2015-16 Season

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Ava Pine House Concert

Friday, October 23, 2015 at 8PM in Flower Mound (Casa-M) Saturday, October 24, 2015 at 8PM (Private residence in central Dallas)

 

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World renowned Soprano, Ava Pine joins the Dallas Bach Society again this year in preforming for the first House Concert of the season.
Don’t miss this wonderful event!

Soprano Ava Pine, a native of Texas, continues to dazzle audiences and critics with her rewarding vocalism and compelling commitment to character, creating vivid and captivating portraits on stage. Equally at home with opera, oratorio or recital, and accomplished in works ranging from baroque to contemporary, Ava brings great vocal and dramatic range to her work, as Opera News writes: “Ava Pine…all but stole the show. By turns seductive, determined, wounded and moved, she sailed sweetly through a vast range of pitches.”

During the 2013-2014 season, Ava returned to Florentine Opera as Cleopatra in Handel’s Giulio Cesare, to Fort Worth Opera as Anna Sørensen in Puts’ Silent Night, and debuted with Kentucky Opera as Gounod’s Juliette and Tulsa Opera as Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro. On the concert stage, she joined the San Luis Obispo Symphony for Golijov’s Three Songs for Soprano and Orchestra, returned to the Dallas Symphony Orchestra for their annual Christmas Celebration, as well as Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra for Mendelssohn’s Elijah.

Recognized for her commitment to contemporary opera, Ava made her European debut with the BBC Symphony Orchestra as The Angel in the United Kingdom premiere of Angels in America, a role she first debuted with Fort Worth Opera. Ava spent two seasons with the Dallas Opera as the company’s first young artist in residence, and enjoys a strong relationship with the company, performing Juliette in matinees of Roméo et Juliette, Adele in Die Fledermaus, Elvira in L’italiana in Algeri, Lady in Waiting in Macbeth, Zozo in The Merry Widow, and Yvette in La rondine.

A frequent collaborator with early music ensembles, Ava has performed with Boston Baroque in semi-staged productions of Xerxes, singing Romilda, and Amadigi di Gaula, singing Melissa. Other performances include the title role in Handel’s Theodora with UNT Baroque Collegium; Bellezza in Handel’s Il trionfo del tempo and Cleopatra in Hasse’s Marc’Antonio e Cleopatra, Angelo in Handel’s La resurrezione with Ars Lyrica, and La Musique in Les Arts Florissants with Concert Royal in New York.

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 each concert.

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.

“A Tale of Two Cities: Baroque Music in Paris & London”

November 14, 2015 3PM – SMU Meadow School of the Arts, Caruth Auditorium – 6101 Bishop, Dallas TX 75205

 

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Join the Dallas Bach Society in the first Traditional Concert of the season with the best chamber music of Handel, Purcell, Couperin, Rameau and friends, along with a little Baroque Dance, in conjunction with New York Baroque Dance company.

 

 

 

 

 

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

Handel’s Messiah

Wednesday, December 9, 2015 at 7PM – Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center – 2301 Flora, Dallas TX 75201

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Our annual performance of Handel’s most popular masterpiece, complete, at the Meyerson Symphony Center, with soloists including Anna Fredericka Popova, Soprano, Nicholas Garza, Countertenor, and Curtis Streetman, Bass.

AnnaPopov HeadshotSoprano Anna Fredericka Popova is the daughter of Dramatic Soprano and Teacher, Charlotte Ellsaesser. Ms. Popova is a leading soloist with ensembles including the Dallas Bach Society, the Orchestra of New Spain, St. Thomas 5th Ave, the Arts District Chorale and many more. Last December she made her New York debut singing Messiah with the St. Thomas Men & Boys Choir and the Concert Royal as well as her Nashville debut as Stella in the brand new musical Chokin’ Out The Kudzu. Former credits include Jupiter in the New World Premier of baroque opera Las Nuevas Armas de Amor with the Orchestra of New Spain which was featured in Early Music America Magazine and Maddalena in Handel’s La Resurrezzione with the Dallas Bach Society. Ms. Popova has appeared on concert stages around the world – most notably the Cervantino International Baroque Music Festival in Mexico and the International Renaissance and Baroque Music Festival in Bolivia.

