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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.  In addition, Peter Schickele and his chamber music are appearing in several summer music festivals. 

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. 

Date

Program
(link to description)

Location
(link to venue site if available)

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/
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
800-811-3351
http://spillian.com
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/
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
631-728-3407
http://www.quoguechambermusic.com
June 27, 2015, Saturday at 8:00 p.m. Maverick Concerts’ Centennial Season will be celebrated by the world premiere of Mr. Schickele’s Percussion Sonata No. 3, “Maverick”, performed by NEXUS, the same group who premiered and recorded his Percussion Sonata No. 2 “Woodstock”. This concert also includes music by Russell Hartenberger. Maverick Concerts
120 Maverick Rd.
Woodstock, New York
800-595-4TIX [4849]
http://www.maverickconcerts.org
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
828-862-2100
http://www.brevardmusic.org/
July 17, 2015, Friday at 5:30 p.m. Chamber Music Northwest’s Summer Festival celebrates Mr. Schickele’s 80th birthday and their own 45th Anniversary with a gala benefit Birthday Bash featuring music of both Peter Schickele and P.D.Q. Bach.  The program includes P.D.Q. Bach’s Schleptet in E-flat Major and “Safe” Sextet, as well as Mr. Schickele’s Serenade for Six and Serenade for Three. In addition, Mr. Schickele will also be singing some of his cabaret folk/pop songs. Portland Center Stage
The Gerding Theater at the Amory
128 NW Eleventh Avenue in the Pearl District
Portland, Oregon
503-294-6400
http://cmnw.org
July 18, 2015, Saturday at 12:00 p.m. Chamber Music Northwest’s Summer Festival presents a Family Concert featuring Mr. Schickele’s The Emperor’s New Clothes with the composer providing the narration. Kaul Auditorium
Reed College
Portland, Oregon
503-294-6400
http://cmnw.org
July 18, 2015, Saturday at 8:00 p.m. Chamber Music Northwest’s Summer Festival presents the world premiere of Mr. Schickele’s new Quintet for Clarinet and String Quartet, performed by Artistic Director David Shifrin and the Miró Quartet.  The concert also includes works by Haydn and Brahms.  There is a free Musical Conversation discussion with the artists before the concert at 7:00 p.m. Kaul Auditorium
Reed College
Portland, Oregon
503-294-6400
http://cmnw.org
July 19, 2015, Sunday at 2:00 p.m. Chamber Music Northwest’s Summer Festival presents a lecture by Peter Schickele called What’s So Funny About Music? where Mr. Schickele discusses how humor in music can by affected by cultural relativity and whether humor has a smaller role in music than it does in literature and drama, illustrating the topic with recorded excerpts including Mozart, Debussy, P.D.Q. Bach, and followed by a question and answer session.  

Lincoln Hall Recital Room (Room 75)
Portland State University
1620 SW Park Avenue
downtown
Portland, Oregon
503-294-6400
http://cmnw.org

July 19, 2015, Sunday at 4:00 p.m.
 
Chamber Music Northwest’s Summer Festival presents the world premiere of Mr. Schickele’s new Quintet for Clarinet and String Quartet, performed by Artistic Director David Shifrin and the Miró Quartet.  The concert also includes works by Haydn and Brahms.  Note:  Unlike the Saturday edition of this concert, there is no Musical Conversation discussion before this one. Lincoln Performance Hall
Portland State University
1620 SW Park Avenue
downtown
Portland, Oregon
503-294-6400
http://cmnw.org
July 31, 2015, Friday at 8:00 p.m. Mr. Schickele will join several other composers, including Carlisle Floyd and Tom Pasatieri, at the Phoenicia Festival of the Voice, where their pieces will be performed by singers such as Frederica von Stade, Kevin McMillan, and Lauren Flanigan, in a program called American Classics: Live and In Person. The Phoenicia Festival of the Voice
The Festival Stage
Phoenicia Parish Field
Phoenicia, New York
http://www.phoeniciavoicefest.org

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
Fax:  646-300-8210

Website:  http://www.opus3artists.com
Email:  info@opus3artists.com

 

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