Seeking to capitalize on the local growth of early music programming and period-instrument expertise, HEMF is an international platform for showcasing Houston’s growing talent pool and flourishing early music organizations. 

Saturday, February 10 | 8:00 P.m.
Mercury: Handel & Pergolesi

Sunday, February 11 | 6:00 p.m.
Houston Early Music: Trio Settecento

Monday, February 12 | 10:00 A.m.- 12:00 P.m.
Violin Master Class with Rachel Barton Pine

Monday, February 12 | 7:30 p.m.
Piping Rock Singers: Choral Music from the New World

Wednesday, February 14 | 7:30 p.m.
La Speranza: Mozart's Clarinet Quintet--- A Match Made in Music

Friday, February 16 | 7:30 p.m.
Ars LyricA Houston & Bach Society Houston: Esther & Jonah


Early Music is music from the mid-18th century and before, music from the Baroque, Renaissance and Middle Ages.  From the Gregorian chant to Bach’s organ works, Handel’s operas, and Vivaldi’s concertos, it is the most beautiful and exciting music from our Western heritage. Early music experts strive to revive forgotten masterpieces of past eras and give us a glimpse of how this music was performed: “what are those angels singing and playing in medieval paintings…what did queen Elizabeth I dance to, what entertained Louis XIV at dinner?” (Forrest Kelly, Thomas. Early Music: A Very Short Introduction. New York:  Oxford University Press, 2011. Print.) Early music is performed on historical period instruments (or their replicas) because they produce livelier and more authentic sounds than their modern equivalents.

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