 

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.”

Ticket pricing:

Loge Box Seats – $100.00
Premium Seating  – $50.00
General Admission pricing  – $30.00
Senior/Student/Military discounted pricing – $25.00
Grand Tier General Admission – $10.00

Please note that all seating at the Meyerson is assigned.

 

Annual Messiah Sing-along

Friday, December 11, 2015 8PM – Church of the Incarnation – 3966 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX

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The annual family-oriented sing-along event where the audience is the chorus in this Dallas Bach Society holiday tradition.  Everyone is welcome even if you don’t want to sing.  It’s great fun and one of the most popular concerts in the series.  For those serious singers, the General Admission area will be split in SATB (Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass) seating the evening of the concert and those of you who want to sit together, the assigned Premium Seating is the way to go.

Need a Sing-along Book?
We have those for sale at $15 each both online and the evening of the concert.

 

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

“Sleepers, Awaken!” German Baroque Christmas

Saturday, December 19, 2015 8PM – Church of the Incarnation – 3966 Mckinney Ave, Dallas TX

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Our celebration for 2015 features Advent music, starting with J.S. Bach’s Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme (Sleepers, Awake!)
Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme (Awake, calls the voice to us), BWV 140, also known as Sleepers Wake, is a church cantata by Johann Sebastian Bach. He composed the chorale cantata in Leipzig for the 27th Sunday after Trinity and first performed it on 25 November, 1731. It is based on the hymn “Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme” (1599) by Philipp Nicolai. Movement 4 of the cantata is the base for the first of Bach’s Schübler Chorales, BWV 645. The cantata is a late addition to Bach’s cycle of chorale cantatas, featuring additional poetry for two duets of Jesus and the Soul which expand the theme of the hymn.

 

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 Favorites on New Year’s Eve

Thursday, December 31, 2015 7PM – Church of the Incarnation – 3966 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX

 

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Join the Bach Society Orchestra and Chorus for an evening of Bach Favorites for orchestra and chorus, featuring the Second Suite for Flute and Strings with soloist Tamara Meredith.

 

 

 

Tamera Meredith SABOTamara Meredith’s dual roles as musician and educational technologist keep her active nationally as a performer, presenter, and scholar. In the early music realm, Ms. Meredith is principal flutist and frequent soloist with the Dallas Bach Society Orchestra and Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado as well as section violist with both ensembles. She can be heard on the recordings Own the Pow’r of Harmony! with mezzo-soprano Jennifer Lane and Cornucopia with the Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado, and has performed with Apollo’s Fire, Concert Royal, and at both the Boston and Berkeley Early Music Festivals. In the “modern” symphony orchestra realm, Ms. Meredith is a violist with the Cheyenne and Wyoming Symphony Orchestras and substitutes regularly with regional orchestras as a flutist. She has taught graduate research and music history/historical performance courses for the University of Wyoming, and is a frequent speaker and clinician on historical performance topics in the Rocky Mountain Region.

Ms. Meredith holds degrees from Indiana University’s Early Music Institute, the University of North Texas, and Central Washington University. She studied flauto traverso with Jed Wentz, Janet See, and Eva Legene, and baroque violin/ viola with Stanley Richie and Cynthia Roberts. Currently completing a Ph.D. in Learning Technologies at the University of North Texas, Ms. Meredith spends much of her time outside of rehearsal researching methods for best practices in technology integration for faculty development and classroom implementations. She lives in Laramie, WY, (7,200’ elev.) with her husband and daughter and enjoys performing in warm locations near sea level!

