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Les Arts Florissants

Les Arts Florissants

8 October, 2016, 7:30pm

SMU Caruth Auditorium


les-artsLes Arts Florissants, composed by Marc Antoine Charpentier in 1685, is being newly staged in full costumes with new choreography by Catherine Turocy for eight dancers and eight singers.

This French masque-like allegory draws on aspects of mythological and natural symbolism familiar to Baroque audiences. The story begins with the Arts of Music, Poetry, Painting and Architecture, shown flourishing under the glorious and peaceful reign of Louis XIV. The warriors dance and the chorus sings until Discord and his dancing furies enter, trying to hold on to war and revolution. How will this struggle end? Come to our performance on the SMU campus, October 8 at 7:30pm to experience the triumph of Art over Discord…or Discord over Art?


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IMG_1306Anna Fredericka Popova, Soprano, is a leading soloist with professional ensembles including the Dallas Bach Society, St.Thomas Church New York, the Orchestra of New Spain, and many more. Ms. Popova has appeared on concert stages around the world, most notably with the Cervantino International Baroque Music Festival in Mexico, the International Renaissance and Baroque Music Festival in Bolivia and the Siglo de Oro Drama Festival in El Paso. Last year she also made her Nashville, TN debut as “Stella” in the new musical Chokin’ Out the Kudzu. Previous credits include the role of “Jupiter” in the New World Premier of Duron’s zarzuela “Las Nuevas Armas de Amor” and “Maddalena” in Handel’s La Resurrezzione. Opening Valentine’s Day 2016 at the City Performance Hall she will portray “Iphigenia” in the Orchestra of New Spain’s production of Nebra’s 1747 zarzuela “Iphigenia en Tracia.” You can also find Ms. Popova singing jazz/blues Friday nights at The Library in the Historic Melrose Hotel and in churches as a liturgical soloist throughout DFW. Anna is the daughter of dramatic soprano and Dallas voice teacher Charlotte Ellsaesser.

hughes-headshot-2Lauded as “a lush, rich baritone” (TheatreBloom) with “a brilliant vocal range,” (DC Metro Theater Arts) Joshua Hughes has performed in opera, operetta, and musical theatre ranging from Gilbert and Sullivan to Rossini to Sondheim. He most recently appeared in Iolanthe (Lord Chancellor) with Young Victorian Theatre Company, Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Ambrogio) with Lyric Opera Baltimore, Ruddigore (Robin) with Victorian Lyric Opera Company, and Così fan tutte (Guglielmo) with Bethesda Summer Music Festival. Peabody Opera credits include Street Scene (Harry Easter), Die Entführung aus dem Serail (Pasha Selim), Hansel and Gretel (Father), Charpentier’s La Descente d’Orphée aux Enfers (Apollon & Titye), and Cendrillon (Premier Ministre & Herald). Other credits include Die ZauberflöteL’Enfant et les SortilègesLa Bohème, and A Little Night Music with Opera in the Ozarks, Gianni Schicchi and Buoso’s Ghost (Marco and Magistrate) with Bay View Music Festival, and Il Barber di Siviglia (Fiorello and Ufficiale) and A Hand of Bridge (David) at Oklahoma City University. Hughes hails from Smithville, MO and recently graduated with a Master of Music in Voice Performance and Pedagogy from the Peabody Conservatory of The Johns Hopkins University where he studied with William Sharp. Hughes received his Bachelor of Music Education from Oklahoma City University where he studied with Jeffrey Picón. Photo: Michael Anderson Photography



kledasIn eighteen DFW‐based years, mezzo Katrina Burggraf‐Kledas has been humbled to sing contemporary to early music with Dallas Bach Society, Orpheus Chamber Singers, Vox Humana, Dallas Symphony, Fort Worth Civic Symphony, Orchestra of New Spain, Denton Bach Society, and DFW’s finest churches.

She lives for the energy of live performance, but has many recordings, including Vox Humana’s “Into the Night”, and multiple Orpheus, New Spain, Incarnation and UNT cooperative releases. Ms. Burggraf‐Kledas, a Colorado native and CSU grad, lives in Arlington with her husband, and has a daughter majoring in dance performance at TWU in Denton, TX.

