We are happy to announce our 2016-17 season Musical Awakenings, replete with seminal masterpieces from all aspects of Baroque and Classic music.
New Year’s Eve will introduce the 500th anniversary year of Martin Luther’s Reformation with Bach’s last cantata, Ein feste Burg – A Mighty Fortress is our God – paired with Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, to get 2017 off to a great start! Other season highlights include an early December evening of Haydn’s first set of Symphonies as heard in Esterhazy; a Passiontide concert with Bach’s very first cantata, Christ lag in Todesbanden, also by Luther, paired with the first Lutheran oratorio, Dietrich Buxtehude’s Membra Jesu Nostri; and in May, a fully staged outdoor performance of Henry Purcell’s Fairy Queen at Casa M.
We will open on October 8th with Les Arts Florissants of Charpentier, a chamber opera written in 1685 to honor the return of peace to Europe (probably referring to the defeat of the Turks at the Gates of Vienna in 1683). This charming and profound work celebrates the return of the Arts (Music, Poetry, Painting, Architecture) flourishing under the reign of Peace, who has triumphed over Discord, through the efforts of the Sun King, Louis XIV.
This celestial allegory will be brought to life by Catherine Turocy and her New York Baroque Dance Company with the Dallas Bach soloists and instrumental ensemble.
Our annual performance of Handel’s most popular masterpiece Messiah at the Meyerson Symphony Center will take place on December 19, featuring the orchestra and chorus with soloists Ava Pine, Soprano, Derek Chester, Tenor, and David Grogan, Bass, and introducing brilliant young Alto Kathryne Overturf. And we have added a performance in Plano at Saint Andrew’s on the 21st, with the annual Sing-along taking place on the 20th at Incarnation.
In February, we will experience a new venue as we present Soprano Nell Snaidas, who was awarded “Best Classical of the Year” by Theater Jones for her House Concert on Mediterranean themes in 2015, at the Meadows Museum – the seat of Spanish art in Dallas – with an intimate program with Baroque lute and guitar and the Dallas Bach Chamber Players. Seating is very limited, and those who heard Nell before will be first in line for this concert!
In May, we present a very special event: Henry Purcell’s the Fairy Queen, in a 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 Society, where you the audience will sit in a terrace garden setting as the performance goes on around you!
Our House Concert series, always an exquisite experience, features the complete Bach Suites for violoncello with Dallas Bach principal cellist Eric Smith, who will play the entire cycle over two evenings, one in the fall, and one in the spring. 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. Come to one or both, but do not miss this opportunity! And in January, we collaborate with the Dallas Goethe Center as the world-renowned Drew Minter joins the Dallas Bach Society. Seats are of course limited – subscribe now to guarantee your chance to appreciate the artistry of Mr. Minter under ideal circumstances!
Traditional Concert Series
Les Arts Florissants 8 October 2016, 7:30pm
SMU Caruth Auditorium
Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s renowned chamber opera returns to Dallas after a 20 year hiatus, in collaboration with the New York Baroque Dance Company. Written to celebrate the return of peace to Europe (probably referring to the defeat of the Turks at the Gates of Vienna in 1683) this charming and profound work celebrates the return of the Arts of Music, Poetry, Painting, and Architecture, flourishing under the reign of Peace, who has triumphed over Discord, through the glory of the Sun King, Louis XIV.
Franz Josef Haydn: Symphonies #6, 7, 8 “Le Matin”, “Le Midi”, “Le Soir” 3 December 2016, 7:30pm
Church of the Incarnation
Dallas 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
Handel’s Messiah 19 December 2016, 7:30pm Meyerson Symphony Center and 21 December 2016, 7:30pm Saint Andrew’s UMC, Plano
“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 20 December 2016, 7:30pm
Church of the Incarnation
Join 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!
Cantata 80 Ein feste Burg and The Four Seasons on New Year’s Eve 31 December 2016 6pm
Church of the Incarnation
Dallas 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!
“Repertorio Español” with Nell Snaidas 10/11 February 2017, 7:30pm
The Meadows Museum at SMU
Soprano 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.
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
We 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.
Henry Purcell’s The Fairy Queen 12 and 13 May 2017, 7:30pm
A 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 Fairy Queen goes to season subscribers.
House Concert Series
The Complete Cello Suites of Johann Sebastian Bach
11 and 12 November 2016 and 10 and 11 March 2017, both at 8pm; hors d’oeuvres and libations at 7pm
Performed at Private Residences
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!
An Evening with Drew Minter
27 and 28 January 2017, 8pm; hors d’oeuvres and libations at 7pm
Performed at Private Residences
In 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!
Important: House Concert single tickets will go on sale after the subscription drive. Subscribe now to reserve your places at these extraordinary evenings of music and merriment!
NEW THIS SEASON! General Admission subscribers will have a special section just behind the premium section. You do not have to arrive early to enjoy the best G.A. seats.