Project Hope: Meet the Artists Reception

Thursday, April 27, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Sundermann Gallery

This spring St. Matthew’s Cathedral Arts launched a new initiative in collaboration with two Dallas area visual media artists, to provide a safe and encouraging creative space for those who most need hope and inspiration in their lives. Recently awarded a Special Support Grant from the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs, this pilot project has offered a free open art studio to uniquely serve the homeless community.

Local visual artists Cristina Estrella Riggs and Jessica L. Bell have utilized dedicated space and the Sundermann Gallery to create, exhibit and offer for sale original artwork by homeless Dallas citizens as a means to improve connections with their community and possibly generate income, at no cost to the participants. The artwork will be displayed through May 19.

You are cordially invited!

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Cathedral Arts Choral Artists sing at Church of the Incarnation


Join the Cathedral Arts Choral Artists for Choral Evensong at the
Episcopal Church of the Incarnation
3966 McKinney Avenue in Uptown Dallas
Sunday, May 7 at 5:00 pm
H. Michie Akin, conductor
Keith Franks, organist
 
Program:
Preces and Responses – Stephen Caracciolo
Psalms 103 – Chant by H. Walford Davies
Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis on Plainsong Tones – Arthur Wills
Anthem – How Beauteous Are Their Feet – Charles Villiers Stanford

 

Evensong is said or sung in cathedrals, chapels and churches around the Anglican Communion every evening throughout the year. Archbishop Thomas Cranmer (1489–1556) created the service for the Book of Common Prayer by fusing together the monastic evening offices of Vespers and Compline. Word and music join together: each enriching the other so that our senses and intellects, our hearts and minds, work together to draw us closer to God and give us a glimpse of God’s glory. The music of Evensong, like the architecture of the Cathedral, is art that is finely-wrought. The choir offers its music on behalf of the rest of the community. As we allow it to draw us into its life, we awaken to a new discovery of God’s love.

Visit the Episcopal Church of the Incarnation HERE.

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Final Choral Evensong of the Season!

 

Sunday, May 21 in the Cathedral Church
3:30 pm:
Organ Recital Prelude
Dr. Damin Spritzer, Cathedral Arts Artist-in-Residence
4:00 pm:
Evensong Service
Cathedral Arts Choral Artists
Monica Awbrey, conductor
Keith Franks, organist

Program:
Introit – Sing Joyfully – William Byrd
Preces and Responses – Stephen Caracciolo
Psalms 34 – Anglican Chant
Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis (Mt. St. Albans) – David Hogan
Anthem: The Lord Is My Light – Peter Hallock

Free parking and admission
Wine reception follows the service in the Justus Sundermann Gallery

 

About Evensong:
Drawn from the 17th century, participants are invited to enter into a sacred space of reflection through music, scripture, and prayers that have shaped Christian lives for hundreds of years.

Bring a friend! All are welcome!

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Piano Recital Tuesday, May 23 at 7:00 pm

Presenting Thiago Nascimento in Recital
Tuesday, May 23 at 7:00 pm
Justus Sundermann Gallery
Free parking and admission

Join us for the first public performance on the new Schimmel concert grand piano!

Program:

Chopin:
Waltz, Op. 64, No. 1 in Db (“Minute”)
Waltz, Op. 34, No.1 in Ab
Etude, Op. 10, No. 3 in E
Etude, Op. 10, No. 1 in C
Etude, Op. 25, No. 1 in Ab
Nocturne, Op. Posth. in c#
Etude, Op. 10, No. 4 in c#
Polonaise, Op. 53, No. 6 in Ab

Gershwin:
Improvisation on I’ve Got Rhythm
Improvisation on Summertime
Three Preludes for Solo Piano

Mozart:
Turkish March from Piano Sonata No. 11 in A, K. 331 (paraphrase by Arcadi Volodos)

About the artist:  

Thiago Nascimento is a pianist praised for his innate musicality, impressive technique, and ability to improvise in a variety of styles. Born in Brazil, he was raised in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. His unique talents span classical piano technique, expressive musicality, “stride” jazz piano, improvisation and composition. In addition, his comedic nature and ability to seamlessly integrate slapstick comedy and combine any melodic fragment into any other piece of music on the spur of the moment (no matter how serious or inappropriate) inevitably brings to mind visions of a young Victor Borge.

