Bach in Baltimore is turning 30 and is throwing a party to celebrate!
Please help us celebrate our 30th by joining us for our Spring Fever Concert and BachFest Gala
We are offering former Choir Members and Board Members a special package: $30 for our 30th
This is $15 off the regular cost of admission!
Concert: Sunday, March 4 at 4 pm
BachFest Gala begins immediately after the concert at 6 pm
Church of the Redeemer, 5603 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21212
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This offer is good until 2/25/18
Bach’s Cantata 149: Man singet mit Freuden vom Sieg
Bach’s Orchestral Suite, No. 3 in D major
Claire Galloway Weber, alto
Michael Dodge, tenor
STUDENT VOICE EXCHANGE GUEST CHOIR:
Baltimore City College High School
Usher in spring with our Spring Fever Concert featuring Bach’s Cantata 149: Man singet mit Freuden vom Sieg (There are joyful songs of victory). Composed in 1728/29 for the Feast of Saint Michael, this bright and festive piece features trumpets and timpani setting the stage for a polyphonic rallying cry triumphing good over evil. Of all the Bach instrumental music, none is more exhilarating and festive than his Orchestral Suite, No. 3 in D major. In addition to the powerful fanfares in the trumpets, this suite is beloved for the famous slow movement, nicknamed “Air on a G String.”
Please stay for our Gala BachFest with Silent Auction immediately following the Gala Concert. Two complimentary drinks from the bar and hors d’ourves will be served throughout the evening as the Silent Auction progresses, while music and entertainment will be provided by the talented musicians of Bach in Baltimore.
Funds raised by the BachFest Silent Auction will bring the transformative magic of music to life for our regions’ audiences who come out to our monthly concerts and to audiences that we bring music to—Bach in Baltimore visits 7-8 area nursing homes and retirement communities each season to share the beauty of Baroque music with residents who are unable to travel to see us perform. Funding raised will also help Bach in Baltimore continue to provide an exceptional artistic home for our many musicians, soloists, and choir members. Additionally, it will help to grow our Student Exchange program, which is now one of the largest music education programs in Maryland, that provides an instructive experience for guest student choirs while offering a performance opportunity at our cantata concerts.
Stephanie Kruskol Batchelder is a soprano based in the greater Washington, D.C. area. Most recently, she appeared as Suor Dolcina in the Singers’ Theatre of Washington’s production of Suor Angelica, and was the soprano soloist in Vivaldi’s Gloria in Herndon, Virginia. Other operatic roles include Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance with the Lakes Region Opera Company in New Hampshire, Flora in The Turn of the Screw, Gretel in Hansel and Gretel, and Despina in Così fan tutte. She was the soprano soloist in the world premiere of Jerry Ascione’s piece entitled One Hundred Eighty-Seven with the New England Wind Symphony. She has been a prize-winner in such competitions as Capitol Region Opera Idol and the Just Love to Sing! Opera Competition, the latter of which awarded her a fully sponsored art song recital in New Hampshire. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from The Peabody Conservatory, where she was awarded a merit scholarship. Stephanie was also the recipient of the Azalia H. Thomas Prize and the Charles P. Sachs Conservatory Scholarship. Additionally, she has performed in master classes with Dominic Cossa and acclaimed director Peter Kazaras.
Claire Galloway Weber is an avid linguist and proponent of presenting modern works alongside more standard opera and art song repertoire. In the 2017/2018 season, she will return to the Baltimore Musicales and debut with Bach in Baltimore.
In the spring of 2017, Ms. Weber joined the inaugural season of The Art Song Film Project, sang Amy in What Gets Kept by Frances Pollock at the New Music Gathering, and returned to the Baltimore War Memorial in a recital including Judith Weir’s “The Voice of Desire” and excerpts from Laura Kaminsky’s chamber opera As One.
Having performed roles in operas from Mozart and Massenet to Jonathan Dove and Frances Pollock, Ms. Weber has also performed as a soloist in oratorio works with the Peabody Concert Orchestra, American Symphony Orchestra, and Concert Artists of Baltimore. In addition, she has performed many of the standard art song repertory alongside works such as Daron Hagen’s “Sappho Songs,” Peter Lieberson’s “Neruda Songs,” and Matthew Triplett’s “I Promise to Be Good.”
Ms. Weber currently studies with Mark Schnaible after receiving her M.M. at Peabody Conservatory in Steven Rainbolt’s studio.
Hailed by The Baltimore Sun for his “eloquent phrasing” and “persuasive acting,” tenor Michael Dodge is a singer of art song, oratorio, and opera based in Baltimore. He can be seen frequently on the opera and concert stages throughout Baltimore and Washington D.C. collaborating with groups such as Lyric Opera Baltimore, Concert Artists of Baltimore, Baltimore Concert Opera, Charm City Baroque, Bel Cantanti Opera, the Great Noise Ensemble, and more.
Recent appearances include the tenor soloist in Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with Concert Artists of Baltimore, Governer and Vanderdendur in Candide (Bernstein) with the Manchester Choral Society, soloist in Bach’s Coffee Cantata with Charm City Baroque, Mozart in Mozart in Salieri (Rimsky-Korsakov) with Bel Cantanti Opera, Obadiah in Mendelssohn’s Elijah with The Bassi Brugnatelli Symposium in Robbiate, Italy, and as the tenor soloist in Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass as a resident artist with the New Hampshire Music Festival.
This season, Mr. Dodge makes his debut with Opera Northwest where he will sing the roles of Rinuccio in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi and Nemorino in Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore.
As a scholar of musicology and theory, he has presented research papers on vocal music at conferences in the United States and abroad.