20 for 20: TEMP's 20th Anniversary Season Fundraiser

For: Texas Early Music Project
Austin, TX
Organizer: Meredith Ruduski
20 for 20: TEMP's 20th Anniversary Season Fundraiser (Texas Early Music Project)
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The Story

Yes, we're almost legal! TEMP is turning 20 years old and we are celebrating with a very important fundraiser. 

We need to raise $20,000 to help fund TEMP's special 20th Anniversary season. This is a special, unique series of concerts which will bring our ensemble to a new level of excellence and help engage even more fans in the greater Austin area!

Help us make our 20th Anniversary season a success by giving to our cause. Together, we can continue to enrich the greater Austin area and beyond with great live music for another 20 years!

More Detail:

In celebration of 20 years performing great music in Austin,  we have a brilliant season lined up of performances from the very beginning of TEMP through the present day. We are inviting our fans to help fund this season so we can have 20 more! Here's what we have lined up for TEMP's 20th Season:

1.  Alegría: The Spanish Renaissance:  Polyphonic sacred music from the cathedrals of 16th-century Spain and popular folk melodies set by the masters create exhilarating, dance-like variations for voices, viols, lutes, sackbut, and more in this treat for the ears and the spirit!  

2.  How to Marry a Millionaire: A fully staged performance of the chamber opera Pimpinone, Telemann's comedic romp in which an ungovernable maid (Austin's Gitanjali Mathur) trains a cunning eye on a hapless gentleman of means (NY’s Peter Walker).  

3.  An Early Christmas: We celebrate the intangible essence of Christmas with solo voices, small chorus, instruments, guest harpists, and guest singer Ryland Angel. 

4.  Celtic Fancies: Music from Ireland & Scotland, c.1500-1800: Scottish ballads are evocative, heartfelt, and often humorous! Even the English held Scottish ballads in high esteem and our own Ben Franklin adored these songs and considered them the height of great art. With guest singer and piper Peter Walker.  

5.  A Symphony of Voices: Choral Masterworks of Tudor England: Saturday, March 30, 2019, 7pm, Redeemer Presbyterian Sunday, March 31, 2019, 3pm, St. Matthew’s Episcopal   Many voices, singing both as individuals and as members of a unit while performing some of the most sublime, moving, and exhilarating music imaginable. This is the world of the Eton Choirbook in England, compiled between c.1490 and c.1510, featuring guest singer Ryland Angel. Instrumental Tudor music with guest violist Mary Springfels completes the acoustical balance. 

6. Mystic, Scientist, Scholar, Nun: Music of Hildegard von Bingen: The beautifully sophisticated and powerful music of the 12th-century German abbess, performed by 20 female singers and accompanied by a small instrumental ensemble of vielles, harp, and psalteries, led by guest Mary Springfels.  


TEMP's Story: 

Our vision is to bring a whole new spin on Austin's reputation as the "live music capital of the world"! We intend to establish Austin as an internationally recognized center of excellence in early music performance.

Created by Director Johnson in 1987 to mentor students and support local professionals in early music performance, TEMP concerts continue to serve in fostering our local classical music talent, with each concert performed in styles authentic to the historical era using re-creations of period instruments.  

Our six concert / 13 performance season, supported by CoA Cultural Arts since 2003, has not only sustained a core of local early music talent, but has also grown a substantial area audience of dedicated fans. Beyond the borders of Austin, we increasingly attract concert audience from across Texas. To further our national/international position, our ambition is to increase our concert budgets to support performances of celebrated and historically important early music repertoire that require bigger, and more expensive, ensembles. 

In 2014, we were able to do this with our La Pellegrina concert, performing the full repertoire for the first time in the U.S. in decades, and producing the first U.S. full concert recording of this monumental 16th century work. With your support, our goal is to produce concerts of this level of renown every season.  

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