8:00 p.m., Friday
April 15, 2005
Christ Church Cathedral 
1117 Texas Avenue

Freaks, Macaronis and Vermin

Houston Early Music will present three of Europe’s most respected period instrumentalists – baroque violinist John Holloway, baroque cellist Jaap ter Linden and harpsichordist Lars Ulrik Mortensen – in a concert of 18th-century Italian works at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, April 15 at Christ Church Cathedral, 1117 Texas Avenue. The program features music by Corelli, Geminiani, D. Scarlatti and Veracini.

The somewhat unusual title of this program comes from 18th-century English sources. "Freaks" was the term used to describe the extraordinary works that shocked an English public accustomed to more conventional music. "Macaronis" referred to the Italian musicians who flooded into London and "vermin" was the epithet for the florid ornaments of Corelli’s sonatas.

Prior to the concert, at 7:00 PM, Dr. Edgar Peters Bowron of the Museum of Fine Arts Houston will give a pre-concert talk entitled "The Lure of Italy – The Grand Tour in the 18th Century."

Ticket 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.


Recordings by artists featured by Houston Early Music are available at

Joel's Classical Shop  
4010 Bissonnet St, Houston, TX 77005
Phone: (713) 665-0954

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