Experience ensemble viii

2021 - 2022 Concert series

Please Join Us for Our 2021-2022 Season!

Following last season’s series of video performances, we are excited to return to live concerts!

From Ensemble VIII’s Artistic Director Donald Meineke: “A common theme heard during the pandemic was the desire to reset and prioritize those things which were most important to people. For the upcoming season, Ensemble VIII will present music by the composers who made us first fall in love with early music. Bach, Palestrina, Tallis, Sheppard, and other giants of the Renaissance and Baroque will be featured throughout the year. Each of these composers lived during turbulent years and each composed music which captures the crucial role music plays in sustaining whole cultures through such difficult times.”

We look forward to seeing you at our upcoming concerts!

PURCHASE TICKETS
See below for detailed descriptions

SEASON TICKETS – Click HERE

Now We Sing of Gladness: songs of praise for health and life – Click HERE
October 8, 2021

In Dulci Jubilo: a capella treasures of the season – Click HERE
December 9, 2021

The Young Sebastian: early cantatas and keyboard works of J. S. Bach – Click HERE
March 11, 2022

All concerts will be presented at Redeemer Presbyterian Church, which is located at 2111 Alexander Ave. in Austin, and will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Season ticket prices range from $90 for regular seating for the three-concert series to $120 for priority seating. Tickets for individual concerts are $45 for priority seating, $35 for regular seating and $10 for students.

 

CONCERT DESCRIPTIONS

October 8, 2021
Now We Sing of Gladness: songs of praise for health and life

Throughout the centuries, Europe endured and rebounded from a number of plagues which ravaged the continent. During these trying times, composers wrote music which soothed the soul during the crisis and lifted the spirits as the world emerged once again into a time of health and prosperity. Ensemble VIII explores music by Tallis, Cooke, Lechner, and Sheppard which were all composed as commentary during the time of a pandemic.

December 9, 2021
In Dulci Jubilo: a capella treasures of the season

The holidays usher in a months-long marathon of shopping, parties, decorating, eating, and merriment. While festive, these weeks leading up to the New Year can also be frenzied and overwhelming. This year, Ensemble VIII offers a serenely sophisticated holiday program as we live fully into the magic and mystery of the season. Music spanning from medieval Europe to African-American spirituals and carols of the Americas will delight the ear and warm the listener’s heart.

March 11, 2022
The Young Sebastian: early cantatas and keyboard works of J. S. Bach

Johann Sebastian Bach is most known for his remarkable and super-human accomplishments during his 27-year tenure at St. Thomas Church in Leipzig. Though born into a musical family of great reputation, Bach’s entry into the world of music began in the provincial countryside of Germany. The early compositions of the young Bach, trained by his older brother, are undeniably rooted in the previous generation of compositional style. Yet, the genius of Bach was already apparent from the first stroke of his quill, and his unique and provocative accent began to push the established boundaries towards a new sound which would change the musical world forever. The final concert of the season features cantatas for choir and chamber orchestra along with keyboard works from Bach’s earliest periods of composing.

Ensemble VIII is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department and by the Texas Commission on the Arts. This project is also supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.