APOLLO'S FIRE with Cleveland Baroque Orchestra, The Sebastians and More Set for Houston Early Music's 2014-15 Season
Join Houston Early Music for its expanded 2014-2015 Concert Season featuring six 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.
"Our artists breathe new life into the music from an earlier era, giving the audience an aural glimpse of how the music would have sounded in an earlier time," said Nancy Ellis, artistic director of Houston Early Music. "The emotions that the musical works evoke resonate with modern audiences just as they must have with listeners for hundreds of years."
Houston Early Music continues its commitment to its Emerging Artists Series and Hispanic Heritage Series this season. Five of the six performances also feature a discussion program with ensemble members prior to the performances, as part of Houston Early Music's educational outreach initiative.
APOLLO'S FIRE, The Cleveland Baroque Orchestra - Claudio Monteverdi's Vespers of 1610
Monteverdi forged a vivid, new musical style with this choral masterpiece by evoking the struggle between the archaic and the revolutionary. Led by Jeannette Sorrell, award-winning harpsichordist, the Apollo's Fire period orchestra, chamber choir and seven solo vocalists bring this rich, magnificent work to one of Houston's most dramatic concert settings.
The concert is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 10, 2014, at Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart. A pre-concert talk with Jeannette Sorrell starts at 6:45 p.m.
TAFELMUSIK - The Galileo Project
Explore a fusion of arts and science! Tafelmusik performs the music of Monteverdi, Vivaldi, Bach and Handel, enhanced by poetic narration and choreography, with a backdrop of high-definition images captured by the Hubble Telescope. This concert is offered in collaboration with Da Camera of Houston.
The program begins at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014, at Cullen Theater at Wortham Center. Houston Early Music subscribers receive a discount on preferred seating for this concert. Single tickets will be available from Da Camera of Houston, 713-524-5050 or dacamera.com. Free admission for children does not apply to this performance.
Hispanic Heritage Series: EL MUNDO - Villancicos y Cantadas de Navidad
Houston audience favorite El Mundo returns with a celebration of holiday music from Italy, Spain and her colonies in the New World. Join director, Baroque guitarist and lutenist Richard Savino and the ensemble for a festive multicultural extravaganza that includes newly discovered vocal and instrumental works from the archives of the Los Angeles Archdiocese.
The event is scheduled for 8 p.m., Friday, Dec. 12, 2014, at Christ Church Cathedral. A preconcert talk with Richard Savino begins at 7:15 p.m.
CIARAMELLA - Make a Joyful Noise
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.
The performance begins at 3 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015, at First Evangelical Lutheran Church. A preconcert talk by Ciaramella artists begins at 2:15 p.m.
Emerging Artists Series: THE SEBASTIANS - Bach and Forth
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) and Jeffrey Grossman (harpsichord) will present a concert of dynamic trio sonatas by J.S. Bach, Handel, Buxtehude, Rosenmuller, Erlebach and Telemann.
The event is set for 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 27, 2015, at Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church. The preconcert talk by The Sebastians at begins at 6:45 p.m.