The 2014-2015 Season
- Graupner Rises: Music from a “Forgotten” Master
Sunday, November 2nd at 7:30pm
First Presbyterian Church (1114 W University Dr)
- Before J.S. Bach became cantor in Leipzig, the position was first offered to Telemann (who declined) and then Christoph Graupner (who accepted but was blocked by his other employer). The extraordinarily prolific Graupner (over 1,400 church cantatas alone!) was widely respected in his lifetime but lapsed quickly into the obscurity of Bach’s shadow…unjustly so, as the charm and individuality of this program will prove.
- Scaling the Twin Peaks of Parnassus
Friday, February 13th Food & Drink at 6:30 | Music at 7:30
Denton Women’s Club (610 Oakland St.)
- Orazio Vecchi’s L’Amfiparnaso is one of the best-known examples of the madrigal comedy genre, which flourished for a short time around 1600. Following last year’s well-received presentation of Banchieri’s Il Festino, we invite you to join us for this carnival entertainment of music, poetry, food, laughter and good fun.
- J.S. Bach, The Passion According to St. Matthew
Sunday, March 29th at 3:00pm
Murchison Performing Arts Center (University of North Texas)
- Probably first performed in 1727, the St. Matthew Passion is generally regarded as one of the highest achievements in Western musical art, though the revival efforts of Felix Mendelssohn over 100 years later played an integral role in securing Bach’s legacy. Given the magnitude and profundity of the work, the paraphrased words of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe seem most appropriate: “Bach allows us to hear all of creation, as if the eternal harmony were conversing with itself.” We are proud to present this masterpiece in its entirety and share its sublime inspiration with the Denton community.
- A Tale of Two Zappas
- Let’s try this one again; compositions of 18th-c. cellist Francesco Zappa pitted against the works of 20th-c. guitarist Frank Zappa, performed by the Denton Bach Players on Baroque instruments in a decidedly non-Baroque setting. “Freak Out!” indeed.
- Mother’s Day Concert
Sunday, May 10th Time and Place TBD