contact US!

Use the form on the right to contact us.

Texas Early Music Project
13915 Burnet Road, Suite 402 
Austin, TX 78728
(512) 377-6961

For ticket and concert venue inquiries, email the Box Office

TEMP is a performing ensemble and not a presenting organization or an agency. Please do not contact TEMP about hosting other early music groups.
Are you a human or robot? *
Help us foil the spam bots!
 

13915 Burnet Road, Suite 402
Austin, TX 78728
United States

(512) 377-6961

Founded in 1987 by Daniel Johnson, the Texas Early Music Project is dedicated to preserving and advancing the art of Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, and early Classical music through performance, recordings, and educational outreach. 

directors blog 3.png

Blog

Explore more than 700 years of musical transformation

Filtering by Tag: Sara Schneider

It's May, it's May, the lusty mont…oh, what?

Danny Johnson

New_York_RenFaire_2004_maypole.jpg

Oh yeh, it’s still April. Cruelest month, and all. Sorry. On the other hand, it’s April 25 and your taxes are done or done’ish. Also, it means that it’s Pam Corn’s birthday! Yes, OUR Pam Corn, TEMP Treasurer and Board member! Join me in wishing her a Happy Birthday and in thanking her for all that she and Corn & Corn, L.L.P. do for TEMP! And my sister: It’s her birthday, too! What an auspicious day!!

So, we are preparing for our May concert of Medieval music from Germany, the Texas Toot workshop in June, the Amherst Early Music Workshop in July, and also the upcoming season, which we will keep to ourselves a little longer. Season tickets for 2019-2020 will be available at the May concert, so bring your calendar and grab those tickets while they’re hot!

Learn more about the May concert below and enjoy this audio sample from our 2012 concert “Living Waters: Works by Hildegard von Bingen” and recorded on our Sacred CD:

Hildegard’s music is unique and rare. Come for the 30-minute, pre-concert lecture by Sara Schneider, too, 1 hour before each performance.

More soon, featuring an exciting interview from this year’s SXSW! No more clues!
-Danny


Mystic, Scientist, Scholar, Nun:
Music of Hildegard von Bingen


Saturday, May 11, 2019, at 
 7:30 pm
St. Louis King of France Catholic Church Chapel, 7601 Burnet Road, Austin, TX
Sunday, May 12, 2019, 3:00 pm

St. John’s United Methodist Church, 2140 Allandale Road, Austin, TX

Admission $30 general; $25 seniors (60+); $5 students (at the door only)
Tickets available in advance online or by cash, check, or credit card at the door.

Take advantage of preferred seating and other perks by sponsoring a concert!

For more information, call 512-377-6961 and leave a message,
or email 
info@early-music.org.

TEMP’s 2003 performance of Hildegard von Bingen’s liturgical drama Ordo virtutum won the Austin Critics Table award for Best Chamber Concert of the season. Now we return to the beautifully sophisticated and powerful music of the 12th-century German abbess with a performance of several of her compelling antiphons and sequences, performed by 15 women singers. KMFA’s Sara Schneider, host of the nationally syndicated program Early Music Now, will present a 30-minute lecture one hour before each concert.

Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179) was a composer, a writer of theological, botanical, and medical texts, a Christian mystic, and an abbess. She has become increasingly important in recent decades due to renewed interest in her visions, music, and holistic healing teachings. She has long been venerated within the Catholic Church, and she was canonized as Saint Hildegard in October 2012. For Hildegard, music was the sacred means through which we become tuned to celestial unity while we remain linked to the lowly vibrations of life on Earth. The melodies of her chants highlight the emotions of the texts through soaring melodic arches, creating an ecstatic aural atmosphere that is unique to her compositions. She compiled all her music into a cycle called Symphonia armoniae celestium revelationum (The Symphony of the Harmony of the Heavenly Revelations), which includes antiphons, sequences, and hymns set to her own texts.

Featured soloists include Jenifer Thyssen, Meredith Ruduski, Gitanjali Mathur, Jenny Houghton, Laura Mercado-Wright, Cayla Cardiff, Shari Alise Wilson, and others. We will also present a few instrumental pieces by composers contemporary to Hildegard’s time, featuring a small instrumental ensemble of vielles, hurdy-gurdy, gittern, and psalteries, led by featured guest Mary Springfels.

Extraordinarily creative and remarkably relevant, Hildegard’s music resonates through the centuries. Please join us for a concert of rare beauty by an exceptional genius.

Click on the image above to     buy tickets now    !

Click on the image above to buy tickets now!

Back to top

The *Less-Early* Early Christmas from TEMP

Danny Johnson

Tune in to KMFA 89.5 FM on Thurs. 12-15-16 at 6pm!

Tune in to KMFA 89.5 FM on Thurs. 12-15-16 at 6pm!

