The Houston Chamber Choir’s last concert of the 2018-2019 Season, Leipzig After Bach, provides the final piece to our diverse and entertaining season of choral music. The names Johann Doles, Johann Hiller and Johann Schicht may not register with us today but they were among those entrusted with the musical life of the Thomaskirche after the time of J.S. Bach. Assisted by noted University of Houston scholar Jeffrey Sposato, author of the upcoming book this concert is based upon, we take a rare look into the music for chorus and orchestra of these composers whose work has been largely overshadowed by the brilliance of their illustrious predecessor.
Houston Chamber Choir
Robert Simpson, conductor
Mario Aschauer, organ/harpsichord
In the early seventeenth century, composers from all over the Holy Roman Empire came to Venice to study with Giovanni Gabrieli, organist at St. Mark’s. One of the choral styles they were eager to learn was the cori spezzati technique, in which two or more choirs sing in alternation. The style spread quickly and inspired composers in Italy and North of the alps. This program, designed in the format of a Vespers for St. Caecilia’s Day, traces the polychoral style in Italy, Germany, and Austria
Bach Society Houston
Sam Houston State Early Music Ensemble
Rick Erickson and Mario Aschauer, conductors
Paper presented at the AMS/SMT San Antonio 2018.
Boulder Bach Festival presents baroque orchestra, vocal quartet & octet, and soprano Josefien Stoppelenburg, performing exquisite works by Venetian baroque composers, including Antonio Lotti, Giovanni Gabrieli, Tarquinio Merula, Vivaldi, ending with J.S. Bach's Orchestral Suite in B Minor.
Pre-concert lecture by Mario Aschauer begins at 6:30pm, concert at 7:30
Nicholas Phan, Evangelist
Mark Diamond, Jesus
Mary Wilson, Soprano
Meg Bragle, Alto
Derek Chester, Tenor
Michael Sumuel, Bass
Houston Symphony Chorus Chamber Ensemble
Betsy Cook Weber, Director
Carole Nelson and John Markert, Directors
Antoine Plante, Conductor