Season for 2015-2016

Houston Early Music Season for 2015-2016

Join Houston Early Music for its 2015-2016 Concert Season featuring five renowned early music ensembles. Dedicated to showcasing music from the Middle Ages through the 18th century, Houston Early Music presents concerts performed with historical instruments and styles true to the period. This season will encompass both masterworks and little-known gems with the goal of inspiring audiences to reimagine the past. Four of the five performances also feature a discussion program with ensemble members prior to the performances.

Sun., Oct. 18, 2015, 5:00 PM
THE ROSE ENSEMBLE with members of The Concert Chorale of Bellaire High School
Music from the Land of Three Faiths: Voices of Ancient Mediterranean Jews, Christians, and Muslims
(Venue TBA)


Minnesota-based Rose Ensemble returns to town embarking on a fascinating exploration of language, spirituality and cultural exchange in the Land of Three Faiths. Featuring instruments and musical ideas that blur the lines between Arabic and European, this entertaining and enlightening program is steeped in the rich history of the Abrahamic faiths, achieving a perfect balance of edgy improvisation, exotic vocal styles, and ancient traditions. Preconcert talk—4:15 PM

Sat., Dec. 5, 2015, 7:30 PM
Cantadas de Navidad
Christ Church Cathedral,
1117 Texas Ave.77002


Don’t miss this marvelous ensemble’s long-overdue return to the Houston Early Music stage with a program of Christmas music of Spain and the New World. Included on this joyous program are works by Juan Gutierrez de Padilla, Santiago de Murcia, Gaspar Sanz and Ignacio Jerusalem performed by vocalists, violins, plucked instruments and percussion. Preconcert talk—6:45 PM

Feb. 14, 2015, 4:00 PM
Ay me sospiri – Love Letters from the Italian Renaissance
First Evangelical Lutheran Church,
1311 Holman St. 77004


What a perfect way to celebrate Valentine’s Day! Lucidarium will sonically embrace you with a splendid musical concert of love in the Italian Renaissance tradition. The ensemble vocalists are joined by period winds, plucked instruments, percussion, hammer dulcimer and viola da gamba in the poetry and music of the late 15th to mid 16th centuries.. Preconcert talk—3:15pm


Fri., Apr. 1, 2016, 7:30 PM
Voices Appeared: Silent Cinema and Medieval Music
Cullen Theatre, The Wortham Center


The Orlando Consort returns to Houston, this time providing the soundtrack for Carl Dryer’s 1928 cinematic masterpiece, La Passion de Jeanne d’Arc. The acclaimed British vocal ensemble performs music drawn from the period depicted in the film, the early fifteenth century—plainchant, antiphons and motets, including works by Binchois and Dufay. Note: Presented in cooperation with Da Camera of Houston. Individual tickets are only available from Da Camera. Our subscribers receive a significant discount on preferred seating for this concert.

Sun., Apr. 24, 2016, 3:00 PM
The Food of Love—Songs, Dances and Fancies for Shakespeare
(Venue TBA)


Perennial Houston audience favorite, The Baltimore Consort offers a fascinating program of sixteenth century English music commemorating the 400th anniversary of the Bard’s death in 1616. Courtly and popular songs and dances of the day are interspersed with music referenced in Shakespeare’s plays, performed by vocalists, plucked strings, viola da gamba and Renaissance wind instruments. Preconcert talk—2:15 PM



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Please Note: For the November 13 Tafelmusik concert single tickets will only be available through Da Camera of Houston, 713-524-5050. Our standard single ticket prices and free admission for children do not apply.

Friday, Apr. 10: QUICKSILVER — Stile Moderno, New Music from the 17th Century

LIMITED TIME OFFER: Receive 15% off ADULT and SENIOR tickets to QUICKSILVER performance when purchased online. But hurry: online sales close 6 hours before the concert.

Stile Moderno, New Music from the 17th Century

Fri., Apr. 10, 2015, 7:30 pm
Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church,
4930 West Bellfort Ave. 77035


Numbered among the cultural revolutions of the 17th century was music. Composers consciously created a stile moderno of dramatic oppositions and vivid emotions. “Revered like rock stars within the early music scene” (The New York Times), Quicksilver vibrantly explores this virtuosic, experimental and deeply moving “new music” by Castello, Fontana, Merula and Marini, performed on baroque violins, cello and harpsichord. A preconcert talk by Robert Mealy, Quicksilver co-director, begins at 6:45 p.m.

