James Richman, named Artistic Director of the Dallas Bach Society in 1995, 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 attend Harvard, Juilliard, and the Curtis Institute of Music, James Richman studied conducting with Max Rudolf and Herbert Blomstedt, piano with Mieczyslaw Horszowski, Rosina Lhevinne and Rudolf Serkin, and hardsichord with Albert Fuller and Kenneth Gilbert. He holds a degree in the History of Science magna cum laude from Harvard College.
Richman is 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). His Concert Royal ensemble has been in residence at St. Thomas Church on Fifth Avenue in New York since 1982, performing chamber music concerts as well as the works of Handel, Bach and Purcell with the Choir of Men and Boys at St. Thomas. He is also Artistic Director and founder of New York’s Concert Royal and Music Director of the New York Baroque Dance Company, and he recently led the Hanover Band at the Pollenca festival in Majorca.
Jackie Lengfelder, Executive Director, joins the administrative team of the Dallas Bach Society this season. A lyric-soprano, Jackie is an active performer in concerts, musical theater, opera and oratorio, and has appeared with companies including Toccata Tahoe Symphony Orchestra, Ohio Light Opera, Fort Worth Opera, The Living Opera, Casa Manana, and Lyric Stage. Possessing a “soaring soprano voice” and “delivering the vocal goods”, Jackie’s involvement with the arts has blossomed in the last decade into arts administration.
Jackie is head of Collins Classical Agency, www.collinsclassical.com, a Dallas based entertainment agency specializing in Classical Musicians. She delights in connecting opportunity with talent and talent with opportunity. Jackie is excited to assist the Dallas Bach Society, its Board and supporters in supporting James Richman’s vision of continued excellence and growth of the Dallas Bach Society into the immediate future.