The Austin Handel-Haydn Society

Tenth Anniversary Season Schedule


Mostly Mozart & 10th Birthday Celebration
October 7, 1995
Saturday, 8:00 pm
First Baptist Church
901 Trinity
Austin, Texas
Mozart’s sacred choral compositions span from his early childhood to his final, unfinished masterworks, the Requiem and the Great Mass in C Minor.
In this fabulous season opener, the society will offer some of the most interesting and beautiful of Mozart’s works — his energetic and youthful Te Deum; the elegant little motet for the Feast of St. John the Baptist, Inter natos mulierum; and the deeply moving Litany to the Blessed Virgin Mary. To prepare the palate for this Mozart feast, the Society will begin with a delightful Bach aperitif.
Just 10 years ago, the Society’s first concert featured works of Mozart; this year, in honor of this anniversary, the Society returns to Mozart. In a special celebration following the Mostly Mozart concert, the Society will serve birthday cake to all in attendance in celebration of 10 years of music making in Austin.


Messiah as Handel Heard It, Part I
Susan Ferré, Guest Conductor
December 9, 1995
Saturday, 8:00 pm
St. Louis Catholic Church
7601 Burnet Road
Austin, Texas
Dr. Susan Ferré will lead the Society and its soloists in an Austin first: Handel’s Messiah as Handel himself might have heard it — with authentic instruments at A-415 and highly inflected with the musical gestures of Baroque dance rhythms.
Susan Ferré is the Artistic Director and founder of the Texas Baroque Ensemble, an instrumental group which performs on original Baroque instruments. The Ensemble performs many concerts each year, and is well known throughout the Southwest for its performances of Handel’s Messiah. The Austin Handel-Haydn Society is honored to be led by Dr. Ferré in this season’s December and April mini-series, "Messiah as Handel Heard It".


5th Annual Christmas at the Cathedral
December 22, 1995
Friday, 8:00 pm
St. Mary’s Cathedral
10th & Brazos
Austin, Texas
The Society once again offers the Central Texas community a concert of a cappella works in honor of the Christmas season performed in the beautiful and historical setting of St. Mary’s Cathedral in downtown Austin.
This traditional concert will feature settings of both popular and less familiar carols sung by the Society. Following a four-year tradition, the concert will also feature the audience as it joins the Society in sacred Christmas hymns.
Fauré Requiem and Hindemith Trauermusik
February 24, 1996
Saturday, 8:00 pm
First Baptist Church
901 Trinity
Austin, Texas
The Society and the Orchestra of St. David’s will present the dark-hued Requiem by Gabriel Fauré with the composer’s original instrumentation. The chorus will also sing selected Lenten motets by French composers, and the Orchestra will play the beautiful Trauermusik by Paul Hindemith. Hindemith wrote this profound work in response to the death of King George V in 1936. Hindemith prepared the score and performed as viola soloist with the BBC Orchestra the very day after the monarch’s death.
Messiah as Handel Heard It, Parts II & III
April 27, 1996
Saturday
St. Louis Catholic Church
7601 Burnet Road
Austin, Texas
The Society sings Parts II and III of Handel’s consummate masterwork, again under the direction of Texas’ leading interpreter of Baroque music. Hear the dramatic retelling of the Messiah’s suffering, death, resurrection, ascension and reign, presented as it might have been performed during Handel’s lifetime.



Other Musical Offerings

Julia Armstrong, Contralto
David Mead, Piano
September 16, 1995
Saturday, 8:00 pm
Sumners Hall
St. David’s Episcopal Church
7th & San Jacinto
Well-known Austin contralto Julia Lacy Armstrong, a regular singer and soloist with the Society, joins premier pianist and scholar David Mead for a relaxed evening of songs and commentary, ranging from the familiar to the slightly off-the-wall, presented in the informal atmosphere of Sumners Hall at St. David’s Episcopal Church.


Elaine Dykstra & Paula White
Dual Harpsichordists
January 13, 1996
Saturday, 8:00 pm
Abendmusik Concert Series
St. Paul Lutheran Church
3501 Red River Drive
The Society’s accompanist since 1989, Elaine Dykstra will be joined by Paula White for an evening of works for two harpsichords. Mrs. Dykstra is a frequent performer with the UT Early Music Ensemble, the Texas Early Music Project, and the Austin Handel-Haydn Society. Paula White is the organist and choir director at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, and is the past Dean of the Austin Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.

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