In addition to being a vibrant community of faith, St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, located in the heart of the Museum District, is one of Houston’s most beautiful and treasured concert venues. Anchored by the St. Paul’s Choir, which has earned national acclaim in the Anglican choral tradition, the church regularly presents recitals and concerts of solo instrumental and vocal, chamber, choral and orchestral repertoire.

The annual Lenten Recital Series is presented by the  St. Paul’s Chamber Music Society, whose generous donors have supported music at St. Paul’s for over 30 years. We remain profoundly grateful to so many, including those outside the Houston area and around the country, who stay close to St. Paul’s with their support from afar. If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation or if you would like to receive notices about upcoming performances, please contact Dawn Uebelhart at 713-528-0527 or dawn@stpaulshouston.org.


2017 LENTEN RECITAL SERIES

Sponsored by the St. Paul’s Chamber Music Society | Free admission | Sanctuary

Thursday, March 2 | 12:15–1 pm Bryan Anderson (organist) St. Paul’s Organ Scholar presents selections from the repertoire of Bach, Widor, and Ireland

Thursday, March 2 | 12:15–1 pm
Bryan Anderson (organist)
St. Paul’s Organ Scholar presents selections from the repertoire of Bach, Widor, and Ireland

Thursday, March 9 | 12:15–1 pm Madeline Slettedahl (pianist) and Ben Lowe (baritone) St. Paul’s is the Houston stop on a national tour of the winners of the prestigious 2016 Marilyn Horne Song Competition at Music Academy of the West, Santa Barbara, CA

Thursday, March 9 | 12:15–1 pm
Madeline Slettedahl (pianist) and Ben Lowe (baritone) St. Paul’s is the Houston stop on a national tour of the winners of the prestigious 2016 Marilyn Horne Song Competition at Music Academy of the West, Santa Barbara, CA

Thursday, March 16 | 12:15–1 pm Houston Grand Opera Studio Artists Mane Galoyan (soprano), Sol Jin (baritone) and Kirill Kuzmin (pianist)

Thursday, March 16 | 12:15–1 pm
Houston Grand Opera Studio Artists
Mane Galoyan (soprano), Sol Jin (baritone) and Kirill Kuzmin (pianist)

Thursday, March 23 | 12:15–1 pm Da Camera of Houston Young Artists, part I Da Camera young Artists perform Mozart's tuneful Flute Quartet in D Major, K. 285, Shostakovich's stunning Duets for two violins and piano, and Beethoven's dramatic Violin Sonata No. 8. Amanda Galick, flute; Ling Ling Huang, violin; Sonya Matoussova, cello; and William Shaub, violin along with special guests Mei Rui, piano and Sergein Yap, viola. Concert presented in partnership with Houston Methodist Hospital.

Thursday, March 23 | 12:15–1 pm
Da Camera of Houston Young Artists, part I
Da Camera young Artists perform Mozart's tuneful Flute Quartet in D Major, K. 285, Shostakovich's stunning Duets for two violins and piano, and Beethoven's dramatic Violin Sonata No. 8. Amanda Galick, flute; Ling Ling Huang, violin; Sonya Matoussova, cello; and William Shaub, violin along with special guests Mei Rui, piano and Sergein Yap, viola. Concert presented in partnership with Houston Methodist Hospital.

Thursday, March 30 | 7–8 pm Da Camera of Houston Young Artists, part II Da Camera Young Artists perform masterworks from the Italian Baroque and the French Romantic Eras, concluding with the beautiful Dolorosa from Pergolesi's Stabat Mater. Works of Vivaldi, Venienne, Saint-Saens, and Debussy. Bethany Baxter, soprano; Kyle Comer, classical guitar; Callie Denbigh, mezzo-soprano; Wesley Ducote, piano; Amanda Galick, flute; Ingrid Hunter, violin; Sonya Matoussova, cello; Ben Roidl-Ward, bassoon; and William Shaub, violin along with special guests Abhijit Sengupta, viola and Sergein Yap, viola. Concert presented in partnership with Houston Methodist Hospital.

Thursday, March 30 | 7–8 pm
Da Camera of Houston Young Artists, part II
Da Camera Young Artists perform masterworks from the Italian Baroque and the French Romantic Eras, concluding with the beautiful Dolorosa from Pergolesi's Stabat Mater. Works of Vivaldi, Venienne, Saint-Saens, and Debussy. Bethany Baxter, soprano; Kyle Comer, classical guitar; Callie Denbigh, mezzo-soprano; Wesley Ducote, piano; Amanda Galick, flute; Ingrid Hunter, violin; Sonya Matoussova, cello; Ben Roidl-Ward, bassoon; and William Shaub, violin along with special guests Abhijit Sengupta, viola and Sergein Yap, viola. Concert presented in partnership with Houston Methodist Hospital.

