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2 May 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.
Hispanic Heritage Series
°Zarzuelas y Tonadillas!
Friday, May 7, 2004, 8:00 p.m.
Christ Church Cathedral
1117 Texas Avenue
Early Conversations Lecture
"The 17th-Century Zarzuela."
On Friday May 7, Houston Early Music is proud to present El Mundo, a chamber music group specializing in music from Spain, Latin America and Italy. Under the direction of guitarist/lutenist Richard Savino, El Mundo will present a concert version of Sebastian Duronís Baroque zarzuela Salir el amor del mundo. Loosely translated as Cupidís Final Folly and first performed in Madrid in 1696, this work is a comical account of Cupidís confrontation with the chaste huntress Diana. It is a marvelous work of musical theatre. Featured singers will include mezzo soprano Jennifer Lane and soprano Jennifer Ellis.
The zarzuela is a dramatic musical genre that is particular to Spanish culture. Originally named after the Philip IVís hunting retreat outside of Madrid, where some of the earliest productions took place, the zarzuela evolved at approximately the same time as did Italian opera, and shares a number of characteristics with its musical cousin. What separates zarzuelas from their Italian opera counterparts is that beyond the sung music they also contain sections of spoken dialogue accompanied by dramatic stage action.
Also to be included on the program will be a collection of Spanish tonos humanos (secular songs) and excerpts from Domenico Zipoliís new world sacred opera San Igancio (c.1730).
Prior to the concert at 7:00 pm, Dr. Richard Savino, California State University at Sacramento and director of El Mundo will present a lecture entitled "The 17th-Century Zarzuela."
Tickets are $25 for general admission, $20 for seniors and students and may be purchased at the door or by calling 713-432-1744.
See also the Free Family Concert at 1:00 PM, Saturday, May 8 at the Institute of Hispanic Culture, 3115 Sul Ross
For information or Tickets, call 713-432-1744
Single tickets: $25 standard, $20 seniors/students
Children aged 12 or under are admitted free.
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.
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Houston Early Music
P.O. Box 271193
Houston TX 77277-1193
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