I always feel big pangs of nostalgia when our Christmas concerts end; we have so much to accomplish in so few days, it's very bonding (in the good way, not the oh-my-gosh-the-zombies-are-here way) and we're always sad when it's over.

Sara Schneider, host of Ancient Voices, KMFA 89.5 FM

Sara Schneider, host of Ancient Voices, KMFA 89.5 FM

Except that we all have so many other gigs'o'the season, we can't linger in that sentimental feeling. And these last few days I've stayed right in the concert mode by working with KMFA to present a one hour version of the concert for their Listen Local series. (Yes, 12 minutes of wonderful music had to be left behind due to time constraints.) So if you didn't get to come to the concerts or if you would just like to revisit them, then listen this Thursday, December 15, at 6pm to 89.5 FM or catch it on the interwebs at www.kmfa.org. Sara Schneider will be your M.C. for the program, so you know she'll have the best hits lined up!


Download the TEMP An Early Christmas program notes to follow along while listening!

Joyeux Noël!
-Danny

Join us for our next concert, Feb. 18 & 19, 2017!

Join us for our next concert, Feb. 18 & 19, 2017!

Back to top

Follow the Yellow Brick Pathway . . .

Danny Johnson

That Schütz & Buxtehude built!

yellow_brick_rd.jpg

Howdy! It's been a busy summer. TEMP had a concert of Medieval music at the Mt. Carmel Hermitage Monastery near San Angelo at the end of June and it was really well-received. It was about 80 miles from where I grew up and the afternoon light was unmistakably that of west Texas. This was sandwiched between the Texas Toot workshop in June and the Amherst Early Music Festival/Workshop in July and season preparations in August and ... well, you see where we're going with this: It's already time for concert season!! Our 19th concert season? Could that be true? It takes almost all my fingers and toes to count up the years, so it must be!

We start off with a revised version of our 2005 concert, "Pathways to Bach," which won the Critics Table Award for Best Choral Concert that year.  This year we're doing a different cantata by Dieterich Buxtehude than the one we did in 2005 because Sara Schneider requested it! And it's truly extraordinary; I hope you'll love it! And speaking of Sara Schneider: She will be giving a wonderful pre-concert lecture about 1 hour before concert time both days: "Strange Tones: What Bach Learned from Buxtehude" — don't miss it! 

And be sure to watch the latest broadcast of Meredith Ruduski's Music History Shorts in which she interviews Sara Schneider.

So join us in about 2 weeks! And don't let the start time catch you by surprise on Saturday: lecture at 6pm and concert at 7pm (and lecture at 2pm and concert at 3pm on Sunday!)

Bis bald! (Till soon!)
-Danny

 
 

Pathways to Bach

Saturday, September 3, 2016 at 7PM (with pre-concert lecture at 6pm)
Northwest Hills United Methodist Church, 7050 Village Center Drive

Sunday, September 4, 2016 at 3PM (with pre-concert lecture at 2pm)
Northwest Hills United Methodist Church, 7050 Village Center Drive

Admission $30 general; $25 seniors (60+); $5 students (at the door only)
Tickets available in advance online or by cash, check, or credit card at the door.

Take advantage of preferred seating by purchasing Season Tickets!

For more information, call 512-377-6961 and leave a message,
or email info@early-music.org.

Don’t miss the pre-concert lecture by Sara Schneider 1 hour before each concert:
Strange Tones: What Bach learned from Buxtehude

J.S. Bach didn’t just appear out of nowhere. Dieterich Buxtehude heavily influenced Bach; before that, Buxtehude was influenced by Heinrich Schütz, who is considered one of the most important German composers of the 17th century.

Heinrich Schütz, rightly called the ‘father of German music,’ brought Germany into the forefront of the musical world in the mid-17th century, establishing a trend that lasted more than two hundred years. Dieterich Buxtehude was one of the most important composers in Germany at the end of the 17th century and he was a primary influence for J.S. Bach’s sacred cantatas and organ music. For its opening concert of the season, Texas Early Music Project performs some of the most technically and emotionally powerful music by both of these composers, featuring Schütz’s Musikalische Exequien and Buxtehude’s magnificent cantata Herzlich lieb hab’ ich dich, o Herr.

TEMP's season starts with a 26-voice choir and small orchestra performing major works by Schütz & Buxtehude. Featured soloists include Gitanjali Mathur, Jenifer Thyssen, Shari Alise Wilson, Cayla Cardiff, Nina Revering, Erin Calata, Ryland Angel, Stephanie Prewitt, Paul D'Arcy, Jeffrey Jones-Ragona, David Lopez, Thann Scoggin, Peter Walker, Steve Olivares, and Brett Barnes. The period orchestra includes period strings (violins, viola, and cellos) and a continuo band of theorbo, harp, and organ.

Join us for our opening concert! Glorious and revelatory music
by both Schütz and the composer known to J.S. Bach as Buxte-Dude!

Season Subscriptions and Single Tickets are on sale now!


 

 

Back to top