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Houston Early Music Newsletter

1 December 2003

Houston Early Music presents the world's finest period ensembles and soloists ... bringing to life music from the Middle Ages through the Renaissance to the Baroque and Classical periods. Experience with us early music played on original instruments, by musicians reviving performances of the past.

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Our Next Concert

On Christmas Night – Music for the Yuletide Season

Old Carols and Dance Tunes from the British Isles, France, Spain and Appalachia

The Baltimore Consort

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

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.

For program information, please see our website at http://www.houstonearlymusic.org/2003/Baltimore.htm 

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.

Upcoming Events

For information or Tickets, call 713-432-1744 
Single tickets: $25 standard, $20 seniors/students
Children aged 12 or under are admitted free.


Affetti Musicali

Amsterdam Loeki Stardust Quartet

Friday, February 27, 2004, 8:00 p.m.
St. Paul's Methodist Church

"…a thoroughly unconventional ensemble that defies standard notions about the recorder and its limitations." (Chicago Tribune)

Noted for flawless ensemble playing and breathtaking technique, this internationally renowned Dutch recorder quartet presents a concert of renaissance masterworks from Spain and the Low Countries performed on a collection of recorders ranging in size from the 6 inch garklein to the six-foot contrabass.

Harmonia Artificiosa – The Sonata à Cinque in the 17th- & 18th-Century


Saturday, March 27, 2004, 8:00 p.m.
St. Anne Catholic Church

A beautiful and intriguing program of chamber music from 17th- & 18th-Century Italy, Germany and Austria tracing the origins of the quintet as we know it today, written for the richly sonorous formation of two violins, two violas and basso continuo, featuring rarely performed works by Salamone Rossi, H.I.F. Biber, Johann Rosenmüller, Georg Muffat and Georg Phillip Telemann. 

"Vitality and enthusiasm … virtuosity and joy." (The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

Hispanic Heritage Series

Zarzuelas y Tonadillas

El Mundo

Friday, May 7, 2004, 8:00 p.m.
Christ Church Cathedral

This electrifying vocal and instrumental ensemble, noted for its exciting performances of baroque music from Spain and her New World colonies, returns to Houston after its stunning success in 2002 with a program of selected scenes from 17th-Century Spanish zarzuelas and Latin American music dramas. Featured will be excerpts from San Ignacio de Loyola, a sacred drama from the Viceroyalty of Peru with music by Dominico Zipoli.

"Savino and his ensemble provided crackling good playing." (Houston Chronicle)

Free Family Concert

About Houston Early Music 

Houston Early Music is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to further the appreciation and performance of early music of the European traditions and other world cultures, presenting internationally famous musicians playing original instruments in historically-informed performances. In addition we reach out to new and diverse audiences through an educational outreach program on the elementary, secondary, college, and community levels.

You may reach us at

Houston Early Music 
P.O. Box 271193 
Houston TX 77277-1193 
Phone 713-432-1744 
email info@HoustonEarlyMusic.org 
Web http://www.HoustonEarlyMusic.org

Our web site  www.HoustonEarlyMusic.org describes the season's offerings and is a timely source for detailed information on concerts and events throughout the year. If you would like to receive our season program printed brochure, please email or call us. Season subscriptions (six concerts) are $140 standard, $100 seniors/students. A three-concert mini-pass is available for $70/$50.

Volunteer Opportunities

If you would like to help bring the joy of early music to Houston, and to get to know the folks behind the scenes, please call or email us. Our Volunteer Coordinator will contact you to find ways you can get involved. It takes more than excellent musicians to make the music: it won't happen without the invaluable effort of ushers, envelope stuffers, concert assistants, ticket takers, reception hosts ... and many more people just like you. If you love the music and have some time to give, please let us know.

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These activities are made possible in part by a grant from the City of Houston and the Texas Commission on the Arts through the Cultural Arts Council of Houston and Harris County

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