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Next Concert:
TAPESTRY with Medieval Strings


Sunday, February 11, 2007 at 4pm
Trinity Episcopal Church, 1015 Holman (at Main)


The 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, below.



Celebratory Music of Guillaume Du Fay (1397-1474)

and his Contemporaries


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 4:00 p.m., Sunday, February 11 at Trinity Episcopal Church, 1015 Holman (at Main).


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 festivals at Utrecht,  Flanders, Regensburg, Le Donne in Musica Rome, Festival de Musique Sacree of Quebec,  as well as the Hildegard von Bingen Symposium at the Univ. of Oregon, Da Camera of Houston series, Tucson Early Music Society, Cleveland’s Museum Concerts, New York City's Frick Collection, and Metropolitan Museum of Art.


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.


More information, including complete program listing is available at



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. For more information visit


Letter to Subscribers regarding Tapestry and Monica Hugget / Richard Savino concerts

Dear HEM subscriber:

At long last we are able to provide tickets for the February 11 concert by Tapestry.  The primary reason for the delay in getting the tickets to you is that, due to unforeseen circumstances, it became necessary to change the location of the concert.  However, we are most fortunate to be able to present this concert at Trinity Episcopal Church, 1015 Holman (at Main).  The time and date (Sunday, February 11 at 4:00 pm) remain the same. 

Also enclosed you will find replacement tickets for the April 20 concert by Monica Huggett and Richard Savino.  The tickets provided at the beginning of this season were printed with an incorrect date.  Some of you were provided tickets with that mistake corrected by hand but to avoid further confusion, we are providing new tickets to all of our subscribers.

We suggest that you to not discard the first set of tickets you received  but, after correcting the date for the concert, give them to acquaintances to attend the concert with you.  This concert promises to be truly outstanding. Ms. Huggett is one of the foremost baroque violinists on the worldwide early music scene and Mr. Savino is known to many of you from his many appearances in Houston.  This would be a marvelous opportunity to introduce music lovers to the exceptional quality of  our concerts.

If there are problems with the enclosed tickets or if these changes should cause you any inconvenience, please me know either by phone – (713) 432-1744 or email –


Nancy Ellis
Artistic Director
Houston Early Music

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

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