• Beethoven's Septet: Season Finale

    Created by: La Speranza

Beethoven's Septet: Season Finale

Created by : La Speranza

Project end date
Friday, May 25, 2018 - 23:45
La Speranza
Performing Arts

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!

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Project rewards

Thank you for your contribution! You will be listed as a season donor in our concert program.

We'll send you La Speranza stickers! These five (5) stickers are a great addition to your computer, car, instrument case, or desk. You can proudly represent La Speranza wherever you are!

You'll get to sit in via livestream on one hour of one of our rehearsals. Type in questions that we'll answer throughout the hour and get a behind-the-scenes look at how we prepare for each concert. Only 20 spots available, so act quickly!

You've paid the fees for one of the musicians in the concert! A La Speranza musician will play a short 30-minute selection of solo music from the Baroque era in your home while you and your family dine or relax. We all know music aids digestion, and listening to live music is a great way to unwind after a long day. For those who don't live in Houston, FaceTime or Skype serenades are available! Only 5 of these unique gifts available.

Your incredible donation has paid for the fees for TWO musicians. Join the musicians of La Speranza and their families for dinner one evening leading up to the concert. You and a friend will get a chance to see what it's like being a part of such a closely knit ensemble. Only 3 of these special dinners are available!

You have covered the fees for FOUR musicians with your amazingly generous gift. You'll receive a private demonstration for your friends and family of the violin, clarinet, horn, and bassoon that you'll hear at the concert in your very own home. Learn how these instruments are close to what would have been used back when Beethoven's Septet was premiered. These instruments are probably like nothing you've ever seen or heard! Our clarinetist, Thomas Carroll, also built the instrument he'll be using. You won't want to miss this special opportunity! Hurry- there are only two of these demonstrations available.

You've paid for the fees for all EIGHT musicians! Thank you for your truly inspiring gift! This reward ships ANYWHERE in the United States! We'll give a concert in your home of a configuration of 2-4 instruments* upon which you and La Speranza agree. Only ONE concert available, so act quickly!