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Date: Saturday 15 April 2017

Bancroft Family Concerts

2016 – 2017 Season

Concerts begin at 3:00. Doors open at 2:30 p.m.

October 15: Harps in Harmony

A dazzling quartet of Dallas’ newest professional harpists led by recently appointed Dallas Symphony Orchestra harpist Emily Levin gather to perform harp chamber music.

Grace Browning, Cheryl Losey Feder, Emily Levin, and Karen Abrahamson Thomas

November 12: Haven Trio – WORLD PREMIERE

The award-winning Haven Trio (Professor of Clarinet at University of North Texas Kimberly Cole Luevano, soprano Lindsay Kesselman, and pianist Midori Koga) present the world premiere of Twinge, a chamber work by Jon Magnussen. Written for Haven Trio, the work is based on Barry Bearak’s New York Times Magazine article “The Day the Sea Came” which shared survival stories from the 2004 Indonesian tsunami.

January 28: Passing the Torch

DSO members perform side-by-side with their students in woodwind octets by Haydn and Mozart.

Erin Hannigan & Nora Prener, oboe

Gregory Raden & Sarah Demy, clarinet

Wilfred Roberts & John Searcy, bassoon

Haley Hoops & Katie Wolber, french horn

February 25: Fragments of the Past and Present

DSO musicians perform the first movement of Shostakovich’s chamber arrangement of Symphony No. 15 in A major for violin, cello, piano, celesta, and percussion, with commentary written by the composer. The afternoon also includes the first prelude and fugue by Bach, answered by the last prelude and fugue by Shostakovich. Mozart’s Sonata for bassoon and cello rounds out the program.

Nathan Olson, violin

Jennifer Humphreys, cello

Theodore Soluri, bassoon

Christopher Deane, Doug Howard, and Drew Lang, percussion

Anastasia Markina, piano

March 25: Brahms Trio

Violinist Filip Fenrych and horn player Kevin Haseltine, both of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, join Dr. Zahari Metchkov, piano, Colorado State University-Pueblo faculty. The program includes Johannes Brahms’ Horn Trio in E-flat Major, op. 40, and György Ligeti’s Trio for Violin, Horn and Piano. Brahms composed his piece in 1865 in memory of his mother. Ligeti’s work, written over 100 years later in 1982, is regarded as an homage to Brahms’ trio. The pairing of these divergent pieces brilliantly showcases the musicianship of Haseltine, Fenrych, and Metchkov.

April 15: The Cliburn in Concert

As part of the Cliburn in the Community program, Fine Arts Chamber Players partners with The Cliburn to present to our audience award-winning pianist Claire Huangci, a 2013 Cliburn Competition semi-finalist and Jury Discretionary Award recipient. Ms. Huangci is joined by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra Associate Concertmaster Emmanuelle Boisvert, violin; Lucas Aleman, DSO violin; and Jeff Hood, DSO cello, in the last movement of Erik Korngold’s dynamic Suite for Piano (Left Hand), Two Violins and Cello. The piece was commissioned by pianist Paul Wittgenstein after losing an arm in World War I. 

Solo piano works on the program include Scarlatti‘s Four Sonatas, K. 443, 208, 29, and 435; Schubert‘s Sonata in A Major, D. 959; and Rachmaninov‘s  Three Preludes, op. 32.

After the concert, visit the DMA’s Wittgenstein Vitrine, a jewel-encrusted masterpiece of early 20th century Viennese design once owned by the Wittgenstein family.

May 13: The Cézanne Quartet

The Charles Barr Memorial Concert features the Cézanne Quartet, Peak Fellowship Ensemble- in-Residence at SMU Meadows School of the Arts, performing music by Mozart, Schubert, and Bartok

Eleanor Dunbar, violin

Lauren Densinger, violin

Steven Juarez, viola

Elizabeth White, cello

The Bancroft Family Concerts are casual, family-friendly concerts featuring local professional musicians as they perform diverse works for small ensembles. These concerts are free and open to the public — no tickets or reservations are required.

The Bancroft Family Concerts occur on a monthly basis from October to May (excluding December) at the Dallas Museum of Art, in the Horchow Auditorium. Programming for these concerts includes a wide variety of classical and world music, often integrating the music with current exhibits at the DMA.

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