8:00 p.m., Friday
Houston Early Music will present Chatham Baroque in a program of dances from seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Spain and Latin America performed on baroque violin, viola da gamba, baroque guitar, theorbo, harp and percussion. Guest artists will be Houston historic harpist Becky Baxter and percussionist Danny Mallon. The concert will be at 8:00 p.m., Friday, March 11, 2005 at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 5501 Main Street.
Chatham Baroque has been hailed throughout the United States and beyond for its "untamable virtuosity" (Washington Post) and "high energy performances" (Charleston Post & Courier). The Pittsburgh-based ensemble was named as Best New Classical Artist of 1999 by National Public Radio and in 1999 received the Early Music Brings History Alive Award from Early Music America and the Logan Award from Penn State Erie, both in recognition of its innovative educational programming. Chatham Baroque has released six critically acclaimed CDs for Dorian Recordings.
Guest artist Becky Baxter’s resume as a professional in the field of early harp includes performances at events such as the National Harp Society Convention, Houston Grand Opera's productions of Monteverdi's L'Orfeo and L’Incoronazione di Poppea, Boston Early Music Festival, Roundtop Early Music Festival and Amherst Early Music Festival. Ms. Baxter currently serves on the faculty of Amherst Early Music Festival, Texas Early Music Festival as well as serving as Artistic Director and Vice-President of The Historical Harp Society. Her solo recording O Lux Beata, Renaissance Harp Music was released in January 2000. She also appears as a guest artist with Chatham Baroque on the Dorian CD Españoleta.
Prior to the concert, at 7:00 PM, members of Chatham Baroque will give a pre-concert talk entitled "From Folk Tradition to the Concert Hall."
Tickets prices are $30 for general admission, $25 for seniors and $10 for students (under age 25 with student ID). Free admission for children under 12. Tickets may be purchased at the door or by calling 713-432-1744.
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.
Julie Andrijeski, baroque violin
Patricia Halverson, viola da gamba
Scott Pauley, theorbo and baroque guitar
with guest artists
Daniel Mallon, percussion
Becky Baxter, harp
Canarios Gaspar Sanz (c. 1679-1704)
Canzon 11 Bartolomé Selma y Salaverde (fl.1638)
Zarambeque criollo Diego Fernández de Huete (fl. 1699-1704)
Jota Santiago de Murcia (1682 – c1740)
Recordings by artists featured by Houston Early Music are available at
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