2017 Houston Early Music Festival


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Vocal MASTER CLASS

Friday, FEBRUARY 10 | 11:00 a.M.
MOORES SCHOOL OF MUSIC, UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON

Join the Houston Early Music Festival as we present a Vocal Master Class in partnership with Houston Grand Opera, the University of Houston, and Rice University. Soprano Sherezade Panthaki is quickly being recognized as one of early music's greatest stars, and she will coach students and professional singers in Baroque vocal performance practice. Audience members will learn about Baroque ornamentation, and the practices that made these forms the epitome of classical singing.

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH
HOUSTON GRAND OPERA  l  RICE UNIVERSITY  l  UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON


Rameau's Les Indes Galantes

Saturday, February 11 | 8:00 p.m.
Wortham theater Center
cullen theater | 501 Texas Avenue

Rameau’s music to the opera-ballet Les Indes galantes perfectly represents the French Baroque — now, experience this work in a unique collaboration with the Museum of Fine Arts Houston featuring a curated series of eighteenth century paintings projected behind the orchestra – a singular way to experience this music like never before. Pre-concert talk 7:15 p.m. with Gregory Barnett.


Scalable Heights

Sunday, February 12 | 6:00 p.m.
Hobby Center for the Performing Arts
Zilkha hall | 800 Bagby Street

Fast passagework? High notes? No problem for the greatest virtuosos of the early 18th century, whose talents inspired some of the most spectacular music of the late Baroque. J. S. Bach’s Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen, one of the great showpieces of the soprano and trumpet repertoire, headlines a program that also includes showstoppers by Vivaldi and Scarlatti. Pre-concert talk 5:30 p.m. with Matthew Dirst and friends.


Madrigals, Motets and merryment

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17 | 7:00 P.M.
CHRIST THE KING LUTHERAN CHURCH
2353 RICE BOULEVARD

The Piping Rock Singers presents Madrigals, Motets and Merryment, an evening of rarely heard street song style madrigals and beloved favorites. The program combines featured works by Dering, Gibbons and Janequin with a sampling of madrigals by other treasured Renaissance composers


Profeti Della Quinta

Saturday, February 18 | 7:30 p.m.
Congregation Beth Israel
5600 N. Braeswood

Swiss-based vocal quintet Profetti della Quinta portrays the many-faceted art of Italian Jewish composer Salomone Rossi (c.1570–c.1630) as a court composer in the service of the Gonzaga family and as an innovator of devotional music for the synagogue, performing a selection of his Italian madrigals, instrumental pieces, and Hebrew prayers. Pre-concert viewing of the documentary film The Search for Salomone Rossi at 6:30 p.m.


Bach Family Motets

Sunday, FEBRUARY 19 | 6:00 P.M.
Christ the king lutheran church
2353 rice boulevard

The Bach family was enormous — Johann Sebastian had eight siblings and 20 children, many of them composers, and J.S. Bach almost certainly studied their compositions. Join us as we trace the development of this incredible, yet often-forgotten genre from the earliest works of the Bach clan, through Johann Sebastian’s marvelous Fürchte dich nicht, one of the pinnacles of western choral music. Pre-concert talk 5:15 p.m. with acclaimed Bach motets scholar Daniel Melamed.