Experience ensemble viii

2022 - 2023 Concert series

Please Join Us for Our Upcoming Concerts! 

Join us this season as we explore themes of light, simple delights, and the power that artistic freedom has to change the world.

All concerts will be hosted by Arts on Alexander on the campus of Redeemer Presbyterian Church, which is located at 2111 Alexander Ave. in Austin, and will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Simple Gifts – Sounds of the season for harp and choir by Britten, Rutter, and Conte

Friday, December 16, 2022

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Ring in the spirit of the holidays with the sparkling sounds of Ensemble VIII accompanied by harp! Featuring selections from Britten’s Ceremony of Carols and music of John Rutter and David Conte, old and new are met together for what will truly be a musical ornament to delight the eyes and ears. A concert for all ages, “Simple Gifts” invites you to catch your breath during this busy time of year and take in the simple yet joyful sounds of the season.

Breaking Free – Music of the German and English Reformations for voice and viols
Friday, May 5, 2023

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Following the German Reformation in 1517 and subsequent English Reformation in 1532, not only was the church shaken theologically but music and the arts flourished in new and remarkable ways. In both Germany and England, music for the church saw creative and innovative settings of historic and new texts and tunes. At the heart of this music was a family of string instruments called the viola da gamba. Used as a consort of instruments during the medieval and renaissance periods, the viol enjoyed a relatively brief but incredibly rich era of prominence. Both Anglicans and Lutherans utilized the whole family of instruments — from the tiny treble to the large bass — to their fullest color and virtuosic abilities. “Breaking Free” explores instrumental and vocal music by Byrd, Gibbons and Tompkins from England, and music by Weckmann, Capricornus, and Georg Bach from Germany.

We look forward to seeing you at our upcoming concerts!

 

Hosted by Arts on Alexander on the campus of Redeemer Presbyterian Church, 2111 Alexander Ave., Austin, TX 78722.

Ensemble VIII is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department and by the Texas Commission on the Arts. This project is also supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.