RED PRIEST: A Nightmare in Venice, 27 Oct 2009

Known as The Rolling Stones of early music!

 

The season launches with the notorious renegade of the recorder, Piers Adams, and his famed UK-based group, Red Priest, presenting Nightmare in Venice, just in time for Halloween, on Tuesday, October 27, 7:30 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church, 1015 Holman at Main.

Adams, a rock star of the early music genre, is known for bending the rules and for high theatrics. “We don’t set out to cause trouble, honestly,” quips Adams, Red Priest’s artistic director. “But we do like to shake off all of those early music straitjackets and preconceptions, so that we’re no longer bound by a fear of what the composer—long dead as he is—might think.”

According to Houston Early Music artistic director Nancy Ellis, Red Priest is a bit like early music gone wild. “They are known for being way out there,” says Ellis. “They will most definitely add some spice to our programming.” The program includes 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. “Expect some Halloween flavor,” says Adams. “Taking Vivaldi’s spooky and dramatic concerto La Notte as a place to begin, we will explore the myriad themes of fantasy, myth and horror in the Baroque, not forgetting that the word ‘baroque’ itself means strange, bizarre and irregular.” Red Priest really lets it go in Corelli’s La Follia. “Using this famous ground as a starting point, and Corelli’s variations as a loose structure, we pass through many musical styles from gypsy to Indian to modern jazz,” adds Adams.

Some of the fun ingredients in the Red Priest mix include creating their own original arrangements, incorporating stylistic elements from the world and folk music realms, bringing out stories and drama in the music, and wildly colorful costumes. Adams has been referred to as early music’s version of The Rolling Stones, and he doesn’t mind the comparison in the least. “We definitely want to shake things up,” says Adams. “We want to find the most eye- and ear-catching ways to present what we consider to be some of the most fantastic music ever written to the widest possible audience, even if that does mean stretching the boundaries a little.”

Adams will give a pre-concert talk at 6:45 p.m.

View a short video of Red Priest

Venue

Trinity Episcopal Church
1015 Holman (at Main)
Houston, TX 77004

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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.

RED PRIEST: program notes and biographies

Houston Early Music Presents RED PRIEST NIGHTMARE IN VENICE: a Baroque Fantasy Piers Adams – recorders David Greenberg – violin Angela East – cello Howard Beach – harpsichord 7:30PM Tuesday, October 27, 2009, Trinity Episcopal Church 1015 Holman 6:45PM Preconcert talk Piers Adams Continue reading

Houston Early Music launches season with UK-based group Red Priest

Download Press Release 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 launches season with UK-based group Red Priest Known as The Rolling Stones of early music! HOUSTON, TX— July 27, 2009 – The season launches with the notorious renegade of the recorder, Piers Adams, and his famed UK-based group, Red Priest, presenting Nightmare in Venice, just in time for Halloween, on Tuesday, October 27, 7:30 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church, 1015 Holman at Main. Continue reading

Concert: MADCAP, RED PRIEST AND ANGEL

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presenting the world’s finest period ensembles and soloists … bringing to life music from the Middle Ages through the Renaissance to the Baroque and Classical periods. Experience with us early music played on original instruments, by musicians reviving performances of the past.

JOHN HOLLOWAY, VIOLIN JAAP TER LINDEN, CELLO LARS ULRIK MORTENSEN, HARPSICHORD

MADCAP, RED PRIEST AND ANGEL

8:00 pm, Fri., Apr. 11, 2008 St. Philip Presbyterian Church 4807 San Felipe
Pre-concert Lecture at 7:00 pm
Program Notes and other information Baroque violinist John Holloway, cellist Jaap ter Linden and harpsichordist Lars Ulrik Mortensen, three of the greatest names on the international early music scene, will return to Houston for a performance sponsored by Houston Early Music on April 11. The trio will perform a French/Italian-themed program titled Madcap, Red Priest and Angel which features violin sonatas by Corelli, Veracini (Madcap) and Leclair (said to have played like an angel), a Vivaldi (Red Priest) cello sonata and a Couperin harpsichord sonata. The performance will be at St. Philip Presbyterian Church, 4807 San Filipe. John Holloway is one of the pioneers of the early music movement. His extensive work as leader of the London Classical Players and his years with noted early music ensembles (including the Academy of Ancient Music, Les Arts Florissants, and the Freiburger Barockorchester) established him as a major voice in authentic performance. Holloway is currently Professor of Violin (modern and baroque) and Chamber Music at the Hochschule für Musik in Dresden. As one of the first early music specialists, Jaap ter Linden witnessed the beginnings of many of the oldest and finest baroque ensembles; he co-founded of Musica da Camera and served as principal cellist of Musica Antiqua Köln, The English Concert and the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra. He is highly sought as a soloist and conductor for both modern and period-instrument ensembles around the world. Noted Danish harpsichordist Lars Ulrik Mortensen has a career as a soloist and chamber musician in Europe, North and South America and Japan. He appears regularly with soprano Emma Kirkby. His recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations won him a Diapason d’Or. He is the artistic director of Concerto Copenhagen, and appears regularly directing opera at the Royal Theatre in Copenhagen. At 7:00PM, Dr. Gregory Barnett, assistant professor of musicology at Shepherd School of Music, Rice University will give a lecture on the evening’s program. 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.

