Newsletter 29 November 2008

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Liber unUsualis


Nowell: Christmas Songs Old & New

7:30PM, Monday, December 8, 2008
Trinity Episcopal Church
1015 Holman (at Main)

Houston Early Music will present the Boston-based vocal ensemble Liber unUsualis in a program of holiday music for four voices: a unique and broad-ranging collection of pieces from the Middle Ages and Renaissance combined with modern choral works based on ancient texts. The program, entitled Nowell: Christmas Songs Old & New, intertwines carols, villancicos, motets, and lullabies from across Europe with modern works such as Hugo Distler’s “Es ist ein Ros entsprungen,” John Joubert’s “There is no rose” and John Harbison’s “O magnum misterium.” The performance will be 7:30PM, Monday, Dec. 8, 2008 at Trinity Episcopal Church, 1015 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 ensemble’s mastery of medieval vocal technique and its inventive programming have drawn enthusiastic audiences throughout the United States and Europe, where it regularly performs. The Boston Globe has praised Liber unUsualis for its “deeply moving” performances and its “hair-trigger sensitivity to what the words had to say.” These are the very qualities that have won for the group a grant from The Fund for U.S. Artists at International Festivals and Exhibitions (2004), First Prize at the International Young Artist’s Presentation – Early Music (Belgium, 2002), the Professional Development Award from Early Music America (2002) and semifinalist status at New York’s prestigious Concert Artists Guild Competition in 1999.

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.

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