Resumption of live Bach lessons


Posted: 11/2/2021 17:08:21 PM

Concord Community Music School’s Bach’s Lunch series returns for the 2021-22 season, featuring David Ripley’s talk, “The Birth of Art Song,” November 4, and “Faces of Love – A Song Recital” with members by faculty Petra Pacaric and Kathy Southworth on November 11.

This season’s free Bach’s Lunch programs will once again be in person. Participants must register in advance and must wear a face mask inside the music school; please register online at or call 603-228-1196 to reserve a spot.

‘The birth of the song of art’

David Ripley, Emeritus Professor in the Singing School at the University of New Hampshire, will present “The Birth of Art Song,” where he explores the evolution of artistic song from Purcell to Schubert, Schumann and beyond.

Ripley, baritone-bass, received his master’s degree in vocal performance from the New England Conservatory as a student of Mark Pearson. Since then it has been widely heard in oratorio, recital, chamber opera, ancient and contemporary programs, and cabaret. He has performed with the Boston Musical Theater in Paris, Brussels, Moscow, St. Petersburg and South Korea, and has made recordings with the American Song Book. As a champion of contemporary music, Ripley was featured in Peter Childs’ one-act opera Ember, on Beckett’s play. Ripley’s recording of Bach’s Cantata 82, Ich habe Genug with the festival players Aston Magna (Centaur) has been praised by critics. His first solo CD, A new season, with Kies, presents works by Ives, Fauré, Schubert and Brahms.

“Faces of love – a recital of songs”

Petra Pacaric, mezzo-soprano and Kathy Southworth, piano, will perform “Faces of Love,” a song recital featuring works by Brahms, Quilter, Faure and Donizetti, and others. Much like the vivid colors of fall, the program is a collage of love themes as they present themselves in their ever-changing shades and nuances, ranging from spiritual to passionate to calm to sadness. or humor.

Pacaric performs regularly as a jazz singer and has performed with the Boston Symphony and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus. Solo engagements have been with the New England Light Opera, Longwood Opera, Metrowest Symphony and Nashua Symphony. She is a member of the singing faculty at Phillips Exeter Academy and holds a master’s degree in vocal performance from the Boston Conservatory. In her native Austria, she studied music and foreign languages ​​at the Conservatory of Music in Innsbruck and at the University of Innsbruck.

Southworth holds a bachelor’s degree in piano performance from the Oberlin Conservatory and a master’s degree in vocal accompaniment and coaching from the University of Illinois, where she was an accompanist under the tutelage of renowned accompanist John Wustman. She has been a collaborating pianist for Opera North, Dartmouth College, Plymouth State University and Boston Ballet, and has also served as a musical ambassador to Costa Rica. Having worked with numerous theater and choral groups in New England, Southworth is currently Music Director and Organist for Canterbury United Community Church. Former faculty positions include St. Paul’s School and Plymouth State University.

Bach’s Lunch programs are free and open to the public, and take place from 12:10 p.m. to 12:50 p.m. on the first and second Thursday of each month, from November to May, in the music school’s recital hall, 23 Wall St., Concord.

Bach’s Breakfast Series is sponsored by the Timothy and Abigail B. Walker Lecture Fund. For more information, please call 603-228-1196 or visit


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