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Complete Bach Cello Suites, with Eric Smith, cello

The Complete Cello Suites of Johann Sebastian Bach

Eric Smith10, 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!




About the Artist:  

Praised by critics for his “flawless lightness and grace”, cellist Eric Smith has been called “the very model of an elegant cellist” (Dallas Morning News).  Eric has made himself known throughout the U.S. and abroad as a multi-faceted musician performing styles from early music on period instruments, to contemporary music.  As a soloist, chamber musician, and continuo player, Eric collaborates with ensembles including the Dallas Bach Society, Orchestra of New Spain, Texas Camerata, Ars Lyrica Houston, Sonare, Ensemble VIII, Denton Bach Society, Dallas Chamber Players, Bach Society of Houston, Mountainside Baroque, New York’s Concert Royal, and the New York Baroque Dance Company, in addition to many others.

Eric has appeared as a guest artist and recitalist at festivals including the Boston Early Music Festival, Hawaii Performing Arts Festival, Crested Butte Music Festival, Misiones de Chiquitos Festival (Bolivia), Cervantino Festival (Mexico), Les Nuits Baroques (France), and was artist-in-residence for two seasons at the Strings in the Mountains Music Festival in Colorado, as cellist of the Amir Quartet.  In addition to concertizing with Quartet Galant, a period instrument string quartet, Eric has performed chamber music with such notable artists as violinist Andres Cardenes, violist Yizhak Schotten, the Miami String Quartet, as well as principal players of the New York Philharmonic, and the Pittsburgh and Detroit Symphonies. His recordings have been heard on both NPR’s Performance Today, and Public Radio International, and he was featured in an interview in the 125th Anniversary issue of The Strad magazine.

Eric, an avid educator, is a frequent clinician and teacher throughout Texas, presenting master classes and clinics on modern and historical cellos, early music, chamber music, and viola da gamba.  He is on the faculty of the Bass and Cello Conservatory of Dallas, Dallas ISD Summer String Camp, and the Dallas Symphony Young Strings, as well as serving as Director of Education and Outreach for the Dallas Bach Society.  He has been a guest recitalist and clinician at the University of North Texas, University of Texas at Austin, University of Texas at Arlington, Texas Women’s University, and the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival.

Eric attended the University of North Texas studying cello under the tutelage of Eugene Osadchy and early music with lutenist Lyle Nordstrom, where he was honored as a Winspear scholar.  Eric also attended the International Baroque Institute at the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he studied baroque cello with Phoebe Carrai.  Eric performs on a rare instrument made in 1751 by Leonhardt Maussiell of Nuremberg, Germany.

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.