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Saturday, March 2, 2013
  • Texas Early Music Project - Unrequited Love - Austin, Texas. Unrequited Love: Troubadours of France and Spain, c.1100-1300. The poetry, music, and culture of the troubadours of southern France informed and inspired musicians and poets all over Europe for generations. Even now, a thousand years later, cultures around the globe refer to favored singers as troubadours. We will present some highlights of this extraordinarily influential genre as well as some of its musical offshoots in Iberia. Our special guest artist Tom Zajac will perform on Medieval bagpipe and flutes. 8:00 p.m. First English Lutheran Church, 30th and Whitis, Austin, TX. http://www.early-music.org

Sunday, March 3, 2013
  • Texas Early Music Project - Unrequited Love - Austin, Texas. Unrequited Love: Troubadours of France and Spain, c.1100-1300. The poetry, music, and culture of the troubadours of southern France informed and inspired musicians and poets all over Europe for generations. Even now, a thousand years later, cultures around the globe refer to favored singers as troubadours. We will present some highlights of this extraordinarily influential genre as well as some of its musical offshoots in Iberia. Our special guest artist Tom Zajac will perform on Medieval bagpipe and flutes. 3:00 p.m. First Presbyterian Church, 8001 Mesa Drive, Austin, Texas. http://www.early-music.org

Friday, March 8, 2013
  • Ars Lyrica - Acis & Galatea - Austin. A new production of Handel's pastoral masterpiece Acis and Galatea, directed by Tara Faircloth and featuring a vibrant cast: soprano Blair Doerge, countertenor Ryland Angel, tenors Derek Chester and Michael Kelly, and bass-baritone Timothy Jones. 8:00 pm. First Presbyterian Church, 8001 Mesa Drive, Austin, Texas. http://www.arslyricahouston.org

  • Mercury - Sabat Mater - Houston. A program of dramatic and intimate vocal compositions -- three of the Baroque era's finest sacred works. Featuring: Amanda Forsythe, Soprano, Tim Mead, Countertenor and Antoine Plante, Conductor. 8:00 p.m. Wortham Center, Cullen Theater, 501 Texas Ave, Houston, Texas. http://www.mercuryhouston.org

Saturday, March 9, 2013
  • Houston Early Music - POEME HARMONIQUE - Venezia dalle Calli ai Palazzi - Houston. The ensemble's Houston debut is presented in collaboration with Da Camera of Houston. Semi- staged in candlelight, the program of works by Claudio Monteverdi, Biagio Marini, Francesco Manelli and Benedetto Ferrari is a celebration of Venice in the Golden Age, when art music and popular forms came together and mingled, before emotion and language were restrained by rules and codes. 8:00 p.m. Wortham Center, Cullen Theater, 501 Texas Ave, Houston, Texas. http://www.houstonearlymusic.org

Sunday, March 10, 2013
  • Dallas Recorder Society Concert - Dallas. Mu Phi Epsilon and the Dallas Public Library present a free concert in the downtown library auditorium. Affiliated with the American Recorder Society, the Dallas Recorder Society promotes early music and recorder playing. Its director is Jennifer Carpenter. The group will perform an afternoon concert and will be joined by the Viola da Gamba Society, Rio Brazos Ensemble and Cornell Kinderknecht. 3:00 p.m. Dallas Public Library, J. Erik Jonsson Central Library Auditorium, 1515 Young St., Dallas, Texas. http://www.muphiepsilondallas.org/concert_series.htm

  • Ars Lyrica - Acis & Galatea - Houston. A new production of Handel's pastoral masterpiece Acis and Galatea, directed by Tara Faircloth and featuring a vibrant cast: soprano Blair Doerge, countertenor Ryland Angel, tenors Derek Chester and Michael Kelly, and bass-baritone Timothy Jones. 6:00 pm. Zilkha Hall, Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, 800 Bagby, Houston, Texas. http://www.arslyricahouston.org

Saturday, March 16, 2013
  • Texas Camerata - 'Germany II' - Fort Worth. An afternoon of cantatas and instrumental music from the German High Baroque featuring David Grogan, bass, singing J.S. Bach's Ich habe genug and Paul Leenhouts, recorder and director of the University of North Texas Early Music program. 2:00 pm, Modern Art Museum, 3200 Darnell Street, Fort Worth, Texas. http://www.texascamerata.org

