Judith Linsenberg, recorder
Elizabeth Blumenstock, violin
David Morris, ‘cello
Charles Sherman, harpsichord and organ
with guest artist, Michael Collver, countertenor and cornetto
Houston Early Music is pleased to present Musica Pacifica in a concert of seventeenth-century Italian instrumental and solo vocal music. Led by artistic directors Judith Linsenberg and Elizabeth Blumenstock, Musica Pacifica has been performing, touring, and recording since 1990. Mining a rich vein of baroque literature for mixed wind/string ensemble, the group performs the spirited chamber concerti of Vivaldi and Telemann, colorful dance suites from the courts and opera houses of France, and the more intimate solo, duo, and trio sonatas from European countries as diverse as Scotland, Poland, Spain, and England. Musica Pacifica has been described by the press as "some of the finest baroque musicians in America" (American Record Guide) and "among the best in the world" (Alte Musik Aktuell). At home in the San Francisco Bay area, the artists are members of Philharmonia Baroque, and they appear with many other prominent early music ensembles nationally and abroad.
Guest artist, Michael Collver is a founding member of Project Ars Nova with whom he has concertized extensively. He has performed as soloist with Ensemble Sequentia, Empire Brass Quintet, Tafelmusik, Boston Baroque and the Boston Camerata. Among his performances as an oratorio soloist are appearances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Roger Wagner Choral. Mr. Collver is on the faculty at the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, MA and has taught cornetto and early vocal techniques at summer courses in Europe and the U.S.
Prior to the concert, at 7:00 p.m., Dr. Edgar Peters Bowron, The Audrey Jones Beck Curator of European Art, Museum of Fine Arts Houston will present a lecture entitled The Splendor of the Serenissima.
Tickets are $25 general admission, $20 for seniors and students, and may be purchased at the door or by calling 713.432.1744. There will be no charge for children 12 years and under.
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.
recorder, cornetto, violin, continuo)
"Et e pur dunque vero" Claudio Monteverdi (1585-1643)(voice, recorder continuo)
Sonata II from Sonata concertate in stile moderno Dario Castello (fl. early 17th c.)
Libro II - Venice, 1629 (recorder and continuo)
(voice and contnuo)
Sonata "La Sfondrata" from Il primo libro do conzone francese Niccoḷ Corradini (d. 1646)
Venice, 1624 (violin and continuo)
Canzona detta la Lanciona Girolamo Frescobaldi (1585-1643)
Sonata a 3 No.1 in D minor Antonio Bertali (1605-1669)
(recorder, violin, continuo)
Piangono al pianger mio(voice, continuo, violin, recorder) Sigismondo d'India (1582-1628)
O del cielo d’Amor (voice and continuo)
Su su destati (voice and continuo)
from Madrigali, & Arie….Libro Quinto - Venice, 1615
Venice, 1637 (recorder, violin, continuo)
(voice, violin, continuo) Paolo
O belleza gentile(voice, recorder, continuo)
from La Sfera Armoniosa,, Rome, 1623
(recorder, violin, continuo)
(recorder, cornetto, violin, continuo)
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