Texas Early Music Project

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Harmonia Ariosa
Friday, January 29, 2010, 8:00 PM
St. Mary Cathedral, 203 E. 10th Street
FREE (Voluntary Donations Accepted)
Buy Tickets! For more info, call 512.371.0099 or check early-music.org.

Laurie Young Stevens and Friends
including special guests
Manfredo Kraemer, violin, Argentina
Paul Leenhouts, recorder, Netherlands
Phoebe Carrai, cello, Boston

A singular chance to hear some of the most beautiful music of the Baroque period played by international stars in the field of early music presents itself on Friday, January 29. The concert will feature Austin's own Laurie Young Stevens, on baroque violin, playing in the magnificently restored St. Mary Cathedral in downtown Austin. Ms. Stevens will be joined by Manfredo Kraemer, one of the most sought after violinists in the world today. Mr. Kraemer, making a rare appearance in the US from his home in Argentina, is one of the founders of Concerto Kln, a former leader of Musica Antiqua Kln, and present concertmaster of Jordi Savall's Les Concert de Nations. Mr. Kraemer is also the founder and leader of the Rare Fruits Council which was awarded the French Diapason d'Or prize with its recording of Biber's "Harmonia Artificiosa-Ariosa" and has been greeted with rave reviews from the international press.

The title of this year's program, "Harmonia Ariosa", is inspired by Mr. Kraemer's recording and will present works of grace, beauty and virtuosity from 17th century Austria and Italy by Biber, Schmelzer, Vitali, Scarlatti, Frescobaldi, and others. Stevens and Kraemer will be joined by Dutch recorder virtuoso Paul Leenhouts and also by Phoebe Carrai, cello, who is currently director of early music at Harvard University and is on the faculty of the Juilliard School's first ever degree plan for an advanced degree in historical performance. Also performing will be award-winning violinist Kathleen Kajioka from Toronto, violist Andrew Justice from Denton, one of Austin's own Grammy winners, David Dawson, on bass, Gabriel Shuford on harpsichord and organ, and the superlative Austin soprano Jenifer Thyssen.

Please join us for this unparalleled opportunity to hear these world-class performers presenting dazzling Baroque music played on original instruments, including the US premiers of newly found works by Posch, Schmelzer and Vitali. This concert promises to be a highlight of Austin's musical season.

Other performances of this concert

Friday, January 22nd, 7:30 PM
First Central Presbyterian Church
400 N. Orange St., Abilene, TX

Sunday, January 24th, 3:00 PM
Winspear Performance Hall
University of North Texas, Denton, TX

Thursday, January 28th, 7:30 PM
St. Luke's Episcopal Church
11 St. Luke's Lane, San Antonio, TX