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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 so far through July of 2015;  information for the remainder of the season will be added as soon as the details become available. 

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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February 25, 2015, Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. (Funnyman), 7:00 p.m. (The Crazy Quilt), and 9:00 p.m. (Funnyman) BAMcinématek presents the Film Series Fog City Maverick: The Films of John Korty, which includes two movies with scores by Peter Schickele:  Funnyman and The Crazy Quilt.  The screenings of these rarely seen films with rarely heard scores are at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Rose Cinemas. BAM Rose Cinemas
The Peter Jay Sharp building
30 Lafayette Avenue
Brooklyn, New York
April 10, 2015, Friday at 8:00 p.m. Peter Schickele will appear with the VocalEssence Chorus and the University of Minnesota Wind Ensemble, conducted by Craig Kirchhoff and Philip Brunelle, who will be performing works by both P.D.Q. Bach and Mr. Schickele in a “special, once in a half-century, musical extravaganza” birthday bash. University of Minnesota
Ted Mann Concert Hall
2128 Fourth Street South
Minneapolis, Minnesota
612-371-5642 or 800-292-4141
April 13, 2015, Monday at 8:00 p.m. The Armadillo String Quartet’s annual Music of Peter Schickele concert this year will feature:

— Pastorale for flute and string trio
Little Triptych for two violins and cello
— String Quartet No. 4 “Inter-Era Dance Suite”
— A Little Welcome Serenade for flute and violin
String Quintet No. 1 “American Dreams”

First Congregational Church
540 S. Commonwealth Avenue
Los Angeles, California
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
April 26, 2015, Sunday at 4:00 p.m. Peter Schickele will be appearing in the series Spillian Sundays: Voices from the Catskills—Soup. Songs. Stories. Salon. The musical program features a grab-bag of songs from Mr. Schickele’s many decades of setting texts to music, ranging from boogie-woogie to classical, and from 17th century to 21st century.  It will be followed by Spillian’s traditional Soup Sunday salon. Spillian
50 Fleischmanns Heights Road
Fleischmanns, New York
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
June 13, 2015, Saturday at 7:30 p.m.  50 Years of P.D.Q. Bach: A Triumph of Incompetence Quogue Community Hall
125 Jessup Avenue
Quogue, New York
July 12, 2015, Sunday at 3:00 p.m. 50 Years of P.D.Q. Bach: As Good As He Ever Was Brevard Music Center Festival
Brevard College
400 North Broad Street
Brevard, North Carolina

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

and the 50th Anniversary Photo Album Fifty Photos for Fifty Years

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...

Perückenstück (Hairpiece from The Civilian Barber): the only surviving aria from P.D.Q. Bach’s hopelessly lost opera.

Swing Sweet, Low Chariot:  a folk song derangement for tenor profundo and orchestra.

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

Uptown Hoedown: Prof. Schickele’s good-time, foot-stompin’ collection of classical snippets.

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

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: proof that even something as common as a solo piano isn’t safe in the two hands of P.D.Q. Bach.

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)—Perückenstück (Hair Piece) from “The Civilian Barber” (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
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