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  1. 15 Nov
    Tue / 2011
    If you enjoy an ice cream cone now and again (and we hope that you do), you might be interested to learn that ice cream was a favored dessert in European circles as early as the seventeenth century. As part of our exhibition English Taste, Rienzi has on view a series of porcelain objects from eighteenth-century dessert services, two of which were made specifically for ice cream.  If the thought of 300 year old ice cream...

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  2. 14 Nov
    Mon / 2011
    If you have visited Rienzi to see English Taste: The Art of Dining in the Eighteenth Century, you have probably noticed a dish on the table vaguely resembling green beans. Rienzi’s docents often receive the question, “what’s that?” accompanied by an index finger aimed at the mass of unfamiliar green vegetation. The answer to the common query is samphire. What, you might ask, is samphire? Samphire, officially Crithmum maritimum but also known as crest...

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  3. 07 Nov
    Mon / 2011
    This month we have been reading the third book in Rienzi and Bayou Bend’s History Reading Series, Taste: The Story of Britain Through Its Cooking by Kate Colquhoun. We thought it would be appropriate to have a British culinary-themed text to celebrate Rienzi’s current exhibition, English Taste. This book provides some supplementary information on some of Mrs. Rafflad’s dishes that grace Rienzi’s Dining Room table, including dishes that are the most puzzling...

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  4. 24 Oct
    Mon / 2011
    On Sunday afternoon, four members of the Houston Grand Opera Orchestra- Timothy Hester,(Fortepiano), Oleg Sulyga (Violin), Rene Salazar (Viola), and Barrett Sills (Cello)- will perform Mozart’s Piano Quartets in Rienzi’s Gallery Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is probably one of the most well known Classical music composers. Born in 1856 to Leopold and Anna Maria Pertl Mozart, young Wolfgang was taught violin and keyboard by his father, a composer and music teacher. An...

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  5. 06 Oct
    Thu / 2011
    On Sunday, October 16th, Early Music Southwest, an international collaboration of baroque musicians, will open their Rienzi recital series with “Schubertiade.” This performance will highlight the Austrian composer Franz Schubert’s famous song cycle Die schöne Müllerin. Die schöne Müllerin is based on Shöne Müllerin, a lyric sequence written by one of Schubert’s contemporaries, the German poet Wilhlem Müller. In 1820, the 23 poems that form Shöne Müllerin were published in Müller’s Sixty-Seven Poems from the Papers...

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