Hallam Family Concerts, 2021/2022 Season Announcement

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New Stages, Same Standard of Excellence

Free chamber music series moves around Dallas; registration required

September 24, 2021 – After 18 months of online programming, Fine Arts Chamber Players (FACP) is pleased to announce the 2021/2022 season of its FREE Hallam Family Concerts returns to the stage, performed live before an audience. A cornerstone of FACP’s public programming, the Hallam Family Concerts are seven free chamber music performances featuring the area’s top professional musicians. As always, the programs are free to enjoy with no admission price; registration via facp.eventbrite.com is required. The theme for 2021/22 is “Family. Reunion.”

Artistic Director of the series, Emily Levin, explains, “the 2021/2022 season gives voice to lesser-known composers in  programs intertwined by family and lineage, exploring the ways music connects us to the past and to each other.”

“Another play on the theme,” Executive Director Emily Guthrie adds, “is that some of the performers on the programs are related to one another. And of course, FACP is glad to reunite—responsibly and safely—with our audience.”

She continues, “there are two new shifts for the 2021/2022 season. First, FACP will be performing in different venues throughout the season but will conclude our season at the Dallas Museum of Art, where we have performed for so many years. Many considerations went into this, and overall it was necessary to perform in spaces that would allow us to safely host a moderately sized, socially distanced audience. Our supporters have been so understanding and loyal during the entire pandemic. We know this is a new routine for FACP, and we are eager to guide our audience through it. The second development is a pretty exciting one. For those who cannot attend in person, there will be an option to watch online recordings of the performances. Available the following Saturday, those who have registered for online access will receive a private link to the concert footage for 24 hours.”

All registration and event details will be shared on FACP’s website and social media accounts on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Concerts and online access are free, and registration will be required through facp.eventbrite.com.

OVERVIEW: Hallam Family Concerts, 2021/2022 Season

  • Saturday afternoons: October 9, November 13, January 15, February 12, March 5, April 23, May 21
  • FREE; registration is required via facp.eventbrite.com
  • Sponsored by Fanchon & Howard Hallam


WHAT’S NEW for 2021/2022

  • Performances will be held in four different venues throughout Dallas, varying month-by-month (listed below)
  • Masks will be required for audience members
  • Seating is general admission and socially distanced
  • Registration required to manage capacity limitations; RSVPs will be managed via facp.eventbrite.com
  • Performance videos will be available online the following week: advance registration required

WHAT’S THE SAME for 2021/2022

  • Hallam Family Concerts remain FREE
  • Monthly concerts held on Saturdays at 3 p.m., October – May (excluding December)
  • Varied repertoire and instrumentation, anchored by local musicians of the highest caliber 
  • Programs last generally an hour; most will be followed by CODA: a post-performance Q&A with the artists

PROGRAMMING: Hallam Family Concerts, 2021/2022 Season

October 9, 2021: Ascents and Descendants

Location: Central Commons (4711 Westside Dr., Dallas, TX 75209)

The season opener traces the musical lineage of Hildegard von Bingen, Maurice Ravel, and Christopher Rouse with works for string quartet, flute, clarinet, and harp.

Artists: Ebonee Thomas, flute (Dallas Opera Orchestra Piccolo and Second Flute); Andrew Sandwick, clarinet (Dallas Symphony Orchestra bass clarinet); Jenna Barghouti, DSO violin; Mariana Cottier-Bucco, DSO violin; Sarah Kienle, DSO Acting Associate Principal Viola; Jennifer Choi, DSO cello; Emily Levin, DSO Principal Harp


November 13, 2021: McCain Duo                            

Location TBA

The husband-and-wife duo of Artina and Martin McCain take the FACP stage with works for piano and bass trombone, celebrating the breadth of American musical imagination and innovation.

Artists: Martin McCain, bass trombone; Artina McCain, piano 


January 15, 2022: Songs of Late Season

Location: Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church (9800 Preston Rd, Dallas, TX 75230)

Including lyrical opera arias, new transcriptions, and more obscure works for bassoon and harp, Ted Soluri and Emily Levin perform pieces from their upcoming album collaboration.

Artists: Ted Soluri, DSO Principal Bassoon; Emily Levin, DSO Principal Harp 


February 12, 2022: String Theories

Location TBA

Violinist Angela Fuller-Heyde is joined by cellist Joseph Johnson in a delightful program of works for strings, including a work by Alan Hovhaness originally written for Ms. Fuller-Heyde’s parents.

Artists: Angela Fuller-Heyde, DSO Principal Second Violin; Joseph Johnson, Toronto Symphony Orchestra Principal Cello 


March 5, 2022: Haven Trio

Location: Latino Cultural Center (2600 Live Oak St, Dallas, TX 75204)

Through music and spoken word, Soprano Lindsay Kesselman, clarinetist Kimberly Cole Luevano, and pianist Midori Koga present a program of musical snapshots that capture the nature of memory, family, and identity. Haven Trio last performed for FACP audiences in November 2016.  

Artists: Haven Trio – Lindsay Kesselman, soprano; Kimberly Cole Luevano, clarinet; Midori Koga, piano


April 23, 2022: Col Legno

Location: Dallas Museum of Art, Horchow Auditorium (1717 N. Harwood St, Dallas, TX 75201)

The powerhouse duo (and husband-and-wife team) of percussionist George Nickson and violinist Samantha Bennett make their FACP debut with new works and reimagined classics for this unique instrument combination. (The musical term col legno or “with the wood” is a technique for string players to make a percussive sound on their instruments.)

Artists: Samantha Bennett, Sarasota Orchestra Second Violin; George Nickson, DSO Principal Percussion


May 21, 2022: Charles Barr Memorial Concert

Location: Dallas Museum of Art, Horchow Auditorium (1717 N. Harwood St, Dallas, TX 75201)

The final concert of the season, the Charles Barr Memorial concert, features Dallas cellist Alexander Davis-Pegis alongside his father Jolyon Pegis, in Schubert’s masterful Cello Quintet. FACP audiences may remember Mr. Davis-Pegis as a Rising Star Recitalist in the 2016 Basically Beethoven Festival. Every spring, FACP honors the memory of Charles Barr: a Dallas-reared musician who was a member of the Cleveland Orchestra bass section.

Artists include: Alexander Davis-Pegis, cello; Jolyon Pegis, DSO Associate Principal Cello


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