2018 Houston Early Music Festival

Handel & Pergolesi

Saturday, February 10 | 8:00 p.m.
Stude Concert Hall
Rice University | 6100 Main Street


Based on a medieval poem honoring the suffering of Mary, the Stabat Mater pulls at listeners' innermost heartstrings through operatic expressivity. It's a masterpiece of sacred music and the most frequently printed single work in the 18th century. Paired with favorite arias and duets from Handel's beloved operas, this concert is not to be missed.

Trio Settecento: Handel's Violin

Sunday, February 11 | 6:00 p.m.
Christ the King Lutheran Church | 2353 Rice Blvd

Seasoned veterans of the Houston Early Music Festival and accomplished Handelian performers Trio Settecento and star virtuoso violinist Rachel Barton Pine return to Houston with a program featuring sonatas from the Saxon composer's earliest years in Rome to his last years in London.  Prepare to be enthralled by a great musical mind! The program also includes sonatas of Handel’s contemporaries, Italian violinist-composers Arcangelo Corelli and Francesco Veracini.

A. I. Lack Master Series: Violin Masterclass with Rachel Barton Pine

Monday, February 12 | 10:00 AM - 12:00 pm
Moores School of Music, Room 120
University of Houston | 3333 Cullen Blvd

World-renowned violinist Rachel Barton Pine brings clarity as well as stunningly virtuosic interpretations to the concert stage. Her masterclasses invite participants into her musical perspective of repertoire spanning violin works from the Medieval era to the 21st century.  This event is open to the public and made possible in part by funding from Houston Early Music.

Choral Music from the New World

Monday, February 12 | 7:30 P.M.
The Cathedral of Our Lady of Walsingham
7809 Shadyvilla Lane

Piping Rock Singers program offers selected pieces of Iberian Peninsula composers who's influence helped shape music of the New World, including The Mexico City and The Guatemala City Choir Books. Composers will include Antonio de Salazar, Manuel de Zumaya, Francisco Guerrero, Cristóbal de Morales and Pedro Bermúdez.  

Mozart's Clarinet QUintet: A Match made in Music

Wednesday, February 14 | 7:30 p.m.
Midtown Arts and Theater Center (MATCH) 
3400 Main Street

Houston’s newest period instrument ensemble introduces a new genre to the festival: chamber music from the Classical era. Join us for the music of Joseph Haydn and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, colleagues who inspired one another and remained the best of friends. And what better way to celebrate the day of love than with Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet and the basset clarinet d’amore! Historical clarinet virtuoso and builder Thomas Carroll joins La Speranza on his model of the instrument for which the quintet was intended.

Esther & Jonah

Friday, February 16 | 7:30 PM
Zilkha Hall
Hobby Center for the Performing Arts | 800 Bagby Street

This program comprises two concise music dramas from opposite ends of the 18th century: G. F. Handel's Esther (1718) and Samuel Felsted's Jonah (1775). With gorgeous arias and stirring choruses, Handel's first English-language oratorio celebrates an Old Testament heroine's ultimate victory over the forces of evil. Such works provided valuable models for Samuel Felsted, a composer born to an English family in Jamaica in the early 1740s. His concise setting of the story of Jonah and the whale is the first American oratorio.