She balanced her love of performing for the benefit of uplifting and healing the human spirit (both US and abroad) with homeschooling her daughter. Now an empty nester, she expands her horizons. In early 2016, she was honored to record on the soundtrack of the video game “That Dragon, Cancer” (Numinous Games), a true chance to heal with music. She also leads “yoga for musicians” classes for all ages, and is looking forward to many more expansive musical adventures. Photo: Abi Poe

Nick Garza HeadshotNicholas Garza, countertenor, studied at University of Texas at Arlington as a Vocal Performance major with Jing Ling-Tam and David Grogan. Originally from Harlingen, Texas, Nicholas was a four-year Texas All-State Mixed Choir member, an Outstanding Soloist for Texas State Solo Ensemble, and a Competition winner in Classical Voice/Tenor at the 2010 NFAA YoungARTS. He has performed with Mountainside Baroque in Maryland as the Tenor soloist for the Telemann oratorio Der Tod Jesu and also was alto soloist for the Big Moose Bach Festival in New Hampshire. He worked with noted singer and conductor Simon Carrington as a singing fellow at the 2011 and 2012 Norfolk Chamber Music Festival of Yale University. He performs with many professional groups around the Metroplex including the Dallas Bach Society, Orpheus Chamber Singers, Orchestra of New Spain, the Fort Worth Opera Chorus and Christ the King Catholic Church. He has been called a “stand-out soloist” by the Dallas Morning News and has been hailed for his “appealing tenor, sinewy in the lower register, sweetly soft-edged on high.”

new-headshotA native of Vega Baja, Puerto Rico, soprano Camille Ortiz-Lafont is equally at ease on the opera and concert stages, having performed both in the USA and abroad in places like Italy, Spain, Germany, Greece, Ghana, and Mexico. Ms. Ortiz-Lafont is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts at University of North­Texas as a Teaching Fellow under the tutelage of Prof. Molly Fillmore, where she has performed several recitals, has appeared as Antonia in Les contes d’Hoffmann, and was a finalist in the 2015 Concerto Competition. Other roles performed include Violetta, Gilda, Musetta, Lucia in The Rape of Lucretia, Blondchen, Oscar, Fire/Nightingale, Frasquita, Adina, Norina, Zerlina, Susanna, Olympia, and Gretel. During the summer of 2014, Ms. Ortiz-Lafont was seen in her Carnegie Hall debut as the soprano soloist for Dan Forrest’s Requiem for the Living; the soprano soloist in John Rutter’s Mass of the Children under Rutter’s baton and Gilda (cover) in Rigoletto for the Greek Opera Studio with the Festival of the Aegean in Syros, Greece; and Musetta in La bohème as well as art song concerts for the Berlin Opera Studio in Germany. She is the winner of the Gerda Lissner Foundation Encouragement Award (2008) and a finalist in both the Liederkranz competition, lieder division (2009), and the Sergei and Olga Koussevitzky Young Artists Competition (2010). While living in New York City, she performed extensively with the Zipoli Ensemble, given to the performance of the Latin American baroque. This summer Ms. Ortiz­Lafont appeared as Pamina in Die Zauberflöte and Belinda in Dido and Aeneas for the Fillmore Opera Studio. She is a graduate of both Manhattan School of Music (Masters) and Oral Roberts University (Bachelors). Les arts florissants marks her debut with the Dallas Bach Society.

headshot2Rebecca Choate Beasley, soprano, has established herself as a performer of remarkable range and ability, singing opera, oratorio, art song and chamber music. Her opera roles have included Climene in L’Egisto, Zerlina in Don Giovanni, La Statue in Pygmalion, the title role in L’incoronazione di Poppea, Papagena in Die Zauberflöte, and Cloris in Zéphyre with Concert Royal and the New York Baroque Dance Company. A specialist in early music, Rebecca has performed with such groups as Concert Royal, Dallas Bach Society, the Orchestra of New Spain, Catacoustic Consort and Mercury Baroque, and at festivals throughout the United States. As a concert soloist she has performed oratorios under the direction of Helmuth Rilling and Graeme Jenkins, and was invited to perform Jake Heggie’s song cycle The Deepest Desire: Four Meditations on Love as a part of the composer’s residency at the University of North Texas. Her discography includes Lee Johnson’s Every Matter Under Heaven: An American Oratorio performed with the Russian National Orchestra, and Rameau’s Pygmalion with Concert Royal. Rebecca holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in vocal performance from the University of North Texas, and has served on the faculties of Tusculum College and Belmont University.

pg-headshot-2Patrick J. Gnage studied voice at the Eastman School of Music and holds two degrees in Voice Performance and Literature. Mr. Gnage has been featured as soloist in all of the major oratorios of J.S. Bach, as well as the oratorios and choral works of Handel, Monteverdi, Carissimi, Mozart, Vaughan Williams, and Duruflé, performing with such ensembles as The Publick Musick, Orchestra of New Spain, Rochester Bach Festival Chorus, Concert Royale, and the Dallas Bach Society. Having sung the role of La Discorde with Concert Royale and The New York Baroque Dance Company in New York City and at Princeton in 2002, and again in 2004 in Hunter, NY, and in Connecticut and in Dallas, Patrick is happy to reprise the part this evening. Patrick can be heard on recordings released by Naxos American Classics and Sonabilis.

Complete Bach Cello Suites, with Eric Smith, cello

The Complete Cello Suites of Johann Sebastian Bach

Eric Smith11, 12 November, 2016
10, 11 March, 2017
Performed at Private Residences

The concert begins at 8pm; hors d’oeuvres and libations are served at 7pm.

