Celebratory Music of Guillaume Du Fay (1397-1474)
and his Contemporaries
Sunday, February 11, 2007 at 4pm
The original site for this concert has changed. The new site is Trinity Episcopal Church, 1015 Holman (at Main). The time and date (Sunday, February 11 at 4:00 pm) remain the same. See letter to subscribers
Houston Early Music will present the vocal
ensemble Tapestry in Three Weddings and a
Funeral, a program featuring secular and sacred music of Guillaume Du Fay,
the most famous composer of late-Middle Age/early Renaissance. The Boston-based trio (Laurie Monahan, mezzo-soprano, Cristi Catt, soprano and Daniela Tosic, alto) will
be joined by Medieval Strings (Shira
Kammen and Dana Maiben, medieval fiddles and Grant Herreid, tenor and lute).
The performance will be at , Sunday, February 11 at Trinity
Episcopal Church, 1015 Holman (at
A composer to the rich and famous, Du Fay provided music for the weddings of Carlo Malatesta and Vittoria di Lorenzo, Cleofe Malatesta and Theodre Palaiologos II, and Louis of Savoy and Anne of Lusignan. Each wedding most assuredly had has its share of political intrigue, travel, scandal, and exotic guests. In addition to the celebratory compositions extolling love and marriage, Tapestry’s program includes a selection of pieces of a more somber tone including a Ockeghem composition lamenting the death of
Giles Binchois, a composer highly esteemed by Du Fay.
Tapestry, founded in 1995, has established an
international reputation for its bold conceptual programming. Tapestry engagements include the
Tapestry has made four recordings for Telarc International: Angeli, Music of Angels; Celestial Light; Song of Songs - Come into my Garden; and The Fourth River. The ensemble received the ECHO Klassik prize for Sapphire Night which combines music of Hildegard von Bingen with Patricia van Ness’s Nine Order of Angel which was released in January 2004 by German label MDG.
"Hypnotically beautiful....inexhaustible cornucopia of sensual pleasures"
San Diego Reader
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