Notes: Madcap, Redpriest and Angel

Tonight’s concert is dominated by four violinist-composers who between them provide the title of the program. “Madcap” was Veracini, as described by Charles Burney; the “Red Priest” was of course, Vivaldi; and Corelli and Leclair share the role of “Angel”, Corelli because of his name, and his famously amiable disposition, Leclair because he was said to have played like an angel. Continue reading

Concert: MADCAP, RED PRIEST AND ANGEL

JOHN HOLLOWAY, VIOLIN JAAP TER LINDEN, CELLO LARS ULRIK MORTENSEN, HARPSICHORD

MADCAP, RED PRIEST AND ANGEL

8:00 pm, Fri., Apr. 11, 2008 St. Philip Presbyterian Church 4807 San Felipe
Pre-concert Lecture at 7:00 pm
Baroque violinist John Holloway, cellist Jaap ter Linden and harpsichordist Lars Ulrik Mortensen, three of the greatest names on the international early music scene, will return to Houston for a performance sponsored by Houston Early Music on April 11.  The trio will perform a French/Italian-themed program titled Madcap, Red Priest and Angel which features violin sonatas by Corelli, Veracini (Madcap) and Leclair (said to have played like an angel), a Vivaldi (Red Priest) cello sonata and a Couperin harpsichord sonata.  The performance will be at St. Philip Presbyterian Church, 4807 San Filipe. John Holloway is one of the pioneers of the early music movement. His extensive work as leader of the London Classical Players and his years with noted early music ensembles (including the Academy of Ancient Music, Les Arts Florissants, and the Freiburger Barockorchester) established him as a major voice in authentic performance.  Holloway is currently Professor of Violin (modern and baroque) and Chamber Music at the Hochschule für Musik in Dresden. As one of the first early music specialists, Jaap ter Linden witnessed the beginnings of many of the oldest and finest baroque ensembles; he co-founded of Musica da Camera and served as principal cellist of Musica Antiqua Köln, The English Concert and the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra.  He is highly sought as a soloist and conductor for both modern and period-instrument ensembles around the world. Noted Danish harpsichordist Lars Ulrik Mortensen has a career as a soloist and chamber musician in Europe, North and South America and Japan. He appears regularly with soprano Emma Kirkby.  His recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations won him a Diapason d’Or. He is the artistic director of Concerto Copenhagen, and appears regularly directing opera at the Royal Theatre in Copenhagen. At 7:00PM, Dr. Gregory Barnett, assistant professor of musicology at Shepherd School of Music, Rice University will give a lecture on the evening’s program. 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.

Program Notes for In Dulci Jubilo

Of all the holidays in our western culture, Christmas, more than any other, transcends its religious origins and implications.  It has become for almost all of us a time to celebrate; an opportunity to rejoice.  Thus it is not surprising that Christmas is the inspiration for an unequalled wealth of musical composition, both vocal and instrumental, secular and non-secular. This body of literature spans all periods of musical history, from the Middle Ages to the present.  The “spirit” of Christmas has become such a part of our lives, that the month of December sees easily twice as many concerts as any other month of the year, for the inherent festive quality of music-making has become synonymous with celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ.  It is in this “spirit” that we offer “IN DULCI JUBILO”, a concert of vocal and instrumental works from the 16th to 18th-centuries, some with obvious references to the Holiday, others with less direct connections, and one work (Concerto in D major) by Vivaldi , that has nothing at all to do with Christmas and with which we open our program. Continue reading

Program Selections for In Dulci Jubilo

AULOS ENSEMBLE, with JULIANE BAIRD, SOPRANO

7:30 pm, Tues., Dec.. 11, 2007 Christ Church Cathedral 1117 Texas Avenue

In Dulci Jubilo

Concerto in D major, RV 94                                Antonio Vivaldi 
  Allegro-Largo-Allegro 
     
Traditional Carols 
  "In Dulci Jubilo" 
  "Coventry Carol" 
  "Shepherds Shake off your drousy Sleep" 
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Christmas Concert: IN DULCI JUBILO

AULOS ENSEMBLE with JULIANNE BAIRD, soprano

NOTE EARLY START TIME!  

7:30 p.m., Tue., Dec. 11, 2007 Christ Church Cathedral   1117 Texas Avenue

Join us for a special holiday reception in the Great Hall following the concert!

Tickets:  713-432-1744


    Aulos Ensemble Julianne Baird

Christopher Krueger, flauto traverso Marc Schachman, baroque oboe Linda Quan, baroque violin Myron Lutzke, baroque cello Arthur Haas, harpsichord with Julianne Baird, soprano

 

Houston Early Music’s holiday offering, In Dulci Jubilo, features a return visit by New York’s Aulos Ensemble with soprano Julianne Baird at 7:30 pm, Tuesday, December 11, 2007 at Christ Church Cathedral, 1117 Texas Avenue.  Ms. Baird and the ensemble (baroque violin, cello, harpsichord, baroque flute and oboe) will perform vocal and instrumental works from the 16th to 18th centuries. In addition to traditional carols, the program includes arias by J.S. Bach, French noëls and a concerto by Vivaldi.

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