Two evenings with Dallas Bach principal cellist Eric Smith, featuring the complete cycle of the most amazing music for solo cello ever written. This is your chance to experience these glorious works in a chamber setting where every nuance and detail of expression will be enjoyed to the fullest extent. Come to one or both but do not miss this opportunity!

Haydn Symphony Nos. 6, 7, 8

Franz Josef Haydn: Symphony Nos. 6, 7, 8: “Le Matin”, “Le Midi”, “Le Soir”

3 December, 2016, 7:30pm

Church of the Incarnation

joseph-haydn-002Dallas Bach goes classical with performances of Haydn’s first great symphonic set, performed as they were first heard in Esterházy where he was music director. As we are giving our German Baroque Christmas program a year off after last year’s amazing concert, we will offer our annual caroling in German after this concert. Tickets

Handel’s Messiah

Handel’s Messiah

19 December, 2016, 7:30pm
Meyerson Symphony Center

weihnachtsmarkt-leipzig“The best Messiah I’ve ever heard in person” (Scott Cantrell, Dallas Morning News) – our annual celebration of Handel’s immortal masterwork, complete, featuring the Dallas Bach.

Orchestra and Chorus, with soloists Ava Pine, Soprano, Derek Chester, Tenor, and David Grogan, Bass, and introducing brilliant young Alto Kathryne Overturf. The Dallas Bach Orchestra and Chorus are led from the harpsichord by Artistic Director James Richman.


Annual Messiah Sing-Along

Annual Messiah Sing-Along

20 December, 2016, 7:30pm
Church of the Incarnation

singalongJoin in the chorus as the Dallas Bach Orchestra and soloists from our Meyerson performance accompany YOU in our lively and popular evening of singing enjoyment. We also offer the Novello edition of the Messiah score for purchase; we’ll hold the score for you at Will Call or mail it to you!


The Four Seasons on New Year’s Eve

Cantata 80 Ein feste Burg (A Mighty Fortress is our God) and The Four Seasons on New Year’s Eve

31 December, 2016 6pm (Please note new starting time!)
Church of the Incarnation

2013-10-19-at-20-32-41-_mgm7285-image-022292-version-2Dallas Bach Orchestra and Chorus rings in the New Year and the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s Reformation with Bach’s last cantata, on Luther’s famous tune, along with a virtuoso performance of Antonio Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons by our concertmaster Clare Cason. A Blockbuster Celebration, with a New Year’s Eve reception included in the ticket price!


An Evening with Drew Minter

An Evening with Drew Minter

27/28 January, 2017
Performed at Private Residences

The concert begins at 8pm; hors d’oeuvres and libations are served at 7pm.

minterIn association with the Dallas Goethe Center, Drew Minter rejoins the Dallas Bach Society in an evening featuring German favorites from the Minnesingers to the Baroque. Seats are of course limited – subscribe now to guarantee your chance to appreciate the artistry of Mr. Minter under ideal circumstances!

“Repertorio Español” with Nell Snaidas

Repertorio Español with Nell Snaidas

10/11 February, 2017, 7:30pm
The Meadows Museum at SMU

nellsnaidasSoprano Nell Snaidas was awarded “Best Classical of the Year” by Theater Jones following her brilliant House Concert in 2015, and we agree! We are bringing her to the seat of Spanish Art in Dallas, the Meadows Museum, for masterpieces of the Baroque and Renaissance befitting the magnificent art that will surround us. With Baroque Guitar and Lute and chamber ensemble.


Buxtehude’s Membra Jesu Nostri

Passion Concert: Bach’s Cantata 4, Christ lag in Todesbanden, and the first Lutheran oratorio, Dietrich Buxtehude’s Membra Jesu Nostri

1 April, 2017, 7:30pm
Zion Lutheran Church

alonso_cano_-_saint_john_the_evangelists_vision_of_jerusalem_detail_-_wga04004We offer Bach’s very first cantata, also on a song by Martin Luther, to continue our celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, along with a most beautiful and historically significant piece by Buxtehude. For Bach, this composer was paramount – he walked 200 miles each way to experience Buxtehude’s music at the cathedral in Lübeck and overstayed his leave to soak up more of the master’s knowledge and genius.


Purcell’s The Fairy Queen

A very special event: Henry Purcell’s The Fairy Queen

12/13 May, 2017, 7:30pm
Private Residence

fairyqueen_the_quarrel_of_oberon_and_titania_-_google_art_project_2A site-specific staging of Purcell’s magical music for A Midsummer Night’s Dream in a brand-new al fresco setting worthy of the delightful comedy. Catherine Turocy brings her Hawaii Performing Arts Festival creation and her dancers for a once-in-a-lifetime production with the Dallas Bach soloists and players where you the audience will sit in a terrace garden setting as the performance goes on around you! Preference for The Fairy Queen goes to season subscribers.


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