Houston Early Music Festival showcases Houston’s flourishing early music organizations in a series of seven events in February 2018 at venues all over this vibrant, multi-cultural city.
Mercury: Rameau's Les Indes Galantes
Saturday, February 10 | 8:00 p.m.
Stude Concert Hall, Rice University
Houston Early Music: Trio Settecento - Handel's Violin
Sunday, February 11 | 6:00 p.m.
Christ the King Lutheran Church
A.I. Lack Master Series: Violin Masterclass with Rachel Pine
Monday | February 12 | 10:00 a.m.
Moores School of Music, University of Houston
Piping Rock Singers: Choral Music from the New World
Monday, February 12 | 7:30 p.m.
The Cathedral of Our Lady of Walsingham
La Speranza: Mozart's Clarinet Quintet - A MAtch Made in Music
Wednesday, February 14 | 7:30 p.m.
Midtown Arts and Theater Center (MATCH)
Ars Lyrica Houston and Bach Society Houston: Esther & Jonah
Friday, February 16 | 7:30 p.m.
Zilkha Hall, Hobby Center for the Performing Arts
What is Early Music?
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.