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Peter Schickele Concert Schedule

Even after more than fifty years of concert touring, Peter Schickele is still presenting some concerts of music by P.D.Q. Bach, or of his own music, or sometimes both at once.  This season features continuing performances of the premiere of P.D.Q. Bach’s newly-discovered yet massive Concerto for Simply Grand Piano and Orchestra, performed by pianist Jeffrey Biegel.  Peter Schickele will not be performing in this work, but they are listed here due to their historical importance to the P.D.Q. Bach oeuvre.  Upcoming concert appearances featuring Peter Schickele are being planned and will be added to the list here as soon as the details are nailed down. To make sure you never miss a concert, sign up for our mailing list.

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)

November 4, 2017, Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Jeffrey Biegel, piano, plays P.D.Q. Bach’s Concerto for Simply Grand Piano and Orchestra with the Empire State Youth Orchestras, conducted by Helen Cha-Pyo.  The program also includes Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 5. (Note:  Prof. Schickele does not appear in these performances of the newly-discovered Concerto.) Troy Savings Bank Music Hall
30 2nd Street
Troy, New York
518-382-7581
http://esyo.org/event/november-4-youth-orchestra/
November 11, 2017, Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Jeffrey Biegel, piano, plays P.D.Q. Bach’s Concerto for Simply Grand Piano and Orchestra with the Arkansas Philharmonic, conducted by Steven Byess.  Also on the program are favorites by Offenbach, Mozart, Khachaturian, Elgar, and Dukas. (Note:  Prof. Schickele does not appear in these performances of the newly-discovered Concerto.)
 
Arends Arts Center
1901 Southeast J Street, Bentonville, Arkansas
479-841-4644
http://www.arphil.org/
January 28, 2018, Sunday at 7:00 p.m. Jeffrey Biegel, piano, plays P.D.Q. Bach’s Concerto for Simply Grand Piano and Orchestra with the Youth Orchestras of San Antonio, conducted by Troy Peters.  The program also includes Bernstein’s Candide Overture and Kodály’s Háry János Suite. (Note:  Prof. Schickele does not appear in these performances of the newly-discovered Concerto.)

Tobin Center for the Performing Arts
100 Auditorium Circle
San Antonio, Texas
210-223-8624
http://www.yosa.org/
April 8, 2018, Sunday at 4:00 p.m. Jeffrey Biegel, piano, plays P.D.Q. Bach’s Concerto for Simply Grand Piano and Orchestra with the Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, conducted by William Schrickel.  The concert also features another P.D.Q. Bach work, the 1712 Overture as well as Lutoslawski’s Concerto for Orchestra. (Note:  Prof. Schickele does not appear in these performances of the newly-discovered Concerto.) Roseville Lutheran Church
1215 Roselawn Avenue West
Roseville, Minnesota
612-567-6724
http://msomn.org
May 19, 2018, Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Jeffrey Biegel, piano, plays P.D.Q. Bach’s Concerto for Simply Grand Piano and Orchestra with Orchestra Kentucky, conducted by Jeffrey Reed.  Also on the program:  J. S. Bach’s Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, Milhaud’s Le Boeuf sur let toit accompanying a Charlie Chaplin film, the world premiere of Dick Tunney’s Bacharach Concerto. and other music of Burt Bacharach. (Note:  Prof. Schickele does not appear in these performances of the newly-discovered Concerto.) The Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center
601 College Street
Bowling Green, Kentucky
270-846-2426
http://orchestrakentucky.com/event/bach-bacharach/

Also see Peter Schickele’s Nonappearances,
performances of Peter Schickele and P.D.Q. Bach music by other fine musicians

the program for the Golden Anniversary concert in 2015

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
Bill Bowler
Opus 3 Artists

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