Belying his fluency of pianistic gymnastics, which might lead one to believe his first toy as a child was a grand piano, Mr. Nascimento in fact only began teaching himself how to play piano at the age of thirteen and began studying classical piano with a teacher at fifteen, an age when most child prodigies are already entering their mid-life crisis. Nonetheless, after a year of study, he was accepted into Dallas’ Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts.

He began his college studies at Peabody Conservatory and continued them at Southern Methodist University, where he graduated in 2008 with a Bachelor of Music degree as a student of Alessio Bax.

Thiago currently works as a professional pianist in the DFW area, equally at home is the realms of classical, jazz, ballet, and musical theater.

Visit Thiago Nascimento on Facebook HERE.

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Spring 2017 Newsletter: The Fifth Season in Review!

Click HERE to view and print the Spring 2017 SMCA Newsletter!

 

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Become a Pillar of Cathedral Arts

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Check out the recent SMCA Newsletter
then read the Pillar Campaign appeal letter and learn how you can participate!

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Currently in the Sundermann Gallery: Project Hope

New Sundermann Gallery Exhibit: Project Hope


Through March 31

Free public parking and admission


Jessica L. Bell                                           Cristina Estrella Riggs

St. Matthew’s Cathedral Arts is preparing to launch a new initiative in collaboration with two Dallas-area visual media artists, to provide a safe and encouraging creative space for those who most need hope and inspiration in their lives. Recently awarded a Special Support Grant from the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs, a pilot project in the Spring of 2017 will offer a free open art studio to uniquely serve the homeless community. Local visual artists Cristina Estrella Riggs and Jessica L. Bell will utilize dedicated space and the Sundermann Gallery to create, exhibit and sell original artwork by homeless Dallas citizens as a means to improve connections with their community and possibly generate income, at no cost to the participants.

In preparation for this project, Jessica Bell and Cristina Riggs will present a special Sundermann Gallery exhibition of their own artworks, chosen to reflect the theme of this important new initiative. You are cordially invited!

Artist Jessica Bell
Bell’s studies lead her to first complete an Associate of Science degree in Fine Arts at Niagara County Community College. Her journey as an artist did not end there. Her thirst for artistic enlightenment continued at SUNY Buffalo State where she completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Art Education. While in residence she began to sell her work professionally within the community, resulting in her successful participation in the International Banner Exhibition in 2007. After completing her undergraduate studies, Bell immediately followed her professional pursuits with a Master of Sciences in Education with a degree in Art Education from SUNY New Paltz.  In 2010 Bell was a guest presenter at the SUNY New Paltz USSEA Conference where she presented her philosophy on “The Importance of Quality Arts Curriculum”. In 2012 Bell was an honorable guest speaker at the NYSAFLT Rochester Regional Conference where she presented on “Approaches to teaching foreign language through the arts”.  During this time Bell received advanced certification of study from SUNY Fredonia in language acquisition while working professionally as a full-time educator in upstate New York and as an exhibition artist. For several years Bell has traveled abroad to Spain as an instructor, embracing Spanish culture in her art. While in Spain, Bell obtained a certificate of study from the Universidad Castellán. Bell continues her decade-long career as a professional artist and arts educator in Dallas as a certified Visual Arts instructor and freelance artist in 2D/3D art and graphic design. Visit Jessica Bell online HERE.

