Dear <<First Name>>:
It's June already?! Where did the year go? Recording two concerts nearly back-to-back really made us lose track of time these past couple of months. We're finishing up the video editing for Schütz & Giggles and we really think you're going to enjoy it! The audio sounds amazing, and the video is looking really great too. We recorded at beautiful St. Martin's Lutheran Church in Austin, with this beautiful, carved wooden altarpiece as our backdrop – appropriate given that so much of what we recorded was music written for use in Lutheran church services.
Heinrich Schütz was the greatest of German composers before JS Bach, but he wasn't the only brilliant composer working in Germany in the 17th century. Schütz & Giggles will feature, along with some incredibly beautiful gems by Schütz, music by his contemporary Michael Praetorius, including a couple of pieces we think have maybe never been performed in Texas before. We were really thrilled to get to use the beautiful Baroque organ at St. Martin's in our recording of the finale of the concert, a large-scale cantata by Praetorius. This instrument is about the size and tonal quality of what Praetorius would've used in his own church in Wolfenbüttel, and it was really amazing to get to record with such an instrument. We'll round the program out with an irreverent sonata for dulcian and strings by Schütz's Austrian contemporary Heinrich Schmelzer, and a beautiful cantata by the north German master of the first post-Schütz generation, Dieterich Buxtehude.
We hope you'll join us for this final program of our tenth season – click here for ticketing. Admission can be had for as little as $1 through our pay-as-you-can ticketing option.
We are just as anxious as you to return to in-person performances. Barring any changes in the current trajectory of things, we'll be back to those in the fall. We're just trying to figure out how to pull that off financially with the reduction in (and now expected complete loss of) funding from the City of Austin. We will do all we can to see you in August or September with an eleventh season!
Billy Traylor – Artistic Director
Stephanie Noori – Concertmaster
Chelsee Sandaker – Ensemble Administrator
James Moran – President, Board of Director