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The 2014-2015 concert season celebrates the Fiftieth Anniversary of P.D.Q. Bach concerts.  It has been 50 years since the first public P.D.Q. Bach concert in New York City’s Town Hall (as heard on the Vanguard recording), and many concert halls who have forgotten about the first five decades of P.D.Q. Bach have bravely scheduled concerts during this season.  The schedule below shows the concerts scheduled through May of 2015;  information for the remainder of the season will be added soon. 

As always, be sure to check on the concerts using the links and phone numbers below before arriving at the hall, as from time to time a concert may disappear in a disconcerting manner. 

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Program
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Location
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June 19 and 20, 2014, Thursday at 7:30 p.m., and Friday at 10:45 a.m. Peter Schickele is composer-in-residence at the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival from June 19 through June 23.  This concert features the World Premiere of his Pastorale for flute and strings.  The concert also features chamber music by Bach, de Falla, and Mendelssohn. Temple Beth El
7400 Telegraph Rd.
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
734-769-2999
http://greatlakeschambermusic.org/performances/
June 21, 2014, Saturday at 8:00 p.m. Peter Schickele is composer-in-residence at the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival from June 19 through June 23.  This concert features the P.D.Q. Bach works "Goldbrick" Variations, three songs from 12 Quite Heavenly Songs, and Long Live the King.  It is preceded by a discussion  “In Conversation with Peter Schickele” at 7:15 p.m. The concert also includes Glenn Gould’s "So You Want to Write a Fugue?", Ernst Toch’s Geographical Fugue, and works by J.S. Bach, Villa-Lobos, and Wagner. Seligman Performing Arts Center
Detroit Country Day School
22305 West Thirteen Mile Rd.
Beverly Hills, Michigan
734-769-2999
http://greatlakeschambermusic.org/performances/
June 23, 2014, Monday at 8:00 p.m. Peter Schickele is composer-in-residence at the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival from June 19 through June 23.  Tonight’s concert is the “Composer Concert: Celebrating the music of Peter Schickele” and includes his Three Uncharacteristic Pieces for trumpet and piano, Little Suite for Autumn for violin and viola, Delta Jukebox for 2 bassoons and piano, Piano Quintet No. 2 for piano and string quartet, and Serenade for Three for clarinet, violin, and piano.  The concert will also include a rendition of the aria “Howdy There” from P.D.Q. Bach’s Oedipus Tex, whose theme is the subject of the variations in Serenade for Three. Temple Beth El
7400 Telegraph Rd.
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
734-769-2999
http://greatlakeschambermusic.org/performances/
July 26, 2014, Saturday at 8:00 p.m. 50 Years of P.D.Q. Bach: A Triumph of Incompetence The Colonial Theatre
111 South Street
Pittsfield, Massachusetts
413-997-4444
http://www.berkshiretheatregroup.org/on-our-stages/music
January 1, 2015, Thursday at 3:00 p.m. Peter Schickele will appear with the Cape Cod Symphony in their New Year’s Day Party.
 
Barnstable Performing Arts Center (inside the Barnstable High School)
744 West Main Street
Hyannis Massachusetts
http://www.capesymphony.org/cape-symphony-orchestra-concert-season.asp
January 29, 2015, Thursday at  8:00 p.m. 50 Years of P.D.Q. Bach: A Triumph of Incompetence
 
UGA Performing Arts Center
230 River Road
Athens, Georgia
http://pac.uga.edu/
Feb. 20, 2015, Friday at 7:30 p.m. 50 Years of P.D.Q. Bach: A Triumph of Incompetence
 
University of Wyoming Fine Arts Center
1000 E. University Ave.
Laramie, Wyoming
307-766-6666
http://www.uwyo.edu/finearts/
April 10, 2015, Friday at 8:00 p.m. Peter Schickele will appear with the VocalEssence Chorus and the University of Minnesota Wind Ensemble.  Details to be announced.
 
