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Houston Early Music Newsletter

17 March 2004

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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.

Our Next Concert


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


Saturday, March 27, 2004, 8:00 p.m.
St. Anne Catholic Church
2140 Westheimer

Early Conversations Lecture -- 7:00 p.m.
"In Search of the Origins of the Sonata"
Dr. John Moran, Peabody Conservatory and Rebel cellist

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

Houston Early Music is pleased to present a return performance by the period-instrument ensemble, Rebel, in a program of chamber music from seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Italy, Germany, and Austria which traces the origins of the quintet as we know it today, written for the richly sonorous formation of two violins, two violas and basso continuo. Rebel’s performance features rarely performed works by Salamone Rossi, H.I.F. Biber, Johann Rosenmüller, Georg Muffat, and Georg Phillip Telemann. 

Named after the innovative French Baroque composer Jean-Féry Rebel (1666-1747), Rebel was originally formed in The Netherlands in l99l. In the Fifth International Competition for Ensembles in Early Music, Utrecht 1991, Rebel was awarded first prize. Since then the ensemble has performed at European venues such as the Holland Festival Oude Muziek, Tage Alter Musik Berlin, the Resonanzen Festival (Vienna), La Chapelle Royale (Versailles), Internationale Festtage für Alte Musik Stuttgart, Tage Alter Musik Regensburg and the Händel Festspiele (Halle an der Saale, Germany), among others.

Rebel is currently in residence at historic Trinity Church, Wall Street in New York City, collaborating with Trinity Choir in works ranging from the cantatas of Bach to the major oratories of, Handel, Bach, Mozart and Haydn.

Prior to the concert at 7:00 pm, Dr. John Moran, Rebel cellist and Peabody Conservatory professor, will present a lecture entitled "In Search of the Origins of the Sonata."

More information and program details at http://www.houstonearlymusic.org/2003/rebel.htm

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.

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

Photos from the Renaissance Revelry Gala

If you missed our Gala on January 24th, you missed a good time. 
For a look at all the color and whimsy, as well as the infamous sewer horn, take a look at

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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