Our Exciting 2013-2014 Concert Season
- A Carnival Party: Il Festino, a Madrigal Comedy by Adriano
Saturday, February 22, 7:00 p.m. Venue TBA
Adriano Banchieri (1568-1634), along with Orazio Vecchi,
was a principal creator of the genre now known as madrigal comedy, a
vocal ensemble pieces in a wide range of familiar secular genres, often
arranged around a central theme or even dramatic text. Festino nella
del giovedi grasso avanti cena (1608) is a collection of twenty
madrigals, canzonetts, mascheratas, villanellas, and other vocal genres
the title states explicitly, for pre-dinner carnival entertainment on
the evening of Fat Tuesday, the final hours before the beginning of the
period of fasting and repentance. Join us for a delightful evening of
food, fun, laughter, and charming music.
- A Tale of Two Zappas
Spring 2014, Venue TBA
Francesco Zappa (1717-1803) was a virtuoso Italian cellist
little-known composer who gave lessons to the Duke of York and spent
majority of his career in The Hague, the Netherlands. Frank Zappa
(1940-1993) was an American musician, songwriter, composer, record
producer, and film director who wrote The Duke of Orchestral Prunes and
asked the eternal question “Does Humor Belong in Music?” The
Denton Bach Players celebrate the works of these
similarly–named–yet–entirely–unrelated men, with an exciting crossover
program that will have
you believing the latter’s words: “Information is not knowledge.
Knowledge is not wisdom. Wisdom is not truth. Truth is not beauty.
not love. Love is not music. Music is THE BEST.”
- Seeking to Please: An Evening of Galant Music
Sunday, March 30, 7:30 p.m. Immaculate Conception Church
The eighteenth-century Galant style developed in reaction
to the more
old-fashioned, strict, learned and contrapuntal styles of the Baroque
period, emphasizing lighter, simpler textures and melodies with clearer
harmonic structures. Great emphasis was given to gracefulness, elegance
and refinement, as opposed to the imposing artifices of contrapuntal
complexity, which today we associate above all with the music of J.S.
Our program features a recently-published setting of the Magnificat by
the Neapolitan composer Leonardo Leo, along with a number of vocal
and instrumental works that in their time were the harbingers of the
emerging Classical style.
- Mother’s Day Concert & Hymn Sing
Andrew Dittman, conductor,
Sunday, May 11, Venue TBA
Join us for our traditional Mother’s Day program, featuring
the Student Competition
and maybe some hymn sing selections with audience participation!