8TH ANNUAL GALA CONCERT & BACHFEST
Sunday, March 4 at 4 pm
Church of the Redeemer, 5603 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21212
Bach’s Cantata 149: Man singet mit Freuden vom Sieg
Bach’s Orchestral Suite, No. 3 in D major
Michael Dodge, tenor
Claire Galloway Weber, alto
Usher in spring with Bach in Baltimore’s Spring Fever Concert, presenting 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.”
Admission: $20 in advance, $22 at the door
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.