Houston Early Music’s 2005-2006 season will open with a performance by The English Concert under the direction of acclaimed baroque violinist Andrew Manze, 8:00 p.m., Monday, November at Trinity Lutheran Church, 800 Houston Avenue [directions].
.The English Concert was founded in 1973 and quickly earned a place among the world’s leading period instrument groups. With an exceptional combination of sheer enjoyment in music-making and technical brilliance both on concert platforms and in over 100 recordings the orchestra became worldwide ambassadors for British performing arts.
Andrew Manze was associate director of The Academy of Ancient Music from 1996 to 2003, and succeeded Trevor Pinnock as artistic director of The English Concert in July 2003. He is increasingly sought after as a guest conductor in symphonic repertoire and oratorios throughout Europe, the US and Australia. Manze has released an astonishing variety of CDs. Recordings made with The Academy of Ancient Music have garnered many international prizes, including the Gramophone, Edison and Cannes Classical Awards.
The program includes works by Vivaldi, H.I.F. Biber, Johann Pachelbel and J.S. Bach.
Noted as an engaging speaker, Manze will discuss the evening’s performance in a pre-concert talk at 7:00 pm.
Concert ticket prices are $30 for general admission, $25 for seniors and $10 for students (with student ID). Free admission for children under 15. Tickets may be purchased at the door or by calling 713-432-1744.
Recordings by artists featured by Houston Early Music are available at
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