Houston Early Music Festival to Run 2/8-16

Ars Lyrica Houston, Bach Society Houston, Houston Early Music and Mercury - The Orchestra Redefined will host the second annual Houston Early Music Festival (HEMF) from February 8-16, 2014 at venues across the city. The festival will feature four main-stage performances, two ancillary performances and four lectures.

Seeking to capitalize on the local growth of early music programming and period-instrument expertise, HEMF is an international platform for showcasing Houston's growing talent pool and flourishing early music organizations. A longtime goal of Artistic Directors Matthew Dirst (ALH) and Antoine Plante (MO), the success of the initial HEMF in March 2013 encouraged partner organizations to expand into an entire week's worth of activities in February 2014.

Featured HEMF soloists include a number of local and international early-music experts and recording artists including Grammy-nominated conductor Matthew Dirst; Dresden music scholar and conductor, Peter Kopp; Texas-based vocalists Meredith Ruduski, Randall Umstead and Timothy Jones; Canadian soprano Meghan Lindsay; internationally renowned countertenors John Holiday, Jay Carter, and Ryland Angel; British harpsichordist Richard Egarr; and the UK-based ensemble Orlando Consort.

The Combined efforts of four distinctive and innovative early music organizations will provide an excellent educational platform and multiple opportunities to bring greater awareness to Houston's extraordinarily diverse and robust arts scene.

2014 HEMF MAIN-STAGE EVENTS

Saturday, February 8, 2014, 8 pm | Alessandro Scarlatti's La Sposa dei Cantici (Ars Lyrica Houston)
The modern world premiere of a 1703 oratorio. Zilkha Hall, Hobby Center. Tickets: www. arslyricahouston.org or 713-315-2525

Tuesday, February 11, 2014, 7:30 pm | The Orlando Consort (Houston Early Music)25th Anniversary Concert Tour | Medieval and Renaissance vocal works. Zilkha Hall, Hobby Center. Tickets and information: www.houstonearlymusic.org or 713-315-2525

Friday, February 14, 2014, 8 pm | Complete Brandenburg Concertos (Mercury Orchestra) Featuring world-renowned harpsichordist Richard Egarr. Wortham Center, Cullen Theater. Tickets and information: www.mercuryhouston.org or 713-533-0080

Sunday, February 16, 2014, 6 pm | J.S. Bach: Mass in B Minor (Bach Society Houston) Bach's monumental masterpiece directed by Dresden baroque specialist Peter Kopp, with Bach Choir Houston and Mercury. Zilkha Hall, Hobby Center. Tickets and information: www.bachsocietyhouston.org or 713-315-2525

2014 HEMF ANCILLARY EVENTS

Sunday, February 9, 2014, 6 pm | Bach's Eighteen "Leipzig" Chorales, an organ recital by Stefan Bleicher and Mario Hospach Martini, presented by the Bach Society Houston. Christ the King Lutheran Church. A FREE-WILL DONATION ACCEPTED.

Sat, Feb 15 at 7:30 pm | "Portraits of Love," a chamber program featuring tenor Daniel Mutlu, harpsichordist Matthew Dirst and others, presented by Ars Lyrica and Music at St. Philip. St. Philip Presbyterian Church. FREE WITH FESTIVAL PASS. Individual tickets available at the door: $10, Information: www.saintphilip.net/Music.html

Individual tickets to concerts available through respective organizations.

Discounted Festival Passes available via phone at 713-533-0080.
All five concerts: $120 - save up to $90 | Pick 3: $90 - save up to $75 | Best Available Seating.




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