It tells you something about the low international profile of Spanish music that the pieces we most associate with the country... Bizet’s Carmen and Ravel’s Bolero... were composed by Frenchmen. Grover Wilkins and his Dallas-based Orchestra of New Spain are working to change that situation. - Scott Cantrell, Dallas Morning News
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The orchestra gets its name from the present area of Texas and Mexico which was originally called New Spain by the Spanish explorers. We seek to present music from 'Old' Spain in the land of New Spain.
Pegasus Musical Society
dba Orchestra of New Spain
10260 N. Central Expy., Ste. 276
Dallas, TX 75231-3440
fax 214-750-1492 (on demand)
Thr, May 26, 7:30 pm | Soluna Festival
"Cervantes and Shakespeare—The
Break from Myth and Legend"
Dallas City Performance Hall
anniversary of the deaths of the great writers Cervantes and Shakespeare
provides an opportunity to celebrate their lasting influences in a semi-staged
performance of dance and theatrical music excerpted from Purcell- The Fairy
Queen, Boismortier- Don Quichotte, highlighting the humor and genius of these
giants. With guest
artist from Avant Chamber Ballet.
$10 students / Family Plan
Sep 15, 7:30 pm | Music from the Casa de
Caruth Auditorium, SMU
great art collections of Europe is that now featured in the Meadows Museum's Treasures from the House of Alba.
Musical works favored by the 18th c. family, some recently recovered in the
Liria Palace Archives by Artistic Director Grover Wilkins 3d, will receive
their modern premiéres. Featuring sopranos Anna Frederick Popova & Jendi
Tarde with the Orchestra.
/ $10 students/ Family Plan
Museum members FREE with Member #
students FREE with ID
Thr, Oct 15, 7 pm | William Walton
& Edith Sitwell
FAÇADE: An Entertainment
Hilton Dallas Park Cities, 5954
for cocktails (cash bar) dressed in your favorite jazz age outfit.
delightful compendium of popular 20s dance and song music on the
avant-garde 20s poetry of Dame Edith
Sitwell. Prepared by special request for The McNay Museum's exhibition of
Catalan Juan Miro during whose 1920's work with Surrealism, Façade was created.
Nancy Brunson & Edward J. Crafts, reciting.
/ $10 students
Oct 18, 2 pm | FAÇADE by
McNay Art Museum, San Antonio | free
Thr, Nov 5, 6:30 pm | Home and Garden I
Preston Hollow Home of Ginger &
Richard Savino, guitarist/lutenist.
Music for the renaissance vihuela
and baroque guitar.
nominated guitarist is the first call for many baroque and modern ensembles
throughout the US. He has worked extensively in Spanish archives not only to bring
to light, but establish as well the style of much Spanish music.
tapas, $75 (address with reservation)
Dec 13, 6:00 | Christmas at Christ the King Catholic Church
Cantatas & Villancicos
Garza, Michael Alonzo & Patrick Gnage
& Anna Popova, sopranos
and villancicos from the Royal Palace, Madrid, the Monastery at El Escorial and
Santiago de Cuba.
complimentary/ donations appreciated
Sat, Feb 13, 7:30 pm & Sun, Feb
14, 2:00 pm | Iphigenia en Tracia, A
City Performance Hall
Stage Premiére in Spanish and English, with supertitles.
tragi-comic opera set in the ancient city of Troy, presented with all the
panoply and splendor, dance and humor it would have enjoyed in Madrid's newly
rebuilt Corral de la Cruz in 1747. José de Nebra's ultimate zarzuela with
returning Mexican sopranos Carla Lopez Speziale and Eugenia Ramirez, our own
Anna Fredericka Popova and Leslie Hochman and Spanish dance and choreographer
Direction: Gustavo Tambascio; Sets: Nicolas Boni; Costumes: Antonio Bartolo
$100, $75, $50, and $25 / Students $10 / Family Plan
(included in season subscription)
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Sat, April 23 at 6:30 pm & Sun
April 24 at 2:30 pm
Cervantes & Shakespeare 1616 - 2016
Dallas Institute for the Humanities
2719 Routh St. Dallas TX 75201
Join us at the The Dallas Institute to celebrate in an event to commemorate 400
years since the death of the two great bards—Cervantes & Shakespeare—with
readings enacted by Shakespeare Dallas, and music of the time performed by
members of the Orchestra of New Spain. And the setting couldn't be
better, the opening of Cour Regard, the new addition to the campus of the
Institute, evocative of a Golden Age Elizabethan or Spanish theater! This
special event will include wine reception and tapas, just like our Home &
Garden events! Seating limited, reserve your place now!
