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Ensemble VIII Begins Third Season with “Renaissance Splendor: Masterworks from German Lands”

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2013 – 2014 Season Tickets Now on Sale

Austin’s own Ensemble VIII is moving into its third season in the wake of remarkable critical success surrounding its concerts of the past two years. This amazing vocal group has been lauded for its “magnificent synergy” and has been identified as “a musical force that’s on its way to world-class status.” North Coast Brewing is pleased to be a major sponsor of this extraordinary vocal ensemble.

The 2013 – 2014 season will begin on Oct. 4 and 5, in Austin and Georgetown, Texas, with a program entitled Renaissance Splendor: Masterworks from German Lands. In addition to Hans Leo Hassler’s monumental setting of the Lord’s Prayer, Ensemble VIII will perform works by Heinrich Schütz, regarded as one of the most important composers of the 17th century, and Johann Hermann Schein, one of the first composers to incorporate Italian stylistic elements into German music. The season’s premier concert also will include exquisite polyphonic compositions of Leonhard Lechner and Heinrich Isaac.

The Friday, Oct. 4, concert will be at 7:30 in Austin’s St. Louis Catholic Church Chapel. On Saturday, Oct. 5, a matinee performance will begin at 3 p.m. in the First United Methodist Church in Georgetown.

This third season will continue with inspiring music of the Renaissance and Baroque eras in three additional concerts:

Lessons and Carols from King’s
December 17 in Austin, 7:30 p.m., and December 18 in Georgetown, 7 p.m.

European Masterworks for Men’s Voices
January 10 in Austin, 7:30 p.m., and January 11 in Georgetown, 3 p.m.

Love Songs from Italy
May 16 in Georgetown, 7 p.m., and May 17 in Austin, 7:30 p.m.

Season ticket prices range from $120 for regular seating to $160 for priority seating. To purchase season tickets and to learn more about Ensemble VIII, please visit the website. Tickets may also be purchased online for individual concerts.

All of the Austin concerts will be at St. Louis Catholic Church Chapel, located at 7601 Burnet Rd. The Georgetown concerts will be at First United Methodist Church, located at 410 East University Ave.

About Ensemble VIII
The mission of Ensemble VIII is to perform vocal works from the Renaissance and Baroque eras at the highest artistic level with a keen attention to scholarship and historically informed performance practices. The ensemble is based in Austin, Texas and is composed of highly trained early music performers from throughout the United States. For more information, visit the website. Ensemble VIII is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization.

About Dr. James Morrow, Artistic Director
James Morrow is director of choral activities at The University of Texas at Austin where he conducts the Chamber Singers and Choral Arts Society and directs the graduate program in choral conducting. He is founder and artistic director of the Bach Cantata Project at the Blanton Museum of Fine Arts and is also founder and artistic director of Ensemble VIII, a professional early music ensemble devoted to historically informed performances of Renaissance and Baroque vocal works.

 

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North Coast Brewing Co. Sponsors Ensemble VIII’s Final Concert of the Season

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Ensemble VIII, under the direction of conductor and artistic director Dr. James Morrow, will present Blessed Mother, Eternal Spirit – The Eton Choirbook on Friday, May 10 at 7:30 pm at St. Louis Catholic Church in Austin, Texas.

Rich, brilliant, rhythmic and sonorous are words that aptly describe the music contained in the Eton Choirbook, compiled in the early 1500s at the English prep school Eton College. The selections in this collection represent the supreme musical culmination of 15th century Pre-Reformation England and the composers serve as the foundation for later English masters such as Tallis and Byrd. This concert is a rare opportunity to hear this astonishing and extraordinary music.

Tickets are available at Ensemble VIII’s website and prices range from $10 for students to $45 for special priority seating.
Friday, May 10, 2013, 7:30 pm
St. Louis Catholic Church Chapel
7601 Burnet Rd, Austin, Texas

Ensemble VIII performs Renaissance and Baroque vocal music at the highest artistic level with keen attention to scholarship and historically informed performance practice.

In the spring of 2011, some of the country’s most talented early music vocalists met for the first time in Austin, Texas under the direction of Dr. James Morrow. With a national reputation for excellence as a conductor and soloist, Dr. Morrow selected eight highly trained early music specialists to present both familiar and seldom-heard masterworks spanning the years from 1400 to 1750.

Ensemble VIII features vocal performances of extraordinary refinement and clarity. Pre-concert lectures enrich the concert experience by providing historical context for this early music. Eight is the number of completion, the eternal and a new beginning.

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