University of Minnesota
Ted Mann Concert Hall
2128 Fourth Street South
Minneapolis, Minnesota
612-371-5642 or 800-292-4141
http://www.vocalessence.org/pdqbach
April 24, 2015, Friday at 8:00 p.m. 50 Years of P.D.Q. Bach: A Triumph of Incompetence
 
Mayo Performing Arts Center
100 South Street
Morristown, New Jersey
973-539-8008
http://www.mayoarts.org/
May 2, 2015, Saturday at 7:30 p.m. 50 Years of P.D.Q. Bach: A Triumph of Incompetence
 
Corning Museum of Glass
1 Museum Way
Corning, New York
866-463-6264
http://www.corningcivicmusic.org/

Also see Peter Schickele’s Nonappearances,
performances of Peter Schickele and P.D.Q. Bach music by other fine musicians

It’s been 50 years since Professor Peter Schickele released P.D.Q. Bach on an unsuspecting musical public. And it’s been 80 years since the professor’s mother released the professor on an society ill-prepared for such singular genius. And now, because everyone loves a birthday, Professor Schickele has reached back across the decades to explore the damp vaults and dusty attics of Leipzig to once again celebrate the twenty-first child (out of twenty) of the great J.S. Bach. This special, once in a half-century, musical extravaganza will feature the crème de la crème of history’s most justifiably neglected composer.

The 2014-2015 P.D.Q. Bach touring season will cover the period of January through May, 2015.  For bookings contact Neil Benson at Opus 3 Artists: 212-584-7512.

Professor Peter Schickele, enabler
assisted by
Michèle Eaton, off-coloratura soprano
Brian Dougherty, tenor profundo
Margaret Kampmeier, Keyboarder (for A Triumph of Incompetence Program)
William Walters, Manager of the Stage

 

P.D.Q. Bach at 50: As Good as he Ever Was (with orchestra) 50 Years of P.D.Q. Bach: A Triumph of Incompetence (without orchestra)
       
Program includes...

New Horizons in Music Appreciation:  the notorious ‘Beethoven Sportscast’, a play-by-play account of the first movement of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony.

Selections from Oedipus Tex:  P.D.Q. Bach’s infamous Western oratorio.

The “Howdy” Symphony:  P.D.Q.’s answer to Hadyn’s “Farewell” Symphony.

Songs from Shakespeare: Peter Schickele’s settings of The Bard’s most famous speeches to 1950’s rock ‘n’ roll (for singers and orchestra).

Excerpts include...

P.D.Q. Bach’s Twelve Quite Heavenly Songs (Arie Proprio Zodicale), S. 16°:  Musical upsettings of the signs of the zodiac (for chamber ensemble).

Selections from P.D.Q. Bach’s The Notebook for Betty-Sue Bach, S. 13 going on 14 (for solo piano).

Peter Schickele’s Songs from Shakespeare:  The Bard’s most famous speeches set to 1950’s rock ‘n’ roll (for piano & chamber ensemble).

       
P.D.Q. Bach at 50: As Good as he Ever Was (excerpts)

Audio Samples can be played using the free RealAudio player. 

This audio sample of selections performed in this concert contains excerpts from the following:  New Horizons in Music Appreciation (from P.D.Q. Bach On The Air, copyright © 1967 Vanguard Records)—Come un pipistrello fuori dall' inferno, allegro con mucho brio, Andante con mojo, Menuetto allegretto from the “Howdy” Symphony (from Music You Can’t Get Out Of Your Head, copyright © 1982 Vanguard Records)—“Well”, “Howdy there”, “My heart”, “But”, and Finale from Oedipus Tex (from Oedipus Tex and Other Choral Calamities, copyright © 1990 Telarc International Corporation).

50 Years of P.D.Q. Bach: A Triumph of Incompetence  (excerpts)

Audio Samples can be played using the free RealAudio player. 

 

This audio sample of selections performed in this concert contains excerpts from the following: Capricorn, Virgo, Taurus, Cancer, and Libra from Twelve Quite Heavenly Songs (from a live performance, copyright © 2005 Peter Schickele Web Site)—Introduction—Hamlet’s Soliloquy, The Three Witches from MacBeth, Juliet’s Soliloquy, and Funeral Oration from Julius Caesar from Songs from Shakespeare (from the album P.D.Q. Bach and Peter Schickele:  The Jekyll and Hyde Tour, copyright © 2007 Telarc International Corporation).

 
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To book a concert, contact Opus 3 Artists
Neil Benson
Opus 3 Artists

470 Park Avenue South
9th Floor North
New York, NY 10016
Telephone:  212-584-7512
Fax:  646-300-8210

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