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Rachel Davies – November 16, 2019

The Puccini Society of Dallas Presents

Mezzo Soprano, Rachel Davies

Mezzo Soprano
Rachel Davies

In a program of

arias and songs

Nov. 16 at 3:00 p.m.

at the home of
Susan and Mark Geyer
3232 Wentwood Dr.
Dallas, TX 75225

members $25  – non members $30
Valet Parking

R.S.V.P. to Bettie Francis
at 214.528.4554 or
P.O. Box 25105
Dallas, TX 75225 or
puccinisociety @ aol.com

Rachel Davies, North Texas mezzo-soprano and 2019 Semifinalist in Classical Singer Magazine’s National Vocal Competition, is a skilled interpreter of works both musical and literary. As a performer, a teacher, and the Co-Founder & Artistic Director of the immersive and innovative Promenade Opera Project, she is committed to creating performances that invite people to the conversations about the Truth through thoughtful and honest story-telling. She is an active performer in North Texas and the Northeast and studies with Jeffrey Gavett.

https://www.racheljdavies.com

The Puccini Society of Dallas
P.O. Box 25105
Dallas, TX 75225

http://www.puccinidallas.com

Francisco Bedoy – October 19, 2019

The Puccini Society of Dallas Presents

Francisco Bedoy, Tenor

Saturday,
October 19, 2019
3:00PM

Hosted by Doug Haloftis
4626 Cherokee Trail
Dallas, TX 75209

Valet Parking
Guests $30
Members $25

R.S.V.P. to Bettie Francis
at 214.528.4554 or
P.O. Box 25105
Dallas, TX 75225 or

http://www.puccinidallas.com

Puccini Friends:

I look forward to our first program of the year scheduled for Sat., Oct. 19 at the lovely home of Doug Haloftis, 4626 Cherokee Trail (in Bluff View).  Doug is always a gracious host and his art filled home is a lovely place to meet. Our program features a young tenor, Francisco Bedoy, who recently came to Dallas after completing a Masters of Music degree at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Joining Francisco is Stephen Dubberly, from the opera department at UNT, who is always a favorite.  

Francisco Bedoy, Tenor

Francisco Bedoy grew up in Mexico and specializes in songs from his native country.  Stephen grew up in Uruguay and is very familiar with songs from that country, so their program will focus on both these genres.  This promises to be a delightful afternoon of wonderful music which will also feature familiar Italian arias.

Most have renewed their membership for this year, but if you have not yet renewed, please do so!  You may mail your renewal check to Puccini Society of Dallas, P.O. Box 25105, Dallas 75225.Our program charge is the usual $25 which could also be mailed to that address. Dues for a year are $35 per person and $70 for a couple.  It is always helpful to receive your reservation in advance of the event to plan for adequate seating and food.
I look forward to seeing everyone following the summer months, and I’m sure you will enjoy this outstanding afternoon of special music.

Marilyn Halla

Puccini Society 2019/2020 Season

Hello friends!  We’re definitely at the end of summer this weekend, and most groups are well into their plans for the coming year.  While I was in Santa Fe I contacted several singers whom we want to have this year, and whom I had talked with previously.  It looks like another good year of programs.  I sent out our dates and the singers made their choices. We can still book one more program if anyone has suggestions.

This is what it looks like so far:

  • Oct. 19;  Francisco Bedoy, tenor
  • Nov. 16; Rachel Davies, mezzo
  • Dec. 14; Julie Johnson, mezzo at the home of Linda and Tom Smith
  • Jan. 18 or 25; Mary Dibbern with Gabby Gifford and Malcom Payne, baritone
  • Feb. 15 or March 21; hopefully Lauren McNeese, sop. singing Strauss songs
  • April 18; Josefina Maldonado, soprano

I look forward to seeing everyone again soon, and welcome any suggestions. 

I hope everyone has had a good summer,

Marilyn Halla

Wind Song Trio – January 13, 2019

The Puccini Society of Dallas Presents

The Wind Song Trio
Haley Sicking, Soprano,
Robin Korevaar, Clarinet, and
Jonathan Tsay, Piano

Sunday, January 13, 2019, 3:00PM

Hosted by Bill and Leslie Cornog
6812 Hunter’s Glen Road
Dallas, TX 75205

Valet Parking
Guests $30 – Members $25

R.S.V.P. to Bettie Francis
P.O. Box 25105
Dallas, TX 75225 or
puccinisociety @ aol.com
http://www.puccinidallas.com

Haley Sicking

Puccini Friends:  Happy New Year!  We begin the new year with a program presented by the Wind Song Trio on Sunday ( not the usual Sat.) afternoon, Jan. 13.  You may recall this trio presented our program a few years back at the home of Faye Briggs and were enthusiastically received by all.