Tickets: $35 Event Included in All Season
Thr, May 5, 6:30 pm | Home &
Home of Barbara & Don Daseke
One of the
most interesting of Dallas' unique non-traditional homes, the splendid teak
residence of Barbara & Don Daseke is an example of natural materials used
to create a green home as art gallery. You will see nothing like it anywhere.
It’s fine acoustics will showcase Quartet Gallant, in a program of Spanish
favorites including Boccherini, Albeniz, Chapí......
tapas, $75 (address with reservation)
Home & Garden II at Home of Mary McDermott Cook Once more Ms. Cook opens her home to the Orchestra and our intimate concerts. Wine, tapas, an unexpected musical treat.
The Rise of Opera at Caruth Auditorium, SMU This concert continues our exploration of music around the great art collection of the Casa de Alba and music in the time of Goya.
Villa y Corte at City Performance Hall, Dallas Arts District No less than today's Broadway Musical theater, Madrid' two public theaters were a dazzling source of light entertainment in the teeming 18th century capital. The tonadilla that started as an extremes between acts of straight plays, was a vocal showpiece for the most important stars of the day. The were so popular that they took on a life of their own, as you will hear in our production. With our own Jendi Tarde, Patrick Gnage, and Anna Frederika Popova, the return to our stage of Mexico’s Eugenia Ramirez, and the introduction of tenor Sergio Cepeda, the stage will explode with the tuneful, danced music of downtown Madrid, staged, danced and costumed by a remarkable Spanish production team. We’ll contrast the tonadilla with the symphonic works of Boccherini and Brunetti, the courtly music in demand at the music salon of the Palace at Aranjuez.
Preview of Villa y Corte at Meadows Museum In collaboration with the museum's exhibit of Goya's graphic works, the Orchestra presents a preview of its staged production of popular tonadillas contrasted with courtly music. Placed in the intimate setting of the Hamon gallery, "Town and Court" will provide a different glimpse of 18th century Spain, with small chamber ensemble, complimented with the dance that so infuses the popular theaters of Madrid. Featuring Spanish dancer Jaime Puente Exposito.
Christmas at Christ the King Catholic Church Bring the family and friends to this concert featuring villancicos of Antonio Soler and Bolivia’s Jesuit missions.
Valencia & the Burgundians at Zion Lutheran Church The great vein of renaissance choral music owes much to the Netherlands (Josquin) and Italy. But dramatically colorful works—images of war & nature —came from France (Janequin) & of the Spanish countryside from Valencia (Fletxa & Cárceres).
Día de la Raza with the Mexican Consul General at City Performance Hall, Dallas Arts District The Orchestra celebrates this international day of celebration with music from Peru, Guatamala and Mexico.
Home & Garden. Hosted by Enika & Richard Schulze From their home nestled in a quiet cul de sac in deep Preston Hollow, the Schulzes welcome the Quartet Galant and you to their salon to hear works from the Palace at Aranjuez played on period instruments.
The Orchestra turns this season to new ventures, in collaboration with Latin-Baroque fusion as an opener, then a staged production of Spanish dance and music of the 20th century, the Rise of Flamenco: Falla, Lorca and Sorolla, and ending the orchestral works with delightful tonadillas from Villa y Corte .
Latino Barroco A collaboration with Boston’s Latin-Baroque Fusion Ensemble Rumbarroco presenting Spanish music from Moorish/Sephardic roots, highlighting the African and indigenous roots of Iberoamerican music in songs, dances, joropos, fandangos, and tangos.
Home & Garden 1. Hosted by Margo and Jim Keyes the Hall Ensemble plays works of Bach, Leclair, Telemann and Zachow. Karen Hall recounts her teaching in Bolivia.
Requiem for a Fallen Leader, 1765 Requiem Mass of Francisco Courcelle, written on the occasion of the death of Austrian Emperor Francis I. This lyrical moving work recognizes the profound loss of a great leader on the 50th anniversary. In closing his life is celebrated with Courcelle’s 1776 Te Deum.
Christmas at Christ the King Catholic Church, lively villancicos of Padre Antonio Soler: El Angel y Demonio, Gallinero, Maestro de Gramatica; Xacara by Mexican priest Padillo, and Neylo (carol to black Jesus) from Brazil.
Flamenco in the Time of Sorolla at Meadows Museum in front of Sorolla’s Café de Novedades, a tablao performance with flamenco artists - guitar, dancers and cantaor as preview of staged production “The Rise of Flamenco.”
The Rise of Flamenco: Lorca, Falla, Sorolla, Andalusia 1920-39 The season was marked by the Orchestra’s second staged production, partnering with Dallas Flamenco Festival, DGDG, Dallas Ballet Folklorico, De Falla’s great Spanish drama, El Corregidor y la Molinera, and Lorca’s Canciones antiguas played by the Orchestra and danced by the company, tell the story, ending with an improvised tablao for entire cast and public.
