Sunday, April 3 2016 3PM – SMU Meadow School of the Arts, Caruth Auditorium – 6101 Bishop, Dallas TX 75205
The final concert of the Traditional Concert Series showcases an early work of Handel from his time at Cannons, whose popularity in both his era and our own has proved to be most enduring. This delightful masque will be given in its original concert form with tenor Scot Cameron as Acis, soprano Rebecca Choate Beasley as Galatea, and bass David Grogan as the blustery villain Polyphemus.
Acis and Galatea was the pinnacle of pastoral opera in England. Indeed several writers, such as musicologist Stanley Sadie, consider it the greatest pastoral opera ever composed. As is typical of the genre, Acis and Galatea was written as a courtly entertainment about the simplicity of rural life and contains a significant amount of wit and self-parody. The secondary characters, Polyphemus and Damon, provide a significant amount of humor without diminishing the pathos of the tragedy of the primary characters, Acis and Galatea. The music of the first act is both elegant and sensual, while the final act takes on a more melancholy and plaintive tone. The opera was significantly influenced by the pastoral operas presented at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane during the early 18th century. Reinhard Keiser and Henry Purcell also served as influences, but overall the conception and execution of the work is wholly individual to Handel.
About the Artists:
Soprano Rebecca Choate Beasley 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 performJake 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.
Scot R. Cameron uses his unique talent to bring a message of hope and encouragement to a hurting world. His lyrical, yet powerful delivery of inspired songs focuses on lifting praise and adoration to God Almighty, encouraging the saints who seek strength for the journey, and presenting the message of salvation to non-believers. Scot holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Vocal Performance and Sacred Music from Appalachian State University in his hometown of Boone, North Carolina, and a Master of Arts degree in Music from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. He entered full time music evangelism in 1995. Scot’s musical gifts extend far beyond the reach of his contemporary styling. Classical influences have also shaped Scot’s evangelical singing and diversified his ministry potential. Scot travels across the United States and abroad as a classical concert artist. He has performed on numerous occasions with the Southwestern Baptist Theological Oratorio Chorus as well as with the Fort Worth Chamber Orchestra and Symphony.
Bass David Grogan has performed extensively throughout the southwest, pleasing audiences and critics alike. The Dallas Morning News hailed Dr. Grogan as the “perfect Christus” after a performance of the St. Matthew Passion with the Dallas Bach Society. The Albuquerque Tribune, in reference to a performance of Messiah with the New Mexico Symphony, said, “David Grogan had all the range and power required of the part, sounding like the voice of doom in The people that walked in darkness and the light of revelation in The trumpet shall sound. A performance of Elijah had critics praising his ability to “move easily from stentorian declamation to lyrical aria.” Another critic said that he “brought an impressive vocal power to the lead role of Elijah, and his rich emotive gift ‘set the level for the other chief performers.” The Dallas Morning News said “his meaty bass shook the heavens and the earth and sounded the trumpet with imposing conviction.” He has performed as a soloist with Dallas-Fort Worth area arts groups such as the Fort Worth Symphony, Dallas Bach Society, Plano Civic Chorus, Texas Baroque Ensemble, Orpheus Chamber Singers, Texas Camerata, Fort Worth Baroque Society, and several Texas universities. Recent performances include the Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass with the Highland Park Chorale, Bach’s Ich will den Kreuzstab gerne tragen at the Big Moose Bach Fest in Gorham, New Hampshire, and in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony at Bass Hall in Ft. Worth, TX. David Grogan is an assistant professor of music at the University of Texas at Arlington and lives with his wife Kimberly and children Aaron and Katheryn.
Premium Seating (Assigned Seating) – $50.00
General Admission (Open seating – “First come First Serve” – $30.00
Senior/Student/Military General Admission pricing – $25.00