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Tuba Bach Chamber Music Festival

The Tuba Bach Chamber Music Festival is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization based in Big Rapids, Michigan.

Since its inception in 2006, Tuba Bach has brought hundreds of exceptional musicians from around the world, across the United states, and from every corner of our state to present concerts and educational programming in West-Central Michigan, free of charge and available to all.

 

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Concert 2
Sunday, September 19, 2010 • 4:00 P.M.

With A Song In My Heart

THE RACKHAM SYMPHONY CHOIR, MASTRA SUZANNE MALLARE ACTION, ALVIN WADDLES, TENOR RODRICK DIXON, ED MALLETT AND THE BIG RAPIDS HIGH SCHOOL CHOIR bring to Tuba Bach the power and excitement of oratorio choruses, operatic arias, and more.

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This concert is made possible through the generous support of
Chemical Bank

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Michigan Humanities Council

This project is funded in part by Michigan Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Guest Artists Appearing with Edward Mallett:

Rackham ChoirSince 1949, RACKHAM SYMPHONY CHOIR, (RSC) has distinguished itself with a repertoire that includes groundbreaking works with timely themes; multi-media experiences and innovative educational programs. Rackham Symphony Choir provides both classical and contemporary choral masterpieces of the highest artistic quality to appreciative audiences throughout Southeast Michigan. Under the visionary leadership of SUZANNE MALLARE ACTION, the membership organization has expanded the scope of programming and the communities they serve. Members share a passion for music and performing challenging, non-traditional works.

Noteworthy concerts of late include the choir’s signature piece, Too Hot To Handel performed annually since 2001, Karl Jenkins' The Armed Man- