Experience ensemble viii

2019 - 2020 Concert series

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 are in Austin, TX and 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.

Upcoming Concerts

A 17th-Century Venetian Christmas

Thursday, December 19, 2019 at 7:30 PM
Friday, December 20, 2019 at 7:30 PM

St. Louis Catholic Church Chapel
7601 Burnet Rd. Austin, TX

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, February 7, 2020 at 7:30 PM

St. Louis Catholic Church Chapel
7601 Burnet Rd. Austin, TX

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 at 7:30 PM

St. Louis Catholic Church Chapel
7601 Burnet Rd. Austin, TX

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.”

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