2019-2020 Concert Series

Ensemble VIII has announced its 2019-2020 season, with four concerts planned for Austin audiences.    

This season, Donald Meineke, co-founder of Ensemble VIII, debuts as the group’s second artistic director as Dr. James Morrow becomes artistic director emeritus. Both have been continuously involved with the ensemble since its inception and have been acclaimed for their conducting of Renaissance and Baroque music.

All concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. PLEASE NOTE A NEW VENUE FOR OUR OCTOBER CONCERT.

Redeemer Presbyterian Church is located at 2111 Alexander Ave.

St. Louis Catholic Church Chapel is located at 7601 Burnet Rd.

Ticket Prices: Season ticket prices range from $120 for regular seating for the four-concert series to $160 for priority seating. 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 2019-2020 Season Includes: 

Tree of Life – Bach Family Motets

Friday, Oct. 4, 2019

Venue: Redeemer Presbyterian Church

During the 17th and 18th centuries the name “Bach” was synonymous with “musician.” An extensive family tree, beginning with Velt Bach in the mid-16th century, begat a family musical lineage unlike any other in history. Though Johann Sebastian Bach is considered the greatest composer of all time, his musical genius was built upon generations of predecessor Bachs who passed on a wealth of riches upon which the young Sebastian would be shaped. Join us as we explore a sampling of the Bach family tree and hear the unfolding of how the young Bach came to be.

A 17th-Century Venetian Christmas

Thursday, Dec. 19, and Friday, Dec. 20, 2019

Venue: St. Louis Catholic Church Chapel

During the 17th century, Venice was the epicenter of musical grandeur in all of Europe. St. Mark’s Cathedral in Venice was a pilgrimage site for composers and musicians from all over continental Europe who would journey to study the Venetian style, perfected by composers Gabrieli and Monteverdi, and assimilate this unique sound back in their home territories. This holiday, come experience the glory of Baroque Venice right here in Austin in the soaring acoustics of the Chapel of St. Louis Catholic Church as the sound of voices, organ, cornetto, sackbuts, dulcian, and theorbo resound in splendor.

Mon Amour – Expressions of Love from the Renaissance

Friday, Feb. 7, 2020

Venue: St. Louis Catholic Church Chapel

The timeless theme of love is expressed passionately through music in every language. Madrigals, chansons, and ballads addressing the highs and lows of love dominated popular song during the Renaissance. This intimate concert for voices and lute features music from France, Italy, and England and explores the range of emotions when battling this crazy little thing called ‘love.’

In Service to the Pope – Josquin, Palestrina, and the Roman School

Friday, May 8, 2020

Venue: St. Louis Catholic Church Chapel

Josquin and Palestrina represent the height of musical excellence in each of their eras. Both served the papal choir in Rome during turbulent political times, when each managed to refine and develop their mature styles, leaving us some of the most significant music of the Renaissance. Ensemble VIII concludes the season with its annual signature “Renaissance splendor” program culminating with Palestrina’s “Pope Marcellus Mass.”