St. Matthew’s Cathedral Arts, the new center for arts and culture in East Dallas, will present a FREE concert by the Dallas Bach Society on Sunday, January 20 at 3 p.m. in its cathedral at 5100 Ross Avenue. A reception will follow and will include the launch of SMAC’s new website, CathedralArtsDallas.org. For more information, call 214-887-6552.
The Dallas Bach Society’s season celebration of “Bach and Handel: Two Visions” continues with a performance of the Bach Sonatas for Violin and Obligato Harpsichord. The concert will feature Dallas Bach Society’s Artistic Director James Richman and violin virtuoso Clare Adkins Cason. Maestro Richman and Ms. Cason will combine their brilliant performance with intelligent and entertaining commentary about how Bach might have envisioned hearing these highly complex works performed in his day.
James Richman: Artistic Director of the Dallas Bach Society, and Artistic Director and founder of New York’s Concert Royal, is a prominent harpsichordist and fortepianist, as well as one of today’s leading conductors of Baroque music and opera. He was winner of the Bodky Competition of the Cambridge Society of Early Music, and was a laureate of the Bruges Competition and a prizewinner in the Paris Harpsichord Competition of the Festival Estival and in the First International Fortepiano Competition (Paris).
Clare Adkins Cason: Ms. Cason began violin studies at the age of four, having been born into a family of musicians. Ms. Cason studied violin with Dr. James Lerch at the University of North Texas, where she was concertmaster of the University Symphony, the Chamber Orchestra, and the Baroque orchestra. She was named a Presser Scholar and was chosen by the faculty as the Outstanding Undergraduate in Music. During the summers she pursued her interest in chamber music, first at the Sewanee Summer Music Center, then at the Kent-Blossom Chamber Music Festival. Since her years in the UNT Collegium Musicum, Clare has been active in the performance of early music, and plays Baroque violin and viola with the Dallas Bach Society. She also serves as concertmaster of the Sherman Symphony and principal second of the East Texas Symphony.
The Dallas Bach Society was formed in 1982 to promote and encourage instrumental, choral, vocal, operatic, chamber and keyboard music composed before 1800 through live performances in Dallas and its vicinity. Since its founding, the Society, under the leadership of its founding Artistic Director, Paul Riedo (1982-1994), and its second Artistic Director, James Richman (1995-present) has been the city’s primary resource for early music performance by serious, professional musicians.
St. Matthew’s Cathedral Arts is a center for arts, culture and community in the East Dallas neighborhood. Founded in 2011, SMAC presents FREE live performances by groups such as Dallas Bach Society along with exhibitions by local visual artists such as Carolyn Brown. For a schedule of upcoming events, visit htttp://www.cathedralartsdallas.org. St. Matthew’s Episcopal Cathedral is located at 5100 Ross Avenue, one mile east of the Dallas Arts District.