Thursday, April  6 | 7–8 pm KINETIC string orchestra Formed in 2015, KINETIC, a conductorless string ensemble, is quickly making strides, attracting new audiences to the highest caliber of live music making

Thursday, April  6 | 7–8 pm
KINETIC string orchestra
Formed in 2015, KINETIC, a conductorless string ensemble, is quickly making strides, attracting new audiences to the highest caliber of live music making

 

SCHEDULED ARTISTS WITH COMPLETE BIOGRAPHIES

 

March 2 at 12:15pm - Bryan Anderson, St. Paul's Organ Scholar

Bryan Anderson is an organist native to Georgia.  Currently working toward a master's degree at Rice University under Ken Cowan, Bryan's undergraduate work was at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where he earned degrees in organ (studying with Alan Morrison) and harpsichord (with Leon Schelhase).  A rising concert artist, Bryan has performed at venues including the Kennedy Center, Verizon Hall in Philadelphia, Woolsey Hall at Yale, Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, Princeton University Chapel and the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York.  He has been featured in performance at conventions of the American Guild of Organists and the Organ Historical Society.  His recent positions have been as organist at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church and Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, as well serving as an assistant organist of the Wanamaker Grand Court Organ in Macy's department store for several years.  For the past year (2015-2016), Bryan held the post of Organ Scholar at Wells Cathedral in Somerset, England.  In addition to work at the organ, Bryan has enjoyed extensive collaboration as a chamber musician, performing many times as a continuo artist and ensemble pianist.

 

March 9 at 12:15pm - Winners of the 2016 Marilyn Horne Song Competition

Ben Lowe, baritone, 31, born in Anchorage, Alaska, is a graduate of University of California Los Angeles Herb Albert School of Music where he studied under Vladimir Chernov. Mr. Lowe received his undergraduate degree in music from California State University Dominguez Hills. He was the 2014 Winner of the Mu Phi Epsilon Performance Scholarship Competition and was a Finalist in the 2014 Palm Springs Opera Guild Vocal Competition. Mr. Lowe has been a featured soloist in many concert venues around the greater Los Angeles area, including Our Lady of Angels Cathedral, the Broad Stage, and Walt Disney Concert Hall. Mr. Lowe studied with Marilyn Horne at the Music Academy of the West where he performed the role of Bonobo in the west coast premiere of Matthew Aucoin’s Second Nature.

Madeline Slettedahl, piano, 24, born in Seattle, Washington, earned her master's at The Shepherd School of Music at Rice University in 2016. Ms. Slettedahl has worked with the Marrowstone Festival and Western Washington University, made her collaborative debut with the Icicle Creek Chamber Players, and premiered a work written for her by Roger Briggs. Production work includes rehearsal pianist for The Bartered Bride at Music Academy of the West under the baton of Matthew Aucoin, and rehearsal pianist for Opera in the Heights productions of Menotti's operas The Telephone and The Medium.  She most recently participated in Carnegie Hall’s 2017 The Song Continues series in masterclasses by Marilyn Horne, Margo Garrett, and Dame Felicity Lott. Ms. Slettedahl begins a two year residency with The Ryan Center at Lyric Opera of Chicago this May.
 

March 16 at 12:15pm - Houston Grand Opera Studio Artists

In summer 2015, Mane Galoyan won third place in the women’s voice division of the prestigious International Tchaikovsky Competition. Other prestigious awards include a 2014 prize in the Hans Gabor Belvedere Competition, and first prize in the 7th Bibigul Tulegenova International Singing Competition in Kazakhstan. She participated in HGO’s Young Artists Vocal Academy in 2013. This past summer, she sang Smorfiosa in Gassmann’s L’opera seria with Wolf Trap Opera.

Sol Jin was a Grand Prize winner in the 2016 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. Named as one of 25 rising opera stars by Opera News last October, he most recently performed at Carnegie Hall and with San Francisco Opera’s Merola Program as Germont in scenes from La traviata, the role with which he made his opera debut at Long Island Opera Company. He has also appeared in concert as Rodrigo in Don Carlo and Prince Yeletsky in The Queen of Spades and covered the title role in Gianni Schicchi with the Merola Program; he covered the title role in Ernest Bloch’s Macbeth with the Manhattan School of Music. Other credits include the Count in The Marriage of Figaro with Long Island Opera Company. He will perform the role of Germont in La traviata this summer with the Aspen Music Festival.

