2017-2018 Concert Series

Ensemble VIII has announced its 2017-2018 season, with five concerts planned for Austin audiences. This season’s concerts will be performed at two Austin venues: St. Louis Catholic Church Chapel and Westlake Hills Presbyterian Church.

All concerts begin at 7:30 p.m.

Ticket Prices: Tickets for individual concerts are $45 for priority seating (advance purchase only), $35 for regular seating and $10 for students (with ID). Tickets are available in advance online or at the door the evening of the performance, space permitting.

Ensemble VIII’s Remaining Concerts of the 2017-2018 Season Include:

Vivaldi Gloria – Christmas with Ensemble VIII

Join Ensemble VIII in celebrating the joy of Christmastime with one of the most well-known and beloved Baroque works, Vivaldi’s infectious Gloria. With voices and chamber orchestra, this concert will include other sparkling works of the Baroque that will thrill and inspire.

Arvo Pärt Passio – Ancient Echoes, Modern Mystic

Arvo Pärt is arguably the most influential and compelling composer of the late 20th century. Passio, Pärt’s setting of the story of Christ’s Passion, is one of his greatest and most powerful works. The Estonian composer’s style is hauntingly reminiscent of Medieval chant, but strikingly fresh in sound. The transparent texture intertwines voices with oboe, bassoon, violin, cello, and organ. Passio is a deeply moving work that will transport listeners to another world of sublime transcendence.

Three French Messieurs – Music of France

Original members of Ensemble VIII Ryland Angel, Donald Meineke, and James Morrow join forces again in this very special, intimate concert of music for three voices. Following last year’s concert Three English Gentlemen, this program features gorgeous music from France, both sacred and secular, suave and sensuous, serious and light. The concert will feature captivating music from the Baroque by Charpentier and Rameau, as well as exquisite Renaissance chansons by Sermisy and others. And there will surely be a few surprises you won’t want to miss!

Cathedrals of Mexico – Grand Polyphony of Puebla and Mexico City

The exquisite Cathedrals of Puebla and of Mexico City boasted sacred music that rivalled that of Europe. Some of the earliest composers were of Spanish or Portuguese birth, but flourished in Mexico. Native composers took up the mantle and wrote works of the highest craft and inspiration. Featured in this concert are some of the finest sacred works composed in Mexico by composers including Juan Gutiérrez de Padilla, Gaspar Fernández, and Hernando Franco.