Villa y Corte – Town and Court. Enlightenment Madrid celebrates music from Madrid’s public theatres - popular tonadillas for soloists and orchestra, and from the court at Aranjuez the symphonies of Boccherini.
Double piano works in Salon Concert. Piano duos by Artina McCain and Eldred Marshall in works of Debussy, Sarasate, Ravel, Messiaen and American composer, Taylor Perkinson.
Cupid’s New Weapons of Love
The season was marked by the Orchestra’s first fully staged production, the zarzuela of Sebastián Durón Nuevas armas de amor (Cupid’s New Weapons of Love) directed by Gustavo Tambascio (Spain), sets by Nicolas Boní (Argentina), costumes by Antonio Bartolo (Spain), starring Carla Lopez Speziale (Mexico), Irasema Terrazas (Mexico) and Anna Popov (Dallas). “…a masterful and constantly delightful production…”
The Orchestra began this season with its second Mexico visit, this time to the famous Cervantino, appearing in Querétaro’s Teatro del Republica, San Miguel Oratorio San Felipe Neri, and Guanajuato Templo de la Valenciana. touring
The fortepiano and classical flute, Christoph Hammer and Dorothea Seel in a salon concert: Donizetti, Neukomm, Hummel and Schubert
Mexican Tour to Festival Cervantino, works from Spain, Bolivia and Mexico. Domenico Zipoli, Missa Apóstoles; Santiago Billoni, Vespers Psalms; Juan Gutierrez de Padilla, A la Jácara, Jacarilla
Christmas at Christ the King Catholic Church. Francisco Courcelle Villancicos & Cantatas; José de Nebra Himno de Navidad; works of Sumaya, Salazar, Padilla
Boccherini and his Two Cellos Composers Luigi Boccherini and Francisco Courcelle both wrote works works featuring two cellos to play for the Royal court at Aranjuez. Boccherini Symphonies 5 & 6 and the Cello Concerto in G, Courcelle Lamentation for tenor and two cellos, featuring Eric Smith on cello.
This season was marked by the Orchestra’s first South American tour, by its appearance at the dedication of the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, and by its appearance at the American Choral Director’s Southwest Region Conference.
Evolution of the fortepiano, with works of Giustini, Mozart, Haydn and Shubert, with renowned forte pianist, Christoph Hammer
All-Hallows-Even to Halloween Boccherini “House of the devil”, Tartini “Devil’s sonata,” Vivaldi “Phantoms, ” and excerpts featuring Purcell’s “Sorceress and her Witches”
With the Spanish Royal Family in Matins for Christmas, Christ the King. Splendorous works of the Royal Court in Madrid and El Escorial. Soler Maestro de gramatica & Portugueses, Corelli, Vivaldi, and Navidad en Chiquitania Bolivia.
Valentine’s at Arlington Hall, Dallas’ emblematic Lee Park, featuring Strozzi’s Amour Dormigilione, Robert Valentine’s Sonata for Two Violins, Eine Kleine Nachtmusic, Robert de Visée, and Mozart arias.
Bridging the Trinity. The Orchestra celebrates the opening of the Calatrava designed Margaret Hunt Hill bridge over the Rio Santisima Trinidad withthe Courcelle Te Deum, Handel’s Water Music and Music for the Royal Fireworks—on the bridge deck!
ACDA Southwest Convention, Majestic Theater, Dallas Works to be presented in the Bolivia Spring 2012 tour. Courcelle Mass in D. Zipoli, Missa Apóstoles
Pastrana Tapestries and their music, Meadows Museum works of 15th Century Flanders and Valencia: Fletxa, Cárceres, Janequin, Josquin, Juan del Encina
Bolivian Tour: Festival International de Música Renacentista y Barroca Americana "Misiones de Chiquitos” Four concerts: Santa Cruz (2), San Ignacio, Concepción, of the ONS Chamber orchestra and chorus. Zipoli, Missa Apóstoles, Courcelle Missa Dirige me Domine, Juan Gutierrez de Padilla, Antonio Yanguas, music from the Archive at Moxos.
The Italian face of IberAmerican music with recently recovered Italian works from the baroque archives of Bolivia and Mexico. Zipoli, José Luis Rios, Joaquín Martínez de la Roca, Mateo Tollis de la Rocca
Renaissance Music of King Phillip II with the Crow Collection of Asian Art reflecting the “Black Currant” trade among Spain, Mexico and Japan in the 17th – 19th centuries.