Only two concerts remain in our 2014-2015 season

Join Houston Early Music at these exciting concerts remaining in our 2014-2015 season

Dedicated to showcasing music from the Middle Ages through the 18th century, Houston Early Music presents concerts performed with historical instruments and styles true to the period. This season encompasses both masterworks and little-known gems with the goal of inspiring audiences to reimagine the past.  Continue reading

Friday, Mar. 27: THE SEBASTIANS — Bach and Forth


Bach and Forth

Fri., Mar. 27, 2015, 7:30 pm
First Evangelical Lutheran Church,
1311 Holman St. 77004


Praised for their “well-thought-out articulation and phrasing” (Early Music Review) as well as being “everywhere sharp-edged and engaging” (The New York Times), The Sebastians took the Audience Prize at the 2012 Early Music America Baroque Performance Competition. Daniel S. Lee and Alexander Woods (violins),Ezra Seltzer (cello) andJeffrey Grossman (harpsichord) will present a concert of dynamic trio sonatas by J.S. Bach, Handel, Buxtehude, Rosenmuller, Erlebach and Telemann. The preconcert talk by The Sebastians at begins at 6:45 p.m.

Houston Early Music Festival, February 12-15

Houston Early Music is part of the third annual Houston Early Music Festival (HEMF), which runs from February 12-15, 2015, and is sponsored by partner organizations Ars Lyrica Houston, Bach Society Houston, Houston Early Music, Mercury – The Orchestra Redefined and Piping Rock Singers. HEMF will feature five main-stage performances and an inaugural Young Artist Showcase program, which highlights current student period-instrument ensembles from Texas university and college music programs. For a list of all performances, visit Individual tickets to concerts are available through respective organizations, and discounted festival passes are available via the HEMF website or phone at 713-533-0080

Sunday, Feb. 15: CIARAMELLA — Make a Joyful Noise

Make a Joyful Noise

Sun., Feb. 15, 2015, 3:00 pm
First Evangelical Lutheran Church
1311 Holman St., 77004

Hear the joyful noise of shawms, recorders, bagpipes and sackbuts improvising florid polyphony over songs, dances and sacred chant. Praised for performing intricate 15th-century counterpoint “with the ease of jazz musicians improvising on a theme” (The Cleveland Plain Dealer), Ciaramella brings to life the music of the Burgundian Alta Capella ensembles that piped across Renaissance Europe. This is a main stage concert for the 2015 Houston Early Music Festival. A preconcert talk by Ciaramella artists begins at 2:15 p.m.  

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Ciaramella performs on shawms, recorders, bagpipes, sackbuts, plucked-string instruments and percussion, improvising florid polyphony in the manner of the Burgundian alta capella ensembles that piped across Renaissance Europe. The Cleveland Plain Dealer praised the group for performing intricate 15th-century counterpoint “with the ease of jazz musicians improvising on a theme.”

“Even though we are playing music that is 500 years old, it is as fresh and new sounding today as when it was first played,” said Ciaramella co-director Rotem Gilbert. “The love songs are sultry, the dances are toe-tapping and the sounds of shawms, bagpipes, sackbuts and recorders are irresistible and rousing.”

Gilbert and her husband, Adam are the Ciaramella directorial team, and both play recorder, bagpipe and an early form of the oboe, the shawm. They will be joined by Doug Milliken on similar instruments, while Greg Ingles and Erik Schmaltz play recorder, slide trumpet and sackbut, an early trombone. Jason Yoshida will add lute, guitar and percussion.   Continue reading

Press Release: Ciaramella Adds Joyful Noise to Houston Early Music Series

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Ciaramella Adds Joyful Noise to Houston Early Music Series

California-based ensemble brings fresh new sound to genre with skillful improvisations 

HOUSTON – January 6, 2015 – Los Angeles-based Ciaramella will perform songs, dances and sacred chants from medieval and Renaissance times as a part of Houston Early Music’s 2014-2015 season series. Presented as a main-stage concert for the Houston Early Music Festival, the ensemble’s performance, titled “Make a Joyful Noise” will take place at Houston’s First Evangelical Lutheran Church on Sunday, Feb. 15, at 3 p.m.  Continue reading