Haley Sicking, soprano recently sang on the program given in conjunction with the Dallas Opera’s Women Conductors Symposium with the Dallas Opera Orchestra under the direction of Emmanuel Villaume.  She will sing for us along with Robin Korevaar, clarinet and Jonathan Tsay, piano.  This fine professional trio has presented various programs throughout the community, among which is the Basically Beethoven summer series at the Moody Performance Hall.

Our program is given in memory of our well remembered member, Gus Hoehn.  Gus was a music enthusiast and life long clarinet player in addition to being a successful engineer.  Many of Gus’ friends will join us to remember and honor him.

We meet at the lovely, art filled home of Bill and Leslie Cornog, 6— Hunter’s Glen, 75205, at our regular 3:00 time.  I hope to see you there!

Marilyn Halla

2018-19 Programs

PUCCINI SOCIETY PROGRAMS 2018-19

  • Sept. 22:
    Jackie Lengfelder, soprano and Ted Carlson, baritone, Mary Dibbern, pianist
    Linda and Tom Smith hosts
  • Oct. 13:
    Students of Barbara Hill Moore
    Hosted by Antony and Katherine Francis
  • Nov. 17:
    Tamora Wood, mezzo soprano and Darla Mattern, soprano
    Tommy DeSalvo, pianist
    Eleanor Krebs, host
  • Dec. 8:
    Courtney Stancil, soprano and Charles Karanja, tenor,
    Mary Dibbern, pianist
    Nancy Ashley, hostess
  • January date TBA:
    Wind Song Trio
    Gus Hoehn Memorial Concert
  • Feb. 10:
    Opera in Concert Gala
    Edward Crafts, baritone
    Barbara Bradfield, hostess
  • Feb. 23:
    Stephen Dubberly lecture on Puccini’s “Manon Lescot”
    Location TBA
  • May:
    Puccini Party
    Ed Flaspoehler performs Gregory Isaacs’ flute sonata
    Bettie Francis, hostess

Programs for 2015-2016

The Puccini Society of Dallas – Programs for 2015-2016

Portrait of Giacomo Puccini by Anne Cushing Ganz

Portrait of Giacomo Puccini by Anne Cushing Ganz

Our Puccini Society board met recently to work on plans for the coming year.

Our new season will begin October 10 at Enika and Richard Schulze’s lovely home, with an event announcing the release of Jared Schwartz’s new CD by Toccata Classics/London of Gabriel Faure’s Songs for Bass Voice and Piano.  Accompanying Jared on the CD is Roy Howat, Scottish pianist and musicologist, who is known worldwide for his concerts, broadcasts and lectures.  Our own renowned Mary Dibbern is Artistic Director for the album, which is scheduled to be released in late September.

In addition, we will feature Mary Dibbern’s latest book, “Massenet and his Letters,” by Pendragon Press.  The original book of the composer’s letters was published in French in 2001 by his descendant, Ann Massenet.  Mary has translated the book into English.  It features letters and documents from the composer’s son-in-law and wife, whose long and frequent spa cures forced Massenet to experience unbearable solitude.  Our gathering will celebrate French composers and art songs.

On March 19 we are planning a joint meeting with The Wagner Society of Dallas, featuring noted opera lecturer Desiree Mays from Santa Fe.  Many of you may have attended her pre-performance lectures during The Santa Fe Opera season.  In addition, Ms. Mays gives pre-performance lectures at The Metropolitan Opera and The San Francisco Opera and leads opera tours for Act I Travel.  She also publishes “Opera Unveiled” each spring, giving an overview and synopsis of The Santa Fe Opera season.

Ms. Mays has prepared a new lecture on the recently discovered story of the actual Madam Butterfly and her real son.  She will lecture on this at The Metropolitan Opera later in March.  Our program will feature her Puccini lecture followed by our usual reception and then a lecture, “Wagner’s Women,” which she presented to The Wagner Society in San Francisco in 2014 to great acclaim.  Everyone is welcome to attend both lectures.

On April 3 we will co-sponsor a very special event with The Dallas Opera Guild and The Dallas Theater Center Guild.  It will be at the home of Kathy and Harlan Crow in their Presidential Library and concert hall.  With The Dallas Opera production of “Show Boat” just ready to open, our program will compare Broadway musicals with opera.  The Dallas Theater Center is presenting two musicals this season:  “Moonshine” and “Dream Girls”.  Broadway pianist and conductor David Geist of Santa Fe will present a program, which he wrote for The Santa Fe Opera Guild last year.  Stay tuned for details and information on this very special collaboration.

Of course, we will also present outstanding singers, who will sing Puccini arias in our other programs this season.  One of these programs will feature Edward and Heather Crafts’ young area students whom we helped sponsor in their summer program Musica Nelle Marche in Urbino, Italy, this year. Please plan to join us for all these outstanding programs next season.