In observance of the 250th anniversary of the birth of W.A. Mozart, Houston Early Music presents baroque violinist Rachel Podger and fortepianist Gary Cooper in a program featuring the composer’s Sonatas for Keyboard and Violin. The performance will be at 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 14, First Unitarian Universalist Church, 5200 Fannin.
The British duo has released two in a series of four CDs of the complete of the Sonatas on Channel Classics to critical acclaim. The first CD of the Sonatas, issued in 2005, was Editor’s Choice of Gramophone and received a Diapason d’Or.
Rachel Podger was educated in Germany and in England at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. From 1997 to 2002 she was leader of The English Concert. In 2004 Ms. Podger began a guest directorship of The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. She also works as a guest director with Arte dei Suonatori (Poland), Musica Angelica (USA) and Santa Fe Pro Musica (USA), and as soloist with The Academy of Ancient Music. In addition to her busy career as a recitalist and solo recording artist, Ms. Podger is Professor of Baroque Violin at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.
Gary Cooper studied organ and harpsichord at Chetham’s School of Music, the John Loosemore Centre, and was an organ scholar at New College, Oxford. Between 1992 & 2000, he was a member of the highly acclaimed baroque ensemble Sonnerie. Noted as a soloist, director, accompanist, and chamber musician, Cooper also appears frequently with ensembles such as The King’s Consort and Concordia, and currently teaches harpsichord at the Royal Northern College of Music and Chetham’s School of Music. He was recently named "Best Newcomer in Classical Music, 2001" in the Times, and "a rising star in early music" in the Observer.
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.
SONATAS FOR KEYBOARD AND VIOLIN
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Rachel Podger, baroque violin
Gary Cooper, fortepiano
Sonata in G Major, K.379
Thema: Andantino cantabile
Sonata in C Major, K.6
Menuet I & II
Sonata in B flat Major, K.378
Andantino: sostenuto e cantabile
Sonata in C Major, K.303
Adagio / Molto Allegro
Tempo di Menuetto
Adagio from Sonata in F Major, K.30
Fantasie in C minor for piano, K. 396 after fragment for Violin & Piano in C
Sonata in E flat Major, K.481
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