Bancroft Family Concerts presents rarely performed work

DALLAS – Fine Arts Chamber Players invites you to a FREE Bancroft Family Concert on Saturday, January 23, 2016, at the Dallas Museum of Art (DMA). This concert features members of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra in a concert for strings and piano that will intrigue and delight the audience. Featured performers are Andrew Schast, violin; Pamela Askew, viola; Theodore Harvey, cello; Brian Perry, bass; and Steven Harlos, piano.

The concert features Claude Debussy’s Sonata in G minor for violin and piano, L 140; Duetto in D Major for cello and bass by Gioachino Rossini; and Ralph Vaughan WilliamsQuintet in C minor for violin, viola, cello, and double bass. Written in 1903, this early quintet was not published in the composer’s lifetime. Instead, his widow gave the score to the British Library in 1958, but placed an embargo on its performance which was only lifted in the 1990s.

Future 2015-2016 season Bancroft Family Concerts include free performances on February 20, March 12, April 2 and May 14 at the Dallas Museum of Art.

Bancroft Family Concerts are made possible in part by Sue & Christopher Bancroft, the Dallas Museum of Art, Union Pacific Foundation, City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs, TACA, Texas Commission on the Arts, the Dallas Arts District Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, and Alphagraphics. Since its inception in 1981, FACP has provided music education experiences for more than 215,000 children and performed for over a half-million residents of North Texas. In addition to the Bancroft Family Concerts, FACP presents the free Basically Beethoven Festival in July.

Thank you, Dallas Arts District Foundation!

Fine Arts Chamber Players is honored to be named a grant recipient by the Dallas Arts District Foundation. We appreciate the Foundation’s continued support, and for its mission to enhance the value of our city’s creative and economic life by engaging neighbors through excellent programs.

Providing free classical music program in the heart of Dallas is a thrill every time we take the stage at the Dallas Museum of Art or fill the Dallas City Performance Hall. The Dallas Arts District Foundation helps make that possible by supporting our Bancroft Family Concert series and our 2016 Basically Beethoven Festival. Click here to see our Concert Calendar.

Read more about the Foundation here. We are proud to keep company with the other grant recipients, including:

Anita N. Martinez Ballet Folklorico

Children’s Chorus of Greater Dallas

Creative Arts Center

Dallas Black Dance Theatre

Dallas Theater Center

Junior Players

Turtle Creek Chorale

Introducing Dr. Alex McDonald, Guest Festival Director

Dr. Alex McDonald

Join with us in welcoming Alex McDonald as Guest Festival Director for our 36th annual Basically Beethoven Festival, held in the Dallas City Performance Hall in July 2016. Dr. McDonald, a Dallas native, brings the same energy and passion he has as a professional pianist to the role of Guest Director.

“We look forward to the energetic creativity and musical expertise that Alex brings to the Festival,” says Rogene Russell, Artistic Director of Fine Arts Chamber Players. “We believe we’ve found a great balance between tradition and fresh ideas in putting together the event. Basically Beethoven 2016 promises to be an exciting month of July concerts for North Texas audiences.”

Alex is known to FACP audiences as he was a featured performer at the final 2015 Basically Beethoven concert on July 26. Not only did he play, but Alex put that day’s program together and selected the performers.

Beethoven has been a guiding light to generations of musicians and composers. I’ve always felt that he, more than anyone else, embodies the human spirit, so full of passion and honesty and courage,” he explains. “Having this rich source of inspiration, I am excited to have the opportunity to direct this year’s Basically Beethoven Festival, as we look for new ways to connect musicians and audiences with timeless music from Beethoven and beyond.”

A sought-after pianist, Alex grew up in north Dallas where his musical training began. He competed in the 2014 Van Cliburn Piano Competition and was regarded as an audience favorite. In addition to performing internationally, Alex maintains a private piano studio. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the New England Conservatory, and his master’s and doctoral degrees from the Juilliard School.

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