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The Baroque Music Festival Ensemble, Camerata Ventapane, directed by Barrett Sills, joins forces this year with the Bach Society Houston choir, directed by Albert LeDoux to present an extraordinary concert of cantatas. Artistic director Barrett Sills has also invited Grammy nominated director of Ars Lyrica Houston, Matthew Dirst, to accompany the Ensemble on the harpsichord for the grand finale performance. The Accademia Bizantina from Italy showcases the enchanting repertoire of Angelo Corelli, lead by Music Director Dantone and concertmaster Stefano Montanari, who collaborate in full harmony fusing together the best of their human and artistic qualities.

Israeli keyboard specialist Michael Tsalka, will transport the audiences to an age of elegance and nobility, with a special concert demonstrating the evolution of early keyboard instruments (clavichord, harpsichord, and square piano). A special Command Performance of music written for lute and voice will chant you with Milan's Michael Leopold on lute & Theorbo, accompanied by Germany's Lorenz Miehlich (baritone).

World-class musicians, playing outstanding programs makes each concert a unique experience that contributes to making the whole festival an unforgettable week for all participants.


Guest soloist
Vocalist & Dancers


Barrett Sills
Barrett Sills, a prizewinner in competitions in Germany, France, and Brazil, is a recognized artist on Baroque cello more
Matthew Dirst
Matthew Dirst is the first American musician to win major international prizes in both organ and harpsichord, including first prize more
Albert LeDoux
Albert LeDoux is in his ninth season as Artistic Director of the Bach Choir Houston, which celebrates its thirtieth anniversary with the 2011-2012 more
John Daly Goodwin
Minnesota native and a New Yorker for 30+ years, baritone Jack Goodwin has been singing for as long as he can remember.  more

Guest Soloist

Michael Tsalka
 Dr. Michael Tsalka was born in Tel-Aviv, Israel. After obtaining a bachelor's degree from Tel-Aviv University more
Michael Leopold
Michael Leopold was born in 1971 near San Francisco,California.While studying under the guidance of more
Lorenz Miehlich
Baritone Lorenz Miehlich studied singing at the State Academy of Music Heidelberg and completed his more
Claudine Gómez-Vuistaz
Claudine Gómz Vuistaz is a master performer of harpsichord music and carries out important work to more


Sirene Baroque
New York City based SIREN Baroque stages vibrant, thought-provoking programs more
Camerata Ventapane Ensemble in residence
Founded by Cellist Barret Sills, the Camerata Ventapane more
Kurt Johnson
Kurt Johnson, violin, was born in Chicago, Illinois. He studied at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music more
Yung-Hsiang Wang
Violinist Yung-Hsiang Wang has performed extensively as a recitalist and chamber musician in more
Alan Austin
Frequent chamber musician, soloist, and orchestral player; founding member, Ars Lyrica Houston; has performed as principal more
Maria Lin
Violinist Maria Lin makes her home in Houston where she plays regularly with the Houston Grand Opera, Houston Ballet and Houston Symphony, more
James Dunham
Violist James Dunham's rich background includes having been founding member of the Naumburg Award winning Sequoia , more
Rafael Sáchez
Rafael Sánchez is a native of Mexico City. He started playing the cello at an early age and continued his formal training more
Deborah Dunham
Bassist Deborah Dunham is a native of Massachusetts in the United States. Her principal teachers included Dennis Trembly more
MaryAnn Shore
MaryAnn Shore holds a Performer's Diploma in Baroque oboe from Indiana University as well as a Master of Music degree more
Magali Gasca
Born in Mexico City Maria Magali Gasca studied modern oboe with Roberto Kolb at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) more
Kevin Hall
Kevin Hall has been the principal bassoonist of the Fort Worth
Symphony Orchestra since 1977
Rául Moncada
Born in Mexico city (1975), Raul Eduardo Moncada Barreda studied harpsichord and clavichord more

Vocalist & Dancers

A Viva Voce
The groups repertoire covers a large variety of styles, from the madrigals and motets of the Renaissance to  North American standards. more
Bach Society Houston
The Bach Society Houston was founded in 1982, and its principal mission is to present exemplary,historically-informed professional performances more
Melissa Givens
American soprano Melissa Givens has been resoundingly praised by audiences and critics alike for her rich, liquid tone, intelligent more
Zachary Wilder
Described as possessing a “remarkably clear, flexible lyric tenor,” and a “radiant tone,” Zachary Wilder is a much sought more
Cecilia Duarte-Magallon
Mezzo-soprano Cecilia Duarte is a native of Chihuahua, Mexico. She has been a member of Houston Grand Opera's touring company more
Paul Tipton
Paul Max Tipton is a graduate of Yale Institute of Sacred Music where he studied under tenor James Taylor,
Amy Cain
Amy Cain was born in Jacksonville, Florida and grew up in The Woodlands/Spring area of Texas. Her 25 years of dance training more