Formerly Houston
Harpsichord Society

Early Conversations

Preconcert Talks

  • Gain new insights about music and its contexts by joing us for free talks one hour prior to our concerts.

Tuesday, November 4, 1997
St. Paul's United Methodist Church, Chapel, 7:00 p.m.

"The City of Ladies"

Christine de Pizan, the first women to earn her living by the pen, created a Utopian "City of Ladies" inhabited by women artists, inventors and Amazons, queens and Saints. Her influence was enormous Meet her in this slide/lecture and find out why she was so admired.

Dr. Jane Chance, Rice University

Monday, March 2, 1998
First Presbyterian Church, Chapel, 7:00 p.m.

"Italians in England"

The England of Handel's era was held in the grip of an "Italian mania" which was expressed through its music, literature, and architecture. Travel to great estates modelled after Palladian villas and explore Italy's contribution to the music and arts of Britain.

Dr. Honey Meconi, Rice University
The English Speaking Union Lecture

Friday, January 16, 1998
St. Paul's United Methodist Church, Chapel, 7:00 p.m.

"The First Instruments of the New World"

While the rest of the Americas were being settled, beautiful, sophisticated instruments were being produced in Peru and Mexico. Take a tour of the workshops and see the results of their craftsmen.

Dr. Jose Antonio Guzman-Bravo, Mexico City
A Mid-America Arts Alliance Lecture

Saturday, April 25, 1998
Moores Opera House, University of Houston, 7:00 p.m.

"The Light at the End of the Enlightenment"

Mozart and Haydn lived in a time of great artistic and cultural ferment. Discover how these new ideas influenced their work and find out how they made use of new musical inventions.

Dr. John Lienhard, The University of Houston

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