Houston Early Music Season for 2013-2014
Houston Early Music is pleased to offer this preview of our new 2013-2014 season. Venues of the concerts are not yet available, but here is the line up of artists and programs. You may now pre-order your season tickets.
Announcing our 2013-2014 season
Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013. 7:30 p.m.
FRETWORK, with LUTENIST ELIZABETH KENNY
Lacrimae: Music of John Dowland in observance of the 450th anniversary of his birth.
Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013. 7:30 p.m.
THE ROSE ENSEMBLE
And Glory Shown Around: An Early American Christmas
Emerging Artists Series
Friday, Jan. 17, 2014. 7:30 p.m.
THE BROKEN CONSORT
Muse, Modes, and Magic: Music from the 13th – 17th centuries
Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014. 7:30 p.m.
THE ORLANDO CONSORT
25th Anniversary Tour Concert: Vocal works from the 13th – 15th centuries
Hispanic Heritage Series
Fri., April, 11, 2014. 7:30 p.m.
Salsa Baroque: Baroque music from Latin America
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Friday, April 26, 2013
The Black Dragon: Music from the time of Vlad Dracula
7:30PM, Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church
6221 Main Street
A pre-concert talk with ensemble members will begin at 6:45 p.m.
PROGRAM NOTES | PRESS RELEASE
The San Francisco-based ensemble’s program features 15th-century music from the time of the infamous Vlad the Impaler, whose tyrannical rule shocked Europe. Ensemble member Shira Kammen is known by many in the area from her early-music performances in Houston. The program features the Lamentation for the Fall of Constantinople by Dufay, French and Italian dance music, German songs, Balkan folk songs, and more.
Program Notes and Artist Biographies for Cançonièr “The Black Dragon – Music from the Time of Vlad Dracula”
The fifteenth century was a time of remarkable change in music, as musical conventions and practices evolved from medieval to early Renaissance styles. It also was a time of major transitions in art, religion, politics, and technology. During this century, Constantinople fell to the Ottoman Turks, the printing press was invented, the Tudors took the crown of England, the Moors were expelled from southern Spain, Christopher Columbus sailed, Leonardo da Vinci was born and began to work, the Renaissance in Italy bloomed in full, and for a few years, a man who would become infamous ruled a small country called Wallachia in what is now southern Romania.
He was called Vlad Dracula (c.1431 – 1476). His father, Vlad II, adopted the name Dracul (“Dragon”) when he joined the Order of the Dragon, a chivalric order dedicated to crusading against the Turks in the Balkans. His son took the name Dracula, or “Son of the Dragon.” Dracula was, of course, partially the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s iconic anti-hero, though he was no vampire.
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Press Release: Cançonièr closes Houston Early Music season with Dracula program
IN COLLABORATION WITH DA CAMERA OF HOUSTON
Saturday, March 9, 2013
Venezia dalle Calli ai Palazzi
8:00PM, Cullen Theater, Wortham Center
501 Texas Avenue
The ensemble’s Houston debut is presented in collaboration with Da Camera of Houston. Semi- staged in candlelight, the program of works by Claudio Monteverdi, Biagio Marini, Francesco Manelli and Benedetto Ferrari is a celebration of Venice in the Golden Age, when art music and popular forms came together and mingled, before emotion and language were restrained by rules and codes.
Tickets available through our partner Da Camera of Houston