blow. With his inquiring mind and adventurous spirit, Egarr engages the audience with a gripping performance of works from a time when there were no restrictions and eccentricity was the standard.


HISPANIC HERITAGE SERIES
Friday, March 2, 2012
LA MORRA

Tears Of A Lion: A Secret Concert For Pope Leo X

Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church, 7:30 p.m.
6221 Main Street, Houston, TX 77030

Pre-concert talk at 6:45 p.m.
La Morra ensemble members

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Individual tickets are $35 for general admission, $30 for seniors, and $10 for students with ID. Free admission is available for children under 15.

 

Houston Early Music is pleased to introduce this exciting young Swiss ensemble. While remembered for his extravagant lifestyle, Pope Leo X (1513-1521) was a noteworthy patron of arts and a man of great sensitivity for music. Himself a competent composer, Leo X clearly had a weakness for good musicians and his rise to the peak of ecclesiastical power brought about a true (albeit short) Golden Age for many of them. Follow LA MORRA to Pope’s private chamber for an intimate concert performed by the best of the pontiff’s “secret musicians.” Music by Pope Leo, Tromboncine, Encina, Francisco de la Torre, …  Madly beautiful music, performed on harp, fiddle, flutes, lute and vihuela de manna.

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Friday, May 4, 2012
TRIO SETTECENTO
The Scottish Play

Christ the King Lutheran Church, 7:30 p.m.
2353 Rice Boulevard, Houston, TX 77005 see map

PLEASE NOTE: THE LOCATION FOR THIS CONCERT HAS CHANGED

Due to circumstances beyond our control the new location is Christ the King Lutheran Church, 2353 Rice Boulevard, Houston, 77005 see map. Parking is available in the Rice University visitor lot on Greenbriar immediately south of Rice Boulevard, entrance 13A. Parking costs $1, payable only by major credit card. Swipe your card entering the lot, and use the same card to swipe again as you exit. (You will be charged only one time.)

Pre-concert talk at 6:45 p.m.
John Mark Rozendaal

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Individual tickets are $35 for general admission, $30 for seniors, and $10 for students with ID. Free admission is available for children under 15.

Rising star violinist Rachel Barton Pine is joined by acclaimed cellist John Mark Rozendaal and harpsichordist David Schrader in a spirited program of Scottish baroque music including earthy, infectious Hebridean fiddling and the renewed pleasures of poetic works of Scotland’s classical composers. Even the Italian virtuosi Geminiani and Veracini get in on the action with Scottish-themed compositions.

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Our new Season Brochure for 2011-2012

We are pleased to introduce our new Season Brochure for 2011-2012. It will be hitting the postal mails shortly. But you can download it now or view our brochure online at issuu.com

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Houston Early Music 2010-2011 SEASON

2010-2011 SEASON

Houston Early Music – Music from the Middle Ages through the 18th Century

World-class concerts performed with historical instruments and with styles true to the period.

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Sat., Oct. 2, 2010 DA CAMERA OF HOUSTON and HOUSTON EARLY MUSIC present The Route of the New World, Jordi Savall, Dir. 7:30PM, Cullen Theater of the Wortham Center The renowned Catalan ensembles Hespèrion XXI and La Capella Reial de Catalunya and Ensemble Tembembe of Mexico under the direction of the incomparable Jordi Savall, perform a musical dialogue from the Old Spain, the Mexican baroque and the living “Husteca” and “Jarocho” traditions. www.aaronconcert.com/savall.html Mon. Dec.13, 2010 CIARAMELA A Piper’s Noel 7:30PM, Christ Church Cathedral For our Christmas offering, we present the exciting young American ensemble in a concert of carols, hymns, lullabies and instrumental pieces from Renaissance England, France, Spain, Italy and Germany. Featuring the talents some of the foremost early musicians performing works from humble pipers’ tunes to grand Renaissance polyphony with voices, shawms, sackbut, recorders, and bagpipes. www.ciaramella.org Mon., Mar. 28, 2011 TRIO SONNERIE, Monica Huggett, Dir. The Harmony of Nations 7:30PM, Venue – TBA Trio Sonnerie, Monica Huggett’s longest running and smallest group, comes from the UK to present the choicest pick of Europe’s chamber music from the Baroque period. Biber’s astonishing “Mystery Sonatas” for virtuoso violin contrast with exquisitely refined French music for viola da gamba and sprightly tunes from Jacobean England. Of course, the Harmony of Nations wouldn’t be complete without JS Bach, here represented by a magnificent sonata for violin and harpsichord.  www.sonnerie.org.uk Mon., May 2, 2011 FLANDERS RECORDER QUARTET, with SOPRANO CECILE KEMPENAERS The Six Wives of Henry VIII 7:30PM, Venue – TBA In a return trip to town, the dazzling ensemble presents a fascinating entertainment for recorder quartet, singer and narrator.  The story of the king and his six wives is told with music and words joined artfully together – Music from the 16th and 17th centuries, contemporary pieces, a scene from Shakespeare, letters from King Henry and Anne Boleyn, and original verse.  www.flanders-recorder-quartet.be Subscriptions and Tickets to our season

Press release for 2009-2010 Season

Download this Press Release in MS Word file HOUSTON EARLY MUSIC P. O. Box 271193 Houston, TX 77277-1193 HoustonEarlyMusic.org Media contact: Susan Love Fitts, 936-597-8825 susanlovefitts@consolidated.net 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. Continue reading