Artist Cristina Riggs
Cristina Estrella Riggs is a teaching artist born in Del Rio, Texas-Mexican border. Riggs graduated in 2013 with a BFA in Visual Arts Studies from the University of Texas at Austin.  Previous training includes color theory and life drawing at the New Orleans Academy of Fine Art and painting at the Art School at Laguna Gloria in Austin, Texas. Her artistic practice began with a passion for art and the purpose has become to share art with her students and community. Riggs currently lives and works in Dallas, Texas. Visit Cristina Riggs online HERE.


St. Matthew’s Cathedral Arts is supported in part by the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs and the Texas Commission on the Arts.

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Presenting Artist-in-Residence Damin Spritzer

After an appointment as Visiting Professor of Music at the University of Oklahoma in the fall of 2014, Dr. Damin Spritzer was appointed full-time Assistant Professor of Organ at OU in 2015. She is honored to serve the Cathedral Church of Saint Matthew in Dallas as Artist-in-Residence for St. Matthew’s Cathedral Arts and was recently named an Adjunct Professor at the University of North Texas, teaching Organ Literature and Sacred Music.

Praised for “enormous sensitivity and musicianship” by the AAM Journal and hailed as “elegantly assured” by the Dallas Morning News, recent and upcoming recital appearances include performances in Italy; Weimar, Rötha, Erfurt and Leipzig in Germany; Orléans, France; Sao Paolo and Sao Bernardo in Brazil; and New York, Arkansas, Colorado, Oklahoma, Kentucky, California, Illinois, South Carolina, Massachusetts, and Texas in the U.S.

In 2011, Dr. Spritzer released a world premiere commercial recording of the music of René Louis Becker, recorded in Pithiviers, France in 2010 at the newly renovated historic Cavaillé-Coll organ of the church of Saint-Salomon-Saint-Gregoire de Pithiviers. Choir & Organ magazine gave it five stars, writing that “Damin Spritzer serves both instrument and music well, alert to the music’s lyrical mien and harmonic muscle, negotiating the III/49 machine with an easy command of drama and a real feeling for Becker’s melody-led, cleanly-executed music… A second volume is eagerly awaited.” The AAM Journal wrote, “The music comes alive under her touch! This recording is a delight…” And a review from Classical Music Sentinel praised the recording, saying “…Damin Spritzer drives the music along with plenty of forward momentum, which adds a singing quality to the melodic lines and an assured rhythmic movement to the toccatas and marches … the final glorious chord of the Marche Triomphale will make you glad you’re alive.”

Her second volume of Becker’s organ music, recorded in Orléans, France in 2013 at the Cathédrale Sainte-Croix d’Orléans, received four stars from Choir & Organ, and the following praise from Classical Music Sentinel: “…Spritzer jumps right into the action with an assured confidence and refined musicality that quite simply reinforces the high level of craftsmanship and beauty inherent to the music of composer René Louis Becker…The opening Toccata in B-flat alone, which could easily intimidate many organists with its agitated left-hand and busy pedal work, moves forward at quite a pace under Spritzer’s command, and thus reveals its determined musical lines, all leading to a powerful finish…her choice of registration for the softly tender Cantilène, Op. 63 demonstrates an organist who knows how to balance colors on a sonic canvas… Both volumes belong on the shelves of all organ music enthusiasts.”

Dr. Spritzer has been heard on Michael Barone’s nationally-syndicated Pipedreams® radio broadcast on numerous programs and on Pipedreams: Live! performances. Tracks from her CDs have been broadcast in Rochester, New York; Montreal, Quebec; the Netherlands; SiriusXM 129; and on WRR 101.1 in Dallas, Texas.

Her Doctor of Musical Arts degree was received from the University of North Texas. She received her Master of Music in Organ Performance from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York and her Bachelor of Music in Organ Performance from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Leupold Foundation, which is dedicated to the preservation of pipe organ music and culture. Dr. Spritzer presently serves as Sub-Dean for the Southern Plains Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.

Visit Damin Spritzer online HERE.

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