  • Dallas Bach Society, La Resurezzione - Dallas. We celebrate the season with George Frederic Handel's amazing La Resurezzione, a grand work originally given in the palace of a prominent Italian nobleman, which essentially launched Handel's career as a major composer. Featuring Rebecca Choate Beasley as the Angel and David Grogan as Lucifer. 8:00 p.m., Church of the Incarnation, 3966 McKinney Ave, Dallas, Texas. http://www.dallasbach.org

Sunday, March 24, 2013
  • Bach Society Houston - Abendmusik - Houston, Texas. The Bach Society Houston presents Abendmusik Concert: St. Mark Passion (1747 version). The Bach Choir Houston and Mercury. Guest soloists will be: Randall Umsted, tenor and Melissa Givens, soprano. Guest conductor Ian Watson. 6:00 p.m. Christ the King Lutheran Church, 2353 Rice Boulevard at Greenbriar Drive, Houston, Texas 77005. http://www.bachsocietyhouston.org

Friday, March 29, 2013
  • Bach Society Houston - Abendmusik - Houston, Texas. The Bach Society Houston presents Abendmusik Concert: St. Mark Passion (1747 version). The Bach Choir Houston and Mercury. Guest soloists will be: Randall Umsted, tenor and Melissa Givens, soprano. Guest conductor Ian Watson. 3:00 p.m. Christ the King Lutheran Church, 2353 Rice Boulevard at Greenbriar Drive, Houston, Texas 77005. http://www.bachsocietyhouston.org

Saturday, April 6, 2013
  • Orchestra of New Spain - Boccherini and his Two Cellos - Dallas. Luigi Boccherini was an internationally known phenomenon when he moved to Aranjuez in the 1760s to play in the Spanish Court's opera orchestra. This concert features our very own Eric Smith playing the Boccherini, G Major Cello Concerto, his Sinfonia No. 5, the Courcelle Lamentation for Tenor and two cellos and other works from the Spanish Court Palace at Aranjuez. 7:00 p.m. Zion Lutheran Church, 6121 East Lovers Lane, Dallas, TX 75214. http://www.orchestraofnewspain.org

  • La Follia Austin Baroque - Johann Sebastian Bach's Musical Offering - Austin, Texas. Hear a rare complete performance of one of the final works of the Master. Inspired by a theme given to him by no less than Frederick the Great of Prussia, Bach composed music of increasing complexity and ingenuity, as well as a complete sonata featuring Fred's favorite instrument: flute. Far from being dry and academic, it is -- as always with Bach -- music of deep spirituality. 8:00 p.m. First Presbyterian Church, 8001 Mesa Drive, Austin, Texas. http://www.lafollia.org

Sunday, April 7, 2013
  • La Follia Austin Baroque - Johann Sebastian Bach's Musical Offering - Austin, Texas. Hear a rare complete performance of one of the final works of the Master. Inspired by a theme given to him by no less than Frederick the Great of Prussia, Bach composed music of increasing complexity and ingenuity, as well as a complete sonata featuring Fred's favorite instrument: flute. Far from being dry and academic, it is -- as always with Bach -- music of deep spirituality. 3:00 p.m. First Presbyterian Church, 8001 Mesa Drive, Austin, Texas. http://www.lafollia.org

Thursday, April 11, 2013
  • Mercury - Mozart's A Little Night Music - Houston. Join us as we perform arguably the greatest and most well known of all of Mozart's works, Eine Kleine Nachtmusik. Experiencing these works performed first hand makes clear the reason for their extraordinary longevity in the music world. 8:00 p.m. Gallery M Squared at the old Heights Theater, 339 W 19th Street Houston, TX 77008. http://www.mercuryhouston.org

Saturday, April 13, 2013
  • Mercury - Mozart's A Little Night Music - Houston. Join us as we perform arguably the greatest and most well known of all of Mozart's works, Eine Kleine Nachtmusik. Experiencing these works performed first hand makes clear the reason for their extraordinary longevity in the music world. 2:30 p.m. Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church, 11612 Memorial Drive Houston, TX 77024. http://www.mercuryhouston.org