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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This season we will send our concert reminders via email. Please be sure to give us your contact information by emailing us at info@HoustonEarlyMusic.org or calling us at 713-432-1744. If you don’t use email, please let us know that by phone or mail at Houston Early Music, P.O. Box 271193, Houston, TX 77277-1193
 
     
clip_image001 Tue., Oct. 27, 2009, 7:30PM      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 
clip_image001[5]         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  
     
clip_image001[7] Fri., Mar. 5, 2010, 8:00PM      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 Check out Matthias Maute at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gzp_fD6JlAQ –  
     
clip_image002       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  
      SUBSCRIPTION RATES Subscribe to our season and receive a discount on ticket price. As a season subscribers you will be given priority seating. 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. Please see our Subscription Page

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If you have subscribed to Houston Early Music but not yet received your tickets in the mail, they will be waiting for you at the box office Will Call Desk at the concert Friday night.

We remind you of the change of venue for our first concert. Since some patrons still lack power or email service, please let your friends know that the concert will be held at Christ Church Cathedral.

 

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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2008, 8:00PM
LA DONNA MUSICALE
The Pleasures Of Love And Libation:
Aires by Julie Pinel and other Parisian women
Christ Church Cathedral
1117 Texas Avenue

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Boston-based La Donna Musicale is joined by tenor Aaron
Sheehan, an audience favorite, as they explore the contribution
of Parisian women composers to the French Baroque and
Rococo genres. Recreating the sounds of the Parisian salon,
this delightful group features works by Julie Pinel and other
Parisian women, including Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre.
A sacred work by Antonia Bembo is also included.

The voices, with flute accompaniment, are supported by the
captivating tones of the harpsichord and viola de gamba.

“Kudos to La Donna Musicale as they champion the
unheard music of women composers.”
— Early Music America

Preconcert talk at 7:00pm
Laury Gutiérrez, Founding Director of La Donna Musicale
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             Houston Early Music is funded in part by
             grants from the City of Houston through
             the Houston Arts Alliance.

Houston Early Music 2008/9 Season

Houston Early Music 2008 -2009 SEASON

Music from the Middle Ages through the 18th Century
World-class concerts performed with historical instruments and with styles true to the period.


Fri., Sept. 26, 2008, 8:00PM
LA DONNA MUSICALE
THE PLEASURES OF LOVE AND LIBATION: Airs by Julie Pinel and other Parisian women.
First Evangelical Lutheran Church
1311 Holman (at Caroline)

Boston-based La Donna Musicale is dedicated to the research and the historical performance of music by women composers. Their concert recreates the luxuriant environment of an intimate Parisian salon, replete with the sounds of voices in solo, duo, and trio settings, with flute accompaniment and supported by the captivating tones of the harpsichord, and viola da gamba.

www.ladm.org

Tue., Nov. 11, 2008, 7:30PM
RICHARD EGARR, Harpsichord
J.S. BACH’S WELL-TEMPERED KLAVIER, BOOK 1
First Unitarian Universalist Church
5200 Fannin

Dubbed “The Bernstein of early music” (NPR) for his extraordinary charisma and outstanding ability to communicate with his audience, Egarr will perform from J.S. Bach’s monumental collection of preludes and fugues.

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Mon., Dec. 8, 7:30 PM
NOWELL
LIBER unUSUALIS
Trinity Episcopal Church
1117 Holman (at Main)

Since its founding in 1996, Liber unUsualis has soared to prominence for its warm, compelling and assured performances of Medieval and early-Renaissance music. The American vocal quartet will set the tone for the season with a program of European Christmas music.

www.liberunusualis.com

Sat., Jan. 17, 2009, 8:00PM
FRETWORK with CLARE WILKINSON, Mezzo-soprano
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, HENRY! - Celebrating Purcell’s 350th Birthday
Christ Church Cathedral
1117 Texas Avenue

A fitting birthday tribute for England’s greatest baroque composer – England’s finest performing his songs and instrumental works. Fretwork, the viol consort, is joined by the radiant voice of mezzo-soprano Clare Wilkinson.

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monica huggettFri., April 3, 2009
ENSEMBLE GALATEA
Monica Huggett, violin, Richard Savino, theorbo
Bruce Dickey, cornetto.
CURIOSE INVENZIONI: 17th Century Italian Musical Fireworks
Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church
6221 Main St.

Huggett and Savino return to Houston, this time with Bruce Dickey and musicians of Ensemble Galatea, performing a stunning program of seventeenth-century virtuoso Italian masterworks. Works by Marini, Castello, Buonamente, Rognoni and more!

Our 2006-2007 Season

Houston Early Music’s 2006-2007 Season

Music for the present… from the past.

World-class concerts of music from the Middle Ages through the eighteenth century performed on historical instruments and using appropriate performance styles.

[Download the Season Brochure in .PDF format]
29 September
ARTEK
 6 November
FLANDERS RECORDER QUARTET with SUSAN HAMILTON
11 February
Tapestry
16 March
ENSEMBLE CAPRICE
20 April
MONICA HUGGET RICHARD SAVINO WILLIAM SKEEN
12 May
EX UMBRIS
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