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“Le Mozart Noir: the Untold Story”

Friday, February 26, 2016 8pm and Saturday February 27 2016 8pm – Montgomery Arts Theater – Booker T Washington High School – 2501 Flora Street, Dallas TX 75201

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Le Mozart Noir, adored by women, was a consumate musician and conductor, master swordsman, and fighter during the French Revolution

A special evening on the life and times of the illustrious Joseph Boulogne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges, son of a French planter of the lesser nobility in the Caribbean and a woman of African heritage. The story of the improbable rise of this amazing man to prominence as one of the most important violinists and conductors in 18th-century Paris will be told in this multimedia evening featuring a new ballet by Valerie Shelton Tabor of Contemporary Ballet Dallas, with period social dance by Baroque choreographer Catherine Turocy and Haitian dance expert Marcea Daiter. Prominent of course will be lots of intriguing music by the Chevalier, also one of the great swordsmen of the time, who conducted the premieres of Franz Josef Haydn’s Paris Symphonies with his Orchestre de la Loge Olympique, which commissioned them, with the Chevalier contracting with Haydn on behalf of the Count d’Ogny. This unique evening, funded by a grant from the Donna Wilhelm Family Fund of TACA, will be given in cooperation with the Booker T. Washington School for the Arts, in their fabulous Montgomery Arts Theater.

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Ticket pricing:

Premium Seating (Assigned Seating) – $50.00
General Admission (Open seating – “First come First Serve” – $30.00
Senior/Student/Military General Admission pricing – $25.00

 

 

 

 

Bach’s St. John Passion

Dedicated to Early Music Month

Saturday, March 19 2016 8pm – Church of the Incarnation – 3966 McKinney Ave Dallas TX 75204

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Bach’s dramatic setting of the Passion of Christ, complete, featuring Dann Coakwell in the role of the Evangelist and David Grogan as Christus, along with the Dallas Bach choir, soloists, and orchestra. Although not as grand as the Saint Matthew Passion, this amazingly theatrical work gives the lie to the idea that Bach was not an operatic composer. The action sizzles as the story of the Passion unfolds!

 

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Dann CoakwellDann Coakwell, tenor, has performed as a soloist internationally and nationally under such acclaimed conductors as Helmuth Rilling, Masaaki Suzuki, William Christie, Nicholas McGegan, Matthew Halls, and Craig Hella Johnson. He can be heard as a soloist on the Grammy-winning Conspirare: The Sacred Spirit of Russia, 2014 (Harmonia Mundi) and Grammy-nominated Conspirare: A Company of Voices, 2009. He has performed multiple times in New York’s Carnegie Hall, and made his Lincoln Center New York solo debuts at both Alice Tully Hall and Avery Fisher Hall to critical acclaim in 2014. He has appeared as a soloist with organizations such as Internationale Bachakademie Stuttgart in Germany, Bach Collegium Japan, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra in San Francisco, Oregon Bach Festival, and Conspirare, and has shared the stage with such celebrated soloists as Thomas Quasthoff, Rufus Müller, and Robin Blaze.

Specializing in the Evangelist and tenor roles of J.S. Bach, Coakwell has performed numerous productions of all of Bach’s major oratorios — St. Matthew Passion, St. John Passion, Christmas Oratorio, and Mass in B Minor — as well as many of Bach’s cantatas. An enthusiast of Benjamin Britten, He has appeared in multiple productions of Britten’s Canticles, Serenade for Tenor, Horn, and Strings, and St. Nicolas. Among the most prominent solo and titular roles of other frequently performed composers include: Handel’s Samson, Judas Maccabaeus, Israel in Egypt, Alexander’s Feast, and Messiah; Haydn’s Creation; Mozart Requiem and Mass in c (Levin and Süssmayr completions); Medelssohn’s Elijah; and Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis. He serves as instructor of voice at Yale University, and he holds an Artist Diploma in Vocal Performance from Yale University and the Yale Institute of Sacred Music, an M.Mus. from Texas Tech University, and a B.Mus. from the University of Texas at Austin.

