The Division of Music at SMU presents Alessio Bax’s latest project: Folk Tales.
Folk Tales is a series of three mixed concerts that explore the influence of folk music on the idiom of European classical composers — some who simply used folk tunes as inspiration, while others made it their life’s mission to study, classify and create brand new music that paid respect to the folk tradition.
Organized and planned by pianist and international performing artist Alessio Bax, Folk Tales will showcase SMU Meadows faculty and students in piano, voice, strings, and winds in concerts the evenings of March 2, 4, and 5 in Caruth Auditorium on the SMU campus.
Alphabetically, the roster of performers includes Joaquin Achucarro (piano), Matt Albert (violin), Deborah Baron (flute), Alessio Bax (piano), Andres Diaz (cello), Virginia Dupuy (soprano), Paul Garner (clarinet), Erin Hannigan (oboe), Pamela Elrod Huffman (director of choral activities), Greg Hustis (horn), Chee-Yun Kim (violin), Carol Leone (piano), Wilfred Roberts (bassoon), and Barbara Sudweeks (viola) along with Diva Dolce and the Meadows Chorale.
Program I: The Influence of Spanish and Latin American Music
Saturday, March 2, 2013, 8:00 p.m., Caruth Auditorium
The first program in the series features the influence of Spanish and Latin American folk music in a magnificent pastiche of concert music by Astor Piazolla, Alberto Ginastera, Manuel deFalla, Claude Debussy, Enrico Granados, Isaac Albeniz, and Maurice Ravel. Alongside Mr. Bax (piano), the featured performers on this program will be Chee-Yun Kim (violin), Andres Diaz (cello), Virginia Dupuy (soprano), and Carol Leone (piano). The celebrated master, Joaquin Achucarro, will perform the entire second half of the program in a group that includes favorites by Debussy, Granados, Ravel and more.
Program II: Bartok, Ligeti, and the Folk Tradition of Hungary
Monday, March 4, 2013, 8:00pm, Caruth Auditorium
The second program of Folk Tales will open with Bartok’s monumental Sonata (1926) for piano performed by Meadows pianist Carol Leone. Dallas Symphony musicians Deborah Baron (flute), Erin Hannigan (oboe), Paul Garner (clarinet), Greg Hustis (horn), and Wilfred Roberts (bassoon), will follow with Ligeti’s Six Bagatelles (1953) for Wind Quintet. Pamela Elrod Huffman will direct Diva Dolce, the Meadows choir for female voices and the Meadows Chorale in performances of selections from Bartok’s choruses for children and Ligeti’s Night and Morning, respectively. Three-time Grammy winner, Matt Albert (violin), will join Paul Garner and Alessio Bax in a performance of Bartok’s stunning trio Contrasts.
Program III: Dvorak—the Beloved Czech
Tuesday, March 5, 2013, 8:00pm, Caruth Auditorium
The final program in the Folk Tales series features nothing but the music of beloved Czech nationalist, Anton Dvorak. Violinists Chee-Yun Kim and Matt Albert will join Andres Diaz (cello) Alessio Bax (piano) in opening the program with Five Bagatelles for Two Violins, Cello, and Piano, Op. 47. Meadows soprano Virginia Dupuy and tenor Clifton Forbis will perform selections from Five Moravian Duets, Op. 32. Closing the program and the series will be Dvorak’s epic Piano Quintet No. 1 in A major, op. 81 featuring all-star collaborative performances by Chee-Yun Kim, Matt Albert, Barbara Sudweeks, Andres Diaz, and Alessio Bax.
For more information call 214-768-ARTS.