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Save on the remaining concerts in our season with a mini-pass. Benefits of subscribing include a discount over single ticket prices, priority seating, and a discount on the purchase of extra tickets.

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Celebrate an Early American Christmas with THE ROSE ENSEMBLE, Sunday December 15

Houston Early Music’s annual celebration of the season. 

And Glory Shone Around: An Early American Christmas

Carols, Country Dances, Hymns and Spiritual Songs

SUNDAY, DEC. 15, 2013, 5:00 PM
Christ Church Cathedral
1117 Texas Avenue Houston, Texas 77002

Pre-concert talk by ensemble members at 4:15pm

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Press Release: The Rose Ensemble Bringing a Joyful Noise to Bayou City

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The Rose Ensemble Bringing a Joyful Noise to Bayou City

Houston Early Music series presents “An Early American Christmas”


HOUSTON, TX – November 12, 2013 — The Rose Ensemble returns to the Houston Early Music series on Sunday, December 15 with its “And Glory Shone Around: An Early American Christmas” program of carols, country dances, hymns and spiritual songs. The concert begins at 5 p.m. at Christ Church Cathedral, 1117 Texas Ave., with a pre-concert talk with ensemble members beginning at 4:15 p.m.

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FRETWORK, with LUTENIST ELIZABETH KENNY perform Music of John Dowland


Lacrimae:  Music of John Dowland in observance of the 450th anniversary of his birth.

SATURDAY, NOV. 2, 2013, 7:30 PM
First Christian Church 1601 Sunset Blvd. Houston, Texas 77005

Pre-concert talk by ensemble members at 6:45pm

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One of the world’s leading viola da gamba consorts, Fretwork, brings their contemporary sensibility to John Dowland’s famous collection, Lachrimae. To honor the 450th anniversary of Dowland’s birth, we embark on a transcendental voyage from despair to hope through an extraordinary collection of music for viols and lute based on his most famous song, Flow my tearesContinue reading

Original manuscript for “Flow My Tears”

The featured work on this Saturday’s Houston Early Music concert will be Dowland’s Lachrimae, or Seven Teares, which includes 7 pavans for viol consort and lute written on the same theme, Dowland’s famous song “Flow My Teares.” The performing group, Fretwork, has provided program notes about the music. If you want to read about it in advance, you can find the notes on the Houston Early Music website. In addition, you can take a look at the original manuscript on IMSLP. Scroll down to the “Sheet Music” section to see the complete score. You can see how the music is arranged to be played by the musicians sitting around table.