Hear the joyful noise of shawms, recorders, bagpipes and sackbuts improvising florid polyphony over songs, dances and sacred chant. Praised for performing intricate 15th-century counterpoint “with the ease of jazz musicians improvising on a theme” (The Cleveland Plain Dealer), Ciaramella brings to life the music of the Burgundian Alta Capella ensembles that piped across Renaissance Europe. Includes a pre-concert talk at 2:15 p.m., with music starting at 3 p.m.
Dedicated to showcasing music from the Middle Ages through the 1700s, Houston Early Music presents concerts performed with historical instruments and styles true to the period. This season encompasses both masterworks and little-known gems with the goal of inspiring audiences to re-imagine the past.