September is here, and that means a new season has arrived! We announced our season to the press last week, and we’re busy printing brochures to send to all of our subscribers, ticket buyers, and other friends. Here’s the full release:
Orchestra of New Spain Announces 2011-2012 Season
DALLAS (September 1, 2011) – The Orchestra of New Spain (ONS) announced today its 2011-2012 season, its 23rd season under the baton of founder and Music Director Grover Wilkins.
“To hear what we’ve uncovered in the last 23 years is truly astounding,” notes Wilkins. “No one was playing anything from the Spanish baroque in 1989. And now we’re on the international map as the principal purveyors of the masterworks of the Spanish, Bolivian and Mexican baroque traditions—think about how it would be not to know Velazquez and El Greco! For Dallasites who want a truly enchanting experience, nothing could be more simple than a subscription to a year of rediscovered music in some of the most marvelous venues in our City.”
Highlights of the season include two exclusive Home and Garden concerts, festive concerts in distinguished Dallas venues—Arlington Hall and the Meadows Museum—and a weekend dedicated to Dallas and the Trinity River. Wilkins discoveries Francisco Courcelle and José de Nebra will mingle with Handel and Mozart as the Orchestra places baroque Spanish and Bolivian music in historical context with its better-known peers.
Orchestra of New Spain 2011-2012 Season
Home and Garden I (Fri, Sep 30, 6:30pm)
Venue information with ticket purchase.
Christoph Hammer, world-renowned forte-pianist, explores the evolution of the early piano as an extension of the harpsichord from the first instance of the use of the term piano e forte in 1732 thru to Mozart, Haydn and Schubert. Join us to hear how moving a sweet, percussive sound it produces. Wine & tapas, valet parking. Tickets $50 (now through Sep 15).
All-Hallows-Even to Halloween (Fri, Nov 4, 7:00pm)
Zion Lutheran Church
It came about as recognition of the departed saints (hallows), but the imagery has shifted markedly over time. In the baroque, Boccherini wrote the “House of the Devil,” Tartini “Devil’s Sonata,” and Vivaldi the “Phantoms” movement. Refreshments following concert. Tickets $25/Students $10.
With the Spanish Royal Family, Matins for Christmas (Sun, Dec 11, 6:00pm)
Christ the King Catholic Church
Whether in the Royal Palace of Madrid or the Monastery of El Escorial, the Spanish Royal Family celebrated Christmas with inimitable splendor that we recreate with the music that reinforced their seasonal celebration. Admission compliments of the Spanish Ministry of Culture and Christ the King Catholic Church.
The Annual Courcelle Dinner (Sun, Jan 15, 6:00pm)
Keep out your New Year’s Eve finery and join us for our annual gala dinner, the perfect way to shake off the midwinter doldrums. Music, fine French fare in the intimacy of l’Ancestral, and an opportunity to help fund the Orchestra’s considerable community outreach. Black tie/cocktail optional. Tickets $125.
Valentine’s Day at Arlington Hall (Tue, Feb 14, 6:30pm)
Arlington Hall at Lee Park
“If music be the food of love, play on!” was Shakespeare’s sentiment, and we heartily agree. Wine, nibbles, love songs, and Eine kleine Nachtmusik at Arlington Hall will create the perfect Valentine’s Day experience for couples of all ages. Featuring Strozzi: Amour Dormiglione, Robert Valentine sonata for two violins. Tickets $25/Students $10.
March 3-4: Bridging the Trinity—Dedication of a Bridge
Handel’s Water Music and a Courcelle Te Deum in two full-orchestra concerts celebrate a new era in bringing Dallas together.
- Zion Lutheran Church (Sat, Mar 3, 7:00pm)
6:15. Join Maestro Wilkins and Pastor and historian Robert Preece in a pre-concert discussion of the naming of the Rio Santissima Trinidad. Tickets $25/Students $10.
- Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, on the bridge deck (Sun, March 4, 9:00am)
Dedication of the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge on the bridge deck. Sponsored by The Dallas Foundation. Complimentary.
Flemish/Spanish 15th Century: Pastrana Tapestries and Their Music (Fri, Mar 30, 6:30pm)
Meadows Museum at SMU
The 15th century was a time of progressive music-making in Spanish Flanders and in Valencia. Vocal soloists of the Orchestra in works of Flecha, Cárceres, and the Flemish School. Tickets $25/Students $10.
Home and Garden II (Fri, Apr 27)
Venue information with ticket purchase.
On the road to Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia. This chamber orchestra and chorus, the foundation of the Orchestra of New Spain, presents its Bolivian tour program just days before departure. Another evening of extraordinary music seasoned with wine and tapas to round out our concert season. Tickets $50 (through Apr 1).
About the Orchestra of New Spain
The Orchestra of New Spain is a 36-member orchestra and chorus created in the Dallas Arts District in 1989 and dedicated to exploration to the music of the Spanish baroque. The Orchestra’s seven-concert season, its annual school programs, annual Dallas ISD Strings Camp, and national and international touring programs are a unique contribution to the Dallas Arts community and to the introduction of great works of the Hispanic tradition to Dallas audiences.
The mission of the Orchestra of New Spain is to introduce in concert the neglected repertory of the Spanish 17th and 18th centuries, and to explore the Hispanic heritage of which it is a part, educating the public on the importance of the repertory and its broader cultural implications. Additionally, the Orchestra performs other renaissance, baroque, classical, and romantic repertories on period instruments as well as alternative repertory, from other periods and of other provenance.