Mercury presents An Early English Christmas
Celebrate the beauty and warmth of the holiday season with an enticing array of traditional carols and music with Houston's premiere period instrument ensemble, Mercury, and their acclaimed guest singers - all with strong ties to the Houston area.
Artistic Director Antoine Plante has curated a lively hour-long concert for Mercury's Neighborhood Concert Series set in four intimate venues across the city. Featuring traditional English Christmas carols, including the ever-popular "Greensleeves"; Elizabethan composer John Dowland's "Awake, Sweet Love," about the joys of requited love, and William Byrd's "Lullaby, my sweet little baby" - a tender and moving work depicting Mary soothing the infant Jesus first published in 1588, "An Early English Christmas" sets a spirited holiday tone.
Guesting on the concert will be five talented Houston-based artists - soprano Hannah Celeste Lu a "pliable, floating voice"- Opera News; mezzo-soprano Cecilia Duarte, praised for her "intensity and conviction"- Houston Chronicle; the Houston Chronicle acclaimed "dashing" tenor Eduardo Tercero, and bass baritone Michael Kessler, a popular performer with local orchestras and choirs.Additional music on the program includes works by popular Baroque and Renaissance composers Thomas Tallis, Henry Purcell, Richard Pygott, and Anthony Holborne.
- November 30: MATCH
- December 2: Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church (2:30 pm)
- December 2: Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (7 pm)
- December 3: Dosey Doe