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The current 2013-2014 concert season works as a gradual transition between the relatively few concerts presented during Prof. Schickele’s recent retirement years and the comparatively larger number of concerts already being booked for the exciting 50th Anniversary Season coming up in 2015.  That’s right, next season marks 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 already several concert halls who have forgotten about the first five decades of P.D.Q. Bach have bravely scheduled concerts during that time.

But to tide everyone over until then, a few, or at least one and maybe more, random concerts are being scheduled for the 2013-2014 season, including the one listed below and others that will be added once the complete information is available.   


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February 18, 2014, Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. Mr. Schickele’s Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra will be performed by clarinetist Linda Cionitti with the Georgia Southern Symphony. Performing Arts Center
847 Plant Drive
Georgia Southern University
Upcoming concerts are being planned for June, 2014, and for January through May of 2015 and others may still appear.  All of these will be announced on this site as soon as the details are finalized. 

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
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