Beethoven's Septet: Season Finale
La Speranza is closing out our second season with a rarely-performed gem: Beethoven's Septet, Op. 20 on period instruments.
Paired with Haydn's "Sunrise" Quartet (Op. 76 no. 4 in B flat major), the Septet will be performed in the beautiful sanctuary at St. Mark's Houston in the Houston's Bellaire neighborhood.
Here's where your financial contributions will be used:
$4,300 --- Musician Fees
Most of your donations will go towards making sure the eight musicians on this program are paid for their time and expertise. Being a HIPP professional musician takes thousands of hours of practice and thousands of dollars spent toward education and instrument-related costs. Our mindset that HIPP professional musicians shouldn't be expected to play for free has garnered respect for our musicians and organization, even at such a young stage in our development.
$600 --- Travel Stipends
La Speranza is extremely budget-conscious, which means we use mostly local HIPP musicians for all of our performances. However, for Beethoven's Septet, we have three musicians (the clarinetist, hornist, and bassoonist) coming from out of town to whom we provide stipends to help them with their airfare.
$100 --- Program Printing
We make sure to include well-written, thoughtful program notes written by members of our ensemble that any audience member will enjoy reading.
Marketing costs and venue rental fees will be covered by ticket sales from previous concerts. Hotels for our three out-of-town musicians will be covered with in-kind donations.
La Speranza is using historically informed performance to change Houston and the world. In a field that internationally lacks ethnic and gender diversity, La Speranza is run by an African American female and the personnel for this upcoming Beethoven concert represents a wide range of ethnicities, including Syrian and Iranian. We love to inspire and encourage others that HIPP is truly for everyone! La Speranza brings music to those who are hospitalized or otherwise would not be able to attend a performance in a concert hall. We regularly perform in the lobby of Houston’s Methodist Hospital in their Crain Garden Series and we visit patients at Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center in a program we started called Sonorous Sojourns. We also emphasize human relationships and connections in all of our concert programs, encouraging our audience members to cultivate similar relationships in their own lives.
Thank you in advance for your generosity!