Choral Concert: Oklahoma Bach Choir

About the Program

Thursday, June 29, 2023 – 3:30pm
Holy Family Cathedral, Tulsa, Oklahoma

Leipzig 300

This concert celebrates the 300th anniversary of Bach assuming the post of Thomaskantor in Leipzig. The two cantatas on this concert were performed on July 2, 1723 for the feast of The Visitation, one of the Marian feasts observed in the Lutheran Church.

Meine Seel erhebt den Herren, BWV 10

Fuga sopra il Magnificat, BWV 733 (organ solo)

Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, BWV 147

Oklahoma Bach Choir
Joseph Arndt, conductor
Bryan Anderson, organ
Caleb Hudson, trumpet
Meray Boustani, soprano
Erin Roth Thomas, mezzo-soprano
Nicholas Garza, countertenor
Keith Lathrom, tenor
Jason Awbrey, bass

This concert is generously sponsored by Tom and Kay Owens.

About the Performers

Joseph Arndt is Music Director at Saint John’s Episcopal Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  During his tenure he led the campaign for the 2018 chancel organ, Opus 173 by Schoenstein & Co. He founded the Oklahoma Bach Choir, an ensemble dedicated to performing the sacred vocal works of J. S. Bach with period instruments. A graduate of The Juilliard School (MM) and Westminster Choir College (BM), he studied organ with Paul Jacobs, Ken Cowan, and Diane Meredith Belcher. To celebrate the bicentennial of César Franck, he performed the composer’s organ works with a tour including performances in Houston, Fort Worth, New York City, Seattle, Denver, and Tulsa. Additional recent solo recitals have been given at Church of the Advent in Boston and Grace Cathedral in San Francisco.

Bryan Anderson is Director of Music at St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church and School in Houston, TX. The Diapason named him to its “20 under 30” Class of 2017. In 2021 he took 3 rd prize and the Robilliard prize at the Canadian International Organ Competition, and in 2019 he won the Firmin Swinnen Second Prize at the Longwood Gardens Organ Competition. A graduate of Rice University and the Curtis Institute of Music, his recent collaborative and chamber music appearances include
Mercury Chamber Orchestra, Harmonia Stellarum, Oklahoma Bach Choir, Kentucky Baroque Trumpets, the viols of Les Touches, Houston Grand Opera, and with trumpeters Christopher Martin and Barbara Butler.

Caleb Hudson is the newest member of the Canadian Brass, having graduated from The Juilliard School with both Bachelor and Master of Music degrees. Acclaimed by the New York Times as ‘brilliantly stylish,’ Caleb has performed as an international soloist, including a recital that was
broadcast nationally on NPR’s Performance Today. Caleb is Assistant Professor of Trumpet at the prestigious University of North Texas College of Music, where he is devoted to teaching and sharing his love for music with students.

“Sung fetchingly” was the description The New York Times gave Meray Boustani’s performance of Berlin Songs composed by, fellow native Tulsan, Noam Faingold. She has been engaged as a soprano soloist in many oratorio works including Haydn’s Mass in Time of War and Stabat Mater, Fauré’s Requiem, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Handel’s Messiah and Solomon, Beethoven’s Mass in C major, and Mozart’s Great Mass in C minor. Her operatic roles include Thérèse/Tirésias in Francis Poulenc’s Les Mamelles de Tirésias, A Lady with a Cake Box in Dominick Argento’s Postcard from Morocco, Suzel in L’Amico Fritz, Despina in Così fan tutte, and Belinda in Dido and Æneas. An enthusiastic recitalist, Ms. Boustani has had the opportunity to collaborate with some of Tulsa’s finest artists including poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko in Between the City of Yes and the City of No, Trio Aleszky in the University of Arkansas’ KUAF/ Fulbright Chamber Music Festival, Whitney Hollis in Saint John’s Music at Midday series, Lyndon Meyer in the University of Tulsa’s Brown Bag It series, and Joseph Arndt and the Oklahoma Bach Choir as soloist in BWV 1, 4, 10, 51, 62, 140, and 147. She is an a djunct faculty member at the University of Tulsa School of Music.

Characterized by The Dallas Morning News as a “countertenor full and fluent, glowing on top, dispensed with the loveliest legato,” Nicholas Garza has been hailed for intimate, engaging performances across the United States, Mexico, and Canada. An early music specialist, Garza has performed with ensembles including the Oklahoma Bach Choir, Ars Lyrica, Chicago Arts Orchestra, ensemble viii, Spire Ensemble, Austin Baroque Orchestra, Tactus, and Mountainside Baroque, among others. In the 2022–2023 season, he’s excited to perform Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, and J. S. Bach’s Cantatas 4 and 10 with the Oklahoma Bach Choir. A Harlingen, Texas native, Garza studied at the University of Texas at Arlington under Jing Ling-Tam and David Grogan. For more
information, visit www.nicholasgarza.com.

Praised for possessing “a voice of surprising power and emotion” (TheaterJones), and “great dignity and a gorgeous mezzo, finely finished and expressive” (Dallas Morning News), lyric mezzo soprano Erin Roth Thomas regularly performs as a featured soloist with some of the finest ensembles in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, singing a vast repertoire that spans from early to 20th century music. Equally comfortable on the opera stage, Erin has performed numerous roles, including Pitti-Sing in The Mikado, Prince Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus, The Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors, and Hansel in Hansel and Gretel. This season, Erin is engaged to sing with American Baroque Opera Company, Denton Bach Society, Plano Symphony Orchestra, Orpheus Chamber Singers, Lafayette
Musicians, Fort Worth Chorale, and Dallas Bach Society. She is a proud graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University.

A native of Texas, Keith Lathrom just completed his sixth and final year as the Director of Choirs at Red Oak High School in Red Oak, Texas. He just began his tenure as the Choir Director for the St. Martin’s Episcopal Church Parish Choir in Houston, Texas. He received a Master of Music
degree in Choral Conducting from the Westminster Choir College of Rider University, where he was the graduate assistant to their early chamber ensemble, Kantorei, under the direction of Dr. Amanda Quist. Additionally, he served as the tenor section leader of the Westminster Symphonic Choir, as they prepared major works with renowned symphonies, such as the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Vienna Philharmonic. He also served as the tenor section leader for the Westminster Choir under the direction of Dr. Joe Miller.

Heralded as having “one of the most gorgeous baritones on earth” by The Dallas Morning News, baritone Jason Awbrey is a Grammy® nominated vocal soloist and choral artist. His lyric voice has garnered critical acclaim for his performances of literature ranging from the early Renaissance period through the 21th century. In a recital of German lieder with Voces Intimae, Scott Cantrell of The Dallas Morning News said “everything sounded so easy, so natural” and “[it] was sheer magic.” He has performed with professional ensembles throughout the United States, Mexico, and Europe, including Ars Lyrica of Houston, Grammy® award-winning ensembles Conspirare and Roomful of Teeth, Dallas Bach Society, Dallas Symphony, Northeast Symphony, The Orchestra of New Spain,
Orpheus Chamber Singers, Rapides Symphony Orchestra, San Antonio Symphony, Santa Fe Desert Chorale, Texas Camerata and Vox Humana. Jason has recorded with a number of ensembles including Conspirare, Orpheus Chamber Singers, Verdigris Ensemble, and Vox Humana.

About the Venue

Holy Family Cathedral
820 S. Boulder Ave., Tulsa, Oklahoma

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