Bancroft Family Concert inspired by “Vermeer Suite” at DMA

Fine Arts Chamber Players invites you to a FREE Bancroft Family Concert on Saturday, February 20, 2016, at the Dallas Museum of Art (DMA). This concert features early music scholar Kristin Van Cleve and friends performing on period instruments, and includes countertenor Ryland Angel. The concert instruments, which can be regarded as works of art themselves, are violin, viola, cello, flute, and harpsichord.

The DMA’s2016-02-20 time date place graphic exhibit “Vermeer Suite: Music in 17th Century Dutch Painting” opens January 17. The cornerstone of the exhibit is Johannes Vermeer’s Young Woman Seated at a Virginal, on loan from the private Leiden Collection. The painting is presented with seven other pieces loaned from the Leiden Collection by Vermeer’s contemporaries – each one featuring musicians performing on period instruments.

The concert features Isabella Leonarda’s Sonata duodecima; Sonata Sopra la Bergamesca by Marco Uccellini; and Lamento Sopra La Morte de Ferdinand III by Johann Heinrich Schmelzer. Other wonderful early works for countertenor and accompanying instruments by Vermeer’s contemporaries Jean-Baptiste Lully, Henry Purcell, Giovanni Felice Sances, and Biagio Marini are also on the program.

Horchow Auditorium doors open at 2:30 p.m. for the 3 p.m. concert. The museum is located at 1717 North Harwood, Dallas, TX 75201. Admission to the concert is free with no reservations or tickets required. For more information, please call 214-520-2219 or visit www.fineartschamberplayers.org. Future 2015-2016 season Bancroft Family Concerts include free performances on March 12, April 2 and May 14 at the DMA.

Bancroft Family Concerts are made possible in part by Sue & Christopher Bancroft, the Dallas Museum of Art, Union Pacific Foundation, City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs, TACA, Texas Commission on the Arts, the Dallas Arts District Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, and Alphagraphics. Since its inception in 1981, FACP has provided music education experiences for more than 215,000 children and performed for over a half-million residents of North Texas. In addition to the Bancroft Family Concerts, FACP presents the free Basically Beethoven Festival in July.