Launch at the Lake: Season 2


On Saturday, May 12, we gathered a group of our most dedicated fans and followers at the home of Barbara Bradfield to pop some (read: much) champagne in celebration of the success of our first season, and to announce the line-up of concerts for our upcoming season. We also announced the official start of our funding efforts for 2018-2019 season.

Shoutout to our food and drink providers: The seriously AMAZING spread of food both savory and sweet was made by Raguet Hall, Rene Dubois, and Kyra Effren. Our favorite farmer’s market friend, Rodrigo from dar-G-ling Kombucha, brought a generous donation of kombucha tea which guests enjoyed on its own and mixed with champagne. Nothing like a hit of probiotic power with your bubbly.

Jonathan, with his winsome and loveable style (seriously, you should hire him to MC your event, he’ll kill it - in the best way) spoke about the successes of our first season. Sam followed, walking the gathered fans and supporters through the season booklet for the 2018-2019 season. There were audible gasps and visibly animated faces as he revealed the some of the collaborations featured in this coming season. With Jordan offering accompaniment on Barbara’s beautiful Steinway, Alex, Katrina, and I each sang a Leonard Bernstein solo as a preview of our first concert of next season.

Verdigris’ second season features, first and foremost, collaboration. One every concert, we are partnering with other artists in the area to bring multi-faceted choral experiences to our audiences.

Here’s the run-down of what you have to look forward to this coming season:

On October 21 at Temple Emanu-El, Verdigris will present “Lenny, Lenny, Lenny!,” a program built around the life of American music icon Leonard Bernstein. Verdigris will join with the Temple Emanu-El Choir to present the music of Bernstein paired with excerpts from his letters. On a second concert date to be announced, Verdigris will partner with Irving Chorale in another performance of this program.

On December 7 and 8, Verdigris will perform David Lang’s Pulitzer Prize-winning piece, Little Match Girl Passion, at the Moody Performance Hall in collaboration with Avant Chamber Ballet. Together on stage, the dancers of Avant and the singers of Verdigris will bring to life Lang’s choral setting of the Hans Christian Andersen story. This will be the first time a contemporary choral work will be staged with ballet in Dallas.

On February 9, Verdigris will perform Mason Bates’ Mass Transmission at Arts Mission Oak Cliff. Bates, a GRAMMY-nominated composer and DJ, brings together organ, electronic music, and choir in this large-scale work to tell the true story of a mother and daughter communicating over the first long-distance radio transmissions. Verdigris will also be commissioning composer Nicholas Reeves to set excerpts of Betty’s Notebook, believed to be a transcription of Amelia Earhart’s transmissions as she was taken off her flight path. Reeves is a native Texan and member of the Arvo Pärt project.

On April 13 at Arts Mission Oak Cliff, Verdigris will present “Faces of Dallas,” a program celebrating the community and culture of Dallas. Synthesizing the poetry of local writers with visual artwork of Stephen Zhang, Verdigris will use a program of choral music to bring to life watercolor portraits of the people of different Dallas neighborhoods.

Stay tuned for updates, as more dates and venues will be announced for each concert.

You probably noticed that our logo has changed. In the past months we have had two board members join the team who bring extensive design experience. Rafiq Flowers and Stephen Zhang are both accomplished visual artists with design experience in top Dallas companies. Stephen created the watercolor poster design, created our updated logo, and compiled our seriously gorgeous season booklet.

This party was a chance to step back and see all of the ups and downs of this past season for what they were: a refining fire (did I get that alto solo to start playing in your head?). I’ve seen Sam grow into his role as leader and artistic director with grace and vulnerability and gather around him board members, singers, and supporters who are brave, curious, and creative.

We are becoming an ever more efficient Verdigris machine. Look out, Dallas. Here comes season two.

Erinn Sensenig