Moscow native Kirill Kuzmin began his piano training at the age of four. After graduation from the Moscow State Conservatory, he entered the Young Artists Program of the Bolshoi Theatre of Russia, and then worked for that company as a pianist and coach on numerous productions. In 2014–15, he served as an apprentice coach with San Francisco Opera’s Merola Program. He studied collaborative piano at the University of Michigan under Martin Katz. He has appeared in recital in many of the world’s most prestigious concert halls, including the Bolshoi Theatre Beethoven Hall and Carnegie Hall, where he collaborated on Marilyn Horne’s art song initiative, The Song Continues. In the summer of 2016, he joined Wolf Trap Opera as a coaching fellow, working on the company’s production of La bohème.

 

March 23 at 12:15pm - Da Camera Young Artists, Part I

The Da Camera Young Artists present a lighthearted concert featuring the music of Mozart, Shostakovich, and Beethoven.
Members of the Da Camera Young Artist Program for this recital include Amanda Galick, flute; Ling Ling Huang, violin; Sonya Matoussova, cello; and William Shaub, violin along with special guests. Meet the Young Artists at dacamera.com.

In 2009, Da Camera of Houston launched the Young Artist Program, a chamber music professional development program for instrumentalists, singers, and composers. The Young Artist Program is designed to provide career-expanding experiences and training to the next generation of artists and educators, encouraging them to advocate for music in the community throughout their careers. After being chosen through a rigorous audition process by a committee of local musicians and educators, Da Camera Young Artists participate in an exciting variety of performances, workshops and school visits. They perform in traditional concert halls, museums and schools.

This concert is presented in partnership with Houston Methodist Hospital.

 

 

March 30 at 7pm - Da Camera Young Artists, Part II

The Da Camera Young Artists present an evening concert of lyrical masterworks from the Baroque Era and beyond—including compositions by Vivaldi, Pergolesi, and Rachmaninov.

Members of the Da Camera Young Artist Program for this recital include Bethany Baxter, soprano; Kyle Comer, classical guitar; Callie Denbigh, mezzo-soprano; Wesley Ducote, piano; Amanda Galick, flute; Ingrid Hunter, violin; Sonya Matoussova, cello; Ben Roidl-Ward, bassoon; and William Shaub, violinalong with special guests. Meet the Young Artists at dacamera.com.

In 2009, Da Camera of Houston launched the Young Artist Program, a chamber music professional development program for instrumentalists, singers, and composers. The Young Artist Program is designed to provide career-expanding experiences and training to the next generation of artists and educators, encouraging them to advocate for music in the community throughout their careers. After being chosen through a rigorous audition process by a committee of local musicians and educators, Da Camera Young Artists participate in an exciting variety of performances, workshops and school visits. They perform in traditional concert halls, museums and schools.

Concert presented in partnership with Houston Methodist Hospital.


 

 

April 6 at 7pm - KINETIC Strings

Formed in 2015, KINETIC is quickly making strides in their American home base of Houston, Texas, attracting new audiences to the highest caliber of live music making through their collaborative approach. A new conductorless string ensemble, KINETIC aspires to enrich the musical vibrancy of Houston’s cultural landscape by providing live performances, distinct programming, and interactive learning experiences. With a strong emphasis on chamber music-making, KINETIC’s unique flexibility to size down to various smaller formations, as well as fill out to as many as sixteen players, allows them to explore the unique sound worlds of strings: from the intimacy of the quartet to the full force of an orchestra.

Having recently completed its inaugural concert season, KINETIC already boasts an impressive and versatile repertoire, including chamber and larger orchestra works by Benjamin Britten, Igor Stravinsky, Ernest Bloch, Grażyna Bacewicz, Leoš Janáček and Eugène Ysaÿe, as well as world premieres by rising American composers Daniel Knaggs and Thomas Dougherty. The ensemble’s thoughtfully curated programs give platform to under-represented works in the classical repertoire, and through commissions, they expand the breadth of the string ensemble genre for the benefit of our and future generations.

Equally at home on the concert stage and in less traditional performance spaces, KINETIC's eagerness to bring classical music to a wide array of communities has led to a partnership with Houston Methodist Hospital’s Center for Performing Arts Medicine (CPAM) as well as with local public schools in presenting musical outreach events. KINETIC is the recipient of the Sviatoslav Richter Fund for Music Outreach, awarded by Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music. The ensemble has been featured on Houston Public Media’s KUHF and Classical 91.7, Houston Chronicle and Arts & Culture Texas Magazine.