(We will add program notes later as they become available)

On Christmas Night – Music for the Yuletide Season

The Baltimore Consort

Sunday, December 14, 2003, 4 p.m.
Christ Church Cathedral, 1117 Texas  (Map)

A return engagement by this Houston favorite! Baltimore Consort returns with a selection of old carols and dance tunes from the British Isles, France and Appalachia performed on lute, flute, voices and viols in a program sure to delight the entire family. You and yours are invited to join us after the concert in the Great Hall for wassail and holiday treats.

Founded in 1980 to perform the instrumental music of Shakespeare's time, the Baltimore Consort has explored early English, Scottish, and French popular music, focusing on the relationship between folk and art song and dance. Their interest in early music of English/Scottish heritage has also led them to delve into the rich trove of traditional music preserved in North America. Recordings on the Dorian label have earned them recognition as Top Classical-Crossover Artist of the Year (Billboard), as well as rave reviews elsewhere. Besides touring in the U.S. and abroad, they often perform on such syndicated radio broadcasts as St. Paul Sunday, Performance Today, Harmonia and the CBC's OnStage.

Tickets are $25 for general admission, $20 for seniors and students and may be purchased at the door or by calling 713-432-1744.

Children aged 12 or under are admitted free to all concerts. They are especially welcome at our Christmas concert.

Baltimore Consort References

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The Baltimore Consort

Mary Anne Ballard - viols, rebec
Mark Cudek - cittern, viol
José Lemos - counter-tenor
Larry Lipkis - viol, recorder, gemshorn, crumhorn
Ronn McFarlane - lutes, bandora
Mindy Rosenfeld - wooden flutes and fifes, crumhorn



The Lord Of The Dance Shaker melody, words Sydney Carter
On the Cold Ground John Playford, The Dancing Master, 1665
Now, Brothers (tune Fesans raijouissance) traditional Besançon noel 17th c.
On Christmas Night collected by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Sussex, 1904

Sweet Was The Song The Virgin Sung English, 16th c.
The Fairy Round (lute solo) Antony Holborne d.1602
Good King Wenceslas Piae Cantiones, 1582
(tune Tempus adest floridum)
Here We Come A-Wassailing English traditional
A Wassail, A Wassail Throughout All This Town! Gower, Wales, 1940's
Wondrous Love Southern Harmony, 1835

A Scots Tune Anon. Straloch lute book ca. 1627-29
Remember Me at Eveninge Anon. Skene MS ca. 1630-33
A Scot's Tune Anon. Skene MS


The Abbots Bromley Horn Dance very old-date unknown
Exultation Southern Harmony, 1835
Chrisimas Day Lancashire traditional
Masters in this Hall The Dancing Master, 1656
Riu, Riu Chiu Villancicos de diversos autores,
Venice, 1556
Quem Pastores Laudavere Michael Praetorius, Musae Sioniae
Ding Dong Merrily (tune Branle l'officiel) Thoinet Arbeau, Orchésographie 1589
Branles d'escosse Estienne du Tertre,
VIIme livre de danceries, 1557
Il est né, le divin Enfant! French traditional
Quelle est cette odeur agréable French traditional
Noël nouvelet! French traditional



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