  • Mercury - Mozart's A Little Night Music - Houston. Join us as we perform arguably the greatest and most well known of all of Mozart's works, Eine Kleine Nachtmusik. Experiencing these works performed first hand makes clear the reason for their extraordinary longevity in the music world. 8:00 p.m. Rothko Chapel, 1409 Sul Ross Street Houston, TX 77006. http://www.mercuryhouston.org

Sunday, April 14, 2013
Friday, April 19, 2013
  • Mercury - Mozart's A Little Night Music - Houston. Join us as we perform arguably the greatest and most well known of all of Mozart's works, Eine Kleine Nachtmusik. Experiencing these works performed first hand makes clear the reason for their extraordinary longevity in the music world. 8:00 p.m. University of Houston - Clear Lake, 2700 Bay Area Boulevard Houston, TX 77058. http://www.mercuryhouston.org

Saturday, April 20, 2013
  • Mercury - Mozart's A Little Night Music - Houston. Join us as we perform arguably the greatest and most well known of all of Mozart's works, Eine Kleine Nachtmusik. Experiencing these works performed first hand makes clear the reason for their extraordinary longevity in the music world. 8:00 p.m. The John Cooper School, One John Cooper Drive The Woodlands, TX 77381. http://www.mercuryhouston.org

  • Texas Early Music Project - Secret No More - Austin, Texas. Secret No More: Renaissance and Baroque Music by Nuns, Courtesans, and Queens. For many centuries, it was usually considered unsuitable behavior for women to be involved in composition, acting, or musical performance. Women composers usually worked in secret in convents and courts. Even so, there is a sizable amount of wonderful music, sacred and secular, composed by women for women to perform. Join us for these delicious and soulful gems for female soloists and chorus with a small period instrument orchestra. 8:00 p.m. See Texas Early Music Project for location. http://www.early-music.org

Sunday, April 21, 2013
  • Texas Early Music Project - Secret No More - Austin, Texas. Secret No More: Renaissance and Baroque Music by Nuns, Courtesans, and Queens. For many centuries, it was usually considered unsuitable behavior for women to be involved in composition, acting, or musical performance. Women composers usually worked in secret in convents and courts. Even so, there is a sizable amount of wonderful music, sacred and secular, composed by women for women to perform. Join us for these delicious and soulful gems for female soloists and chorus with a small period instrument orchestra. 3:00 p.m. First Presbyterian Church, 8001 Mesa Drive, Austin, Texas. http://www.early-music.org

Sunday, April 28, 2013
Thursday, May 9, 2013
  • Mercury - Beethoven 4 and 5 - Houston. Once again Mercury addresses the greats of the classical repertoire and performs them faithfully to their original form with the passion and intimacy that have become staples of the orchestra's identity. 8:00 p.m. University of Houston - Clear Lake, 2700 Bay Area Boulevard Houston, TX 77058. http://www.mercuryhouston.org

Friday, May 10, 2013
  • Mercury - Beethoven 4 and 5 - Houston. Once again Mercury addresses the greats of the classical repertoire and performs them faithfully to their original form with the passion and intimacy that have become staples of the orchestra's identity. 8:00 p.m. Wortham Center, Cullen Theater, 501 Texas Ave, Houston, Texas. http://www.mercuryhouston.org

Sunday, May 12, 2013
Sunday, May 26, 2013
Friday, May 31, 2013
  • Ars Lyrica - Divine Recreation - Houston. Musical settings of texts from the Song of Solomon by Claudio Monteverdi, Dietrich Buxtehude, and Part I of Handel's oratorio Solomon. With soprano Melissa Givens, mezzo-soprano Ellie Jarrett Shattles, and tenor Tony Boutte. 7:30 pm. Zilkha Hall, Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, 800 Bagby, Houston, Texas. http://www.arslyricahouston.org

Sunday, June 2, 2013
  • 15th Annual Summer Texas Toot (June 2-8) - Austin. The 2013 Summer Texas Toot is a one-week program of classes in Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque music at all levels. Participants are welcome to participate in classes for recorder, viol, harp, lute, continuo and voice. This year's distinguished faculty includes Saskia Coolen, Mary Springfels, Becky Baxter, Tom Zajac, Robert Weimken, Peter Maund and Daniel Johnson. The festival will be held June 2 through June 8, 2013 on the campus of Concordia University in Austin, Texas. http://www.toot.org

 
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