Friday, October 11, 2002, 8:00 p.m.
THE ACADEMY OF ANCIENT MUSIC
Houston Early Music will open its 2002-2003 season with a performance by the Academy of Ancient Music under the direction of violin soloist, Andrew Manze in his final North American appearances with The AAM.
The original Academy of Ancient Music was established in 1726 for the purpose of studying and performing ‘old’ music — defined initially as music composed at least a century earlier, but soon to include more contemporary composers, most notably Handel. The modern revival of The Academy, founded by Christopher Hogwood in 1973, created one of the first ‘period-instrument’ orchestras and is now renowned worldwide for its concerts and recordings of music from the Baroque, Classical and early Romantic eras. In addition, the group has commissioned work and recorded works by the contemporary British composer, John Tavener and performed works by David Bedford and John Woolrich.
Among the numerous recordings The Academy has to its credit are the complete symphonies of Mozart on period instruments, and the complete piano concertos and symphonies of Beethoven and is in the process of recording the complete Haydn symphonies and the piano concertos of Mozart.
Andrew Manze, trained as a Cambridge classicist, studied violin with Simon Standage and Maria Leonhardt. He was named Associate Director of The AAM in 1996. He is also ‘Artist in residence’ at the Swedish Chamber Orchestra
Manze is also active as a conductor in large scale oratorio and symphonic repertoire, with the Deutsche Sinfonie Orchester as well as the symphony orchestras of Stavanger, Tampere Norrköping. He guest directs the chamber orchestras of Zurich, Basel, Västerås and Norway, and period instrument ensembles such as The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the Akademie für Alte Musik, Berlin, Philharmonia Baroque (USA), Tafelmusik and the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra.
The 2002-03 tours mark Andrew Manze’s final North American appearances with The AAM in his role as Associate Director. He has been named Music Director of the English Concert, taking over from Trevor Pinnock in summer, 2003
Tickets are $25 for general admission, $20 for seniors and students, and may be purchased at the door or by calling the Hobby Center box office 713.315-2525. There will be no charge for children 12 years and under.
Handel Concerto grosso in D major, Op.6 no.5 Georg Frederic Handel (1685-1759)
Violin Concerto in E major, RV271, 'L'amoroso', (‘the amorous’) Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
Völker-Ouverture (Folk Suite) Georg Philip Telemann (1681 - 1767)
Concerto grosso, Il Pianto d’Arianna ('Ariadne's lament'), Op.7 no.6 Pietro Locatelli (1695 - 1764)
Battalia Heinrich I. F. Biber (1644 - 1704)
Follia (orchestration of Archangelo Corelli’s Op.5 no.12) Francesco Geminiani (1687 - 1762)
This concert is made possible in part by a grant from the City of Houston and Harris County through the Cultural Arts Council of Houston and Harris County