2016-2017 Concert Series

Ensemble VIII is pleased to announce our 2016-2017 season, with five early music concerts planned for Austin audiences. Season tickets as well as tickets to the individual concerts are now on sale. For the first time, this season’s concerts will be performed at two different Austin venues: St. Louis Catholic Church Chapel and Westlake Hills Presbyterian Church. All concerts begin at 7:30 p.m.

Please note that the Jan. 27, 2017 Trio concert will only be performed once–all season ticket holders will receive tickets to the concert, which will be performed at St. Louis Catholic Church Chapel.

Ticket Prices:
Season ticket prices range from $150 for regular seating for the five-concert series to $200 for priority seating. Tickets for individual concerts are $45 for priority seating, $35 for regular seating and $10 for students (with ID).

Thursday Night Concert Series – Westlake Hills Presbyterian Church Purchase Season Tickets

Friday Night Concert Series – St. Louis Catholic Church Chapel  Purchase Season Tickets

Please pick up your season tickets at the Will Call desk the night of your first concert.

Ensemble VIII’s 2016-2017 Season Includes:

Te Deum Laudamus! Songs of Praise and Celebration
Thursday, October 13, 2016 – Westlake Hills Presbyterian Church Purchase Tickets for this Concert
Friday, October 14, 2016 – St. Louis Catholic Church Chapel  Purchase Tickets for this Concert

Celebration is in order as Ensemble VIII launches into our sixth season with a grateful and optimistic spirit. The ancient hymn Te Deum Laudamus provides the perfect theme to express our enthusiasm about this year of exciting concerts. Written in the 4th century, the Te Deum text has inspired composers to write some of the most brilliant works over the last 600 years. This concert features John Sheppard’s magnificent Te Deum setting, as well as a host of other inspiring and uplifting celebratory works.

Repeat the Sounding Joy! Christmas with Ensemble VIII
Thursday, December 15, 2016 – Westlake Hills Presbyterian Church Purchase Tickets for this Concert
Friday, December 16, 2016 – St. Louis Catholic Church Chapel  Purchase Tickets for this Concert

Join Ensemble VIII in celebrating the joy of Christmastime. Vibrant Medieval carols are juxtaposed with inspiring polyphonic settings of the greatest texts of the season. When the bustle of the holiday wanes, treat yourself to the rejuvenating gift of music at this special time of year.

Three English Gentlemen – Music of Byrd and Dowland
Friday, January 27, 2017 (trio) – St. Louis Catholic Church Chapel – Purchase Tickets for this Concert

Original members of Ensemble VIII, Ryland Angel, Donald Meineke, and James Morrow, join forces in this very special, intimate concert of music for three voices. Featuring music of two of the greatest English composers, the trio will perform William Byrd’s transparent Mass for Three Voices, as well as captivatingly beautiful songs with lute accompaniment by John Dowland. And there may be a few surprises you won’t want to miss!

Sacred Shadows – Victoria’s Tenebrae Responsories
Thursday, March 9, 2017 – Westlake Hills Presbyterian Church Purchase Tickets for this Concert
Friday, March 10, 2017 – St. Louis Catholic Church Chapel  Purchase Tickets for this Concert

Translated as “shadows” due to the gradual extinguishing of all candles throughout the service, Tenebrae is celebrated on each of the three days of Holy Week that precede Easter—Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday. These most poignant services of the church year feature contemplative readings paired with related musical responses. Spanish composer Tomás Luis de Victoria’s setting of the Tenebrae responsories is a true masterpiece of extraordinary depth and beauty.

My Beloved Spake – A Banquet of Love
Thursday, April 27, 2017 – Westlake Hills Presbyterian Church – Purchase Tickets for this Concert
Friday, April 28, 2017 – St. Louis Catholic Church Chapel – Purchase Tickets for this Concert

Historically attributed to King Solomon, the Song of Songs is a feast of evocative love poetry. Set as exchanges between two lovers, composers of every generation have been drawn to these sensual texts. This concert features some of the finest Renaissance settings of these passionate love songs. “My beloved spake, and said unto me, rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away.”