Mareu Fletxa: La Feria, Bartomeu Cárceres: La Quinta Feria; Hernando Franco, Fructos de Castillo, Antonio de Salazar, Juan de Araujo
Spain, Mexico and Bolivia works for Christmas and Epiphany.
Antonio Soler Villancicos, Antonio de Salazar, Francisco Courcelle: Responsories; José Laso Valero
The Sacristy Codices of the Sistine Chapel music from the time of the manuscripts from Madrid and Toledo on loan to the Meadows Museum.
Victoria, Fletxa, Guerrero, Gesualdo
2009-2010 REFLECTIONS ON MEXICO
Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month: late medieval works illustrating pieces from Boston Museum on display at The Meadows Museum. Guillaume de Machault: Mass.
Music from the Mexican Baroque Part I Mix of Spanish and European popular and sacred work of Sumaya, Jerusalem, Zarate and from Nahuatl tradition
Also performed in the San Jose Mission and Museum of Art of San Antonio
Powell and Palmer in Concert, a jovial program of harpsichord duos and solos by Linton Powell and Larry Palmer. Antonio Soler, Domenico Scarlatti, François Couperin, Claude-Bénigne Balbastre, Jacques Ibert.
Feast of St. Nicholas: Matins in Madrid at Christ the King. Full orchestra, chorus and soloists, Nocturns of Courcelle and Nebra, villancicos of Antonio Soler, Jerusalem, Salazar
The Mexican Legacy, Music from the Mexican Baroque Part II. Works uncovered in California missions and works from time of King Carlos IV. Juan Corchado, Santiago Billoni Psalms, Jose Bernardo Abella Grijalva, Padilla
Two Strads are Better Than One The Crow Family Library featuring Emanuel Borak and his two students on Strads!
Music in the time of Sor Juana, Latino Cultural Center in a program to celebrate the legacy of Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz, in collaboration with Teatro Flor Candella & Patricia Urbina. Pedro Ruimonte, Juan Blas de Castro, Antonio Durán de la Mota, Matías Durango
2008-09 CELEBRATING 20 YEARS OF DISCOVERY
The Royal Palace at Aranjuez: on the edge of Classicism, with works of Boccherini, Brunetti, Haydn and Mozart played on pianoforte by Luis Sanchez.
Modern Music with Modern Drawings, Meadows Museum. Paying tribute to modernist works from the Juan Abello collection. Stravinsky Danses concertantes, Albeniz España, Wagner Siegfried Idyll, Poulenc La bal masque
Villancicos of Padre Soler, Guadalupe Cathedral
A Black Tie Evening with the Strings of the Orchestra, at home of Harlan & Kathy Crow. Bretón, Tomás, Chapí, Chueca, Corelli, Karl Jenkins, Massenet, Vaughan Williams, Vivaldi
Francisco Courcelle: The Italian Vespers and major works 18th c Spain, Nebra Miserere, Brunetti Sinfonia in E-flat
The Spanish and the French A program showing the ties between Spain and its kings of French Bourbon descent
Breaking the Mold: Paris 1917: Diego Rivera: The Cubist Portraits Meadows Museum.
Stravinsky Soldier’s Tale, semi-staged with dance
The Exhibit Tile Design in Valencia. Renaissance Valencian music with soloists and early wind instruments
Northern Trust’s Light up Lee Park Open the Christmas season with music, food, fireworks, media personalities
Christmas Concert at Zion Charpentier: Messe de Minuit, Courcelle: Responsorios de Maitines, Soler: Villancico Festivo el Jubilo
The Early Zarzuela: Sebastian Duron’s Nuevas armas de Amor with Texas Camerata
Concert version. And Boccherini flute quintet in D major
On the Road to Washington – Cantatas and tonadillas from 18th C Madrid
(concert performed in Dallas and National Gallery in Washington)
Lorca Canciones Antiguas, with Conte de Loyo Flamenco Theatre A production of flamenco dance with local and invited artists and Federico Garcia Lorca’s transcription of old Spanish canciones. At LCC
French baroque music in drawing room of Norman and Kelly Green
Mozart & The Gardeners of Aranjuez Premier of Pablo Esteve’s “Los Jardineros de Aranjuez” with soloist Eugenia Ramirez and Jennifer Kiser
Tientos y Tapas, Home of Barbara Bradfield with Linton Powell on Spanish pipe organ.
An Italian Christmas at The Meadows, with invited soloists from Dallas wind symphony with Respighi’s Laud to the Nativity and works from Spain’s Siglo de Oro
Music in the time of Balenciaga with collection of U of North Texas on exhibition at The Meadows. French and Spanish music that influenced the designer.
Season finale, Arlington Hall at Lee Park