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

 

“Le Mozart Noir”

Friday, January 29, 2016 8pm and Saturday January 30 2016 8pm – Dallas City Performance Hall – 2520 Flora Street, Dallas TX 75201

Joseph BoulogneA new creation about the life and times of Joseph Boulogne, the Chevalier de Saint-George, who rose from obscurity on the island of Guadaloupe to become one of the most important violinist and conductor in 18th-century Paris, commissioning the Paris Symphonies of Joseph Haydn. With Baroque and newly-composed music new ballets and Baroque and Haitian dance. Sponsored by the Donna Wilhelm Family Fund of TACA.

 

 

 

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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

 

 

 

House Concert with Brent Wissick and Eric Smith – viola da gamba in recital

Friday, February 19 2016 at 8pm – Flower Mound (Casa-M) and Saturday, February 20 2016 at 8pm  – (Private Home in central Dallas)

 

A reprise of one our most successful House Concerts ever brings the popular Maestro Wissick back to Dallas in an concert featuring viol solos and duets by the greatest European masters.

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 people at the.

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.

Brent Wissick

Brent Wissick

Brent Wissick is the Zachary Taylor Smith Distinguished Professor of Music at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he teaches cello, viola da gamba and early music ensembles.  A member of Ensemble Chanterelle and the Atlanta Baroque Orchestra, he is a frequent guest with American Bach Soloists, the Folger Consort, Concert Royal, Smithsonian Chamber Players, Boston Early Music Festival, Vancouver Early Music Festival and Dallas Bach Society, as well as the Collegio di Musica Sacra in Poland. He has been a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow at Harvard, has taught at the Aston Magna Academy at Yale, and has served as chair of Higher Education for Early Music America. A former student of John Hsu at Cornell University, he has performed and taught at many of the important schools, workshops and festivals in North America, Australia, Europe and Asia. His recording of Sonatas and Cantatas by Bononcini was released by Centaur, and his online video article about them has been published by the Journal of Seventeenth-Century Music. He has also recorded for Albany, Titanic, Dux, Radio-Bremen, and Koch International.  Currently, he is Past President of the Viola Gamba Society of America, having served as President from 2000 through 2004, chair of the 2007 Pan-Pacific Gamba Gathering, and as a board member since 1986

 

Eric Smith

Eric Smith

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, Ensemble VIII, Denton Bach Society and the Denton Bach Players, Dallas Chamber Players, Bach Society of Houston, Mountainside Baroque, New York’s Concert Royal, New York Baroque Dance Company, Rumbarrocco, and the Orpheus Chamber Singers.

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, American Renaissance and Baroque Music Festival (Bolivia), Cervantino Festival (Mexico), Les Nuits Baroques (France), and was an 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. He has been featured in performances for the Lake Lewisville International Chamber Music Series, the Bechstein Hall Chamber Series in Little Rock, Arkansas, and has performed at the Austrian Cultural Forum in New York under the auspices of the Schoenberg family. His recordings have been heard on both NPR’s Performance Today, and Public Radio International.

An avid educator, Eric serves on the faculty for the Dallas Summer String Camp and the Dallas Symphony Young Strings Program, as well as presenting master classes and clinics throughout Texas. As a guest artist, he has coached students at the University of Texas at Austin, University of Texas at Arlington, and the University of North Texas, as well as presenting clinics on performance practice for the TMEA (Texas Music Educators Association) High School and Middle School Honor Orchestras.

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 where he studied baroque cello with Phoebe Carrai, and has studied viola da gamba with Mary Springfels.

 

Bach’s St. John Passion

Saturday, March 19 2016 7pm – Church of the Incarnation – 3966 McKinney Ave Dallas TX 75204

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Bach’s most dramatic setting of the Passion of Christ, complete, featuring Dann Coakwell in the role of the Evangelist, along with DBS choir, soloists, and orchestra.

 

 

 

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 & Galatea

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

 

hqdefaultThe delightful masque, one of Handel’s most successful pieces with audiences in the 18th century and the present day, is given in concert format at SMU’s Caruth Auditorium.

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.

 

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, April 29 2016 8pm – Flower Mound (Casa-M) & Saturday, April 30 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:

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

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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