Handel’s Acis and Galatea

Sunday, April 3 2016 3PM – SMU Meadow School of the Arts, Caruth Auditorium – 6101 Bishop, Dallas TX 75205

Arcadia_-_Painting_by_MarkóThe 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.

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About the Artists:

Beasley, Rebecca-Headshot-2Soprano 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.

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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.

GroganBass 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.

 

Ticket pricing:

Premium Seating (Assigned Seating) – $50.00
General Admission (Open seating – “First come First Serve” – $30.00
Senior/Student/Military General Admission pricing – $25.00

 

J.S. Bach: The Goldberg Variations with James Richman House Concert

Friday, May 6 2016 8pm – Flower Mound (Casa-M) & Saturday, May 7 2016 8pm – (Private residence in central Dallas)

Golberg Aria Anna Magdalena Notebook 1725The “Goldberg” Variations – Bach’s greatest single harpsichord work, which raised the standard of the theme and variations form forever, is performed by Artistic Director James Richman on the harpsichord with two keyboards specified by the composer.

The Goldberg Variations, BWV 988, is a work written for harpsichord by Johann Sebastian Bach, consisting of an aria and a set of 30 variations. First published in 1741, the work is considered to be one of the most important examples of variation form. The Variations are named after Johann Gottlieb Goldberg, who may have been the first performer.

Experience what Theater Jones called the “Royal Treatment” of the Dallas Bach Society House Concert series, with exquisite music and gracious hospitality to be enjoyed up close and personal – just as in the great salons. Available as a stand–alone subscription, or add–on to your traditional concert series season subscription.  Food, adult beverages, valet parking all included with these concerts in addition to the great music!

Seating is limited to 50 people at the Flower Mound concert and 45 at the Dallas concert.

Subscription price is $75 each.
Regular stand-alone price $100.00 each

Richman head shotJames Richman, Artistic Director of the Dallas Bach Society, is a prominent harpsichordist and fortepianist, as well as one of today’s leading conductors of Baroque music and opera. The first musician since Leonard Bernstein to graduate Harvard, Juilliard, and the Curtis Institute of Music, James Richman studied conducting with Max Rudolf and Herbert Blomstedt, piano with Rosina Lhevinne and Mieczyslaw Horszowski, and harpsichord with Albert Fuller and Kenneth Gilbert. He holds a degree in the History of Science magna cum laude from Harvard College. A recipient of the prestigious United States-France Exchange Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, he was made a chevalier in the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government in 1995, in recognition of his contributions to the field of music. James Richman has been a prizewinner in four international competitions for early keyboard instruments, including first prize in the Bodky Competition of the Cambridge Society of Early Music, laureate of the Bruges Harpsichord Competition and bronze medal in the Paris Harpsichord Competition of the Festival Estival and in the First International Fortepiano Competition (Paris). In appearances at the Mostly Mozart Festival, the Spoleto Festival USA, the E. Nakamichi Baroque Festival, the Boston Early Music Festival, as well as in regular series in New York, he has organized and conducted revivals of stage works by Handel, Gluck, Purcell, J.C. Bach, Monteverdi, and seven operas of Jean-Philippe Rameau. He has recorded for Nonesuch, Newport Classic, Centaur, Vox and New World records, and his live performance of Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto #6 is featured on National Public Radio’s Bach CD, along with recordings of James Galway, Yo- YoMaandChristopherHogwood. HeisalsoArtisticDirectorofNewYork’sConcert Royal ensemble, which appears annually with the Choir of Men and Boys at Saint Thomas Church on Fifth Avenue in the performances of Messiah and the great works of Bach and Purcell.

Ticket pricing:

Subscription price is $75 each.
Regular stand-alone price $100.00 each

Address, Directions and Menus are sent to all registered ticket holders 2 weeks prior to the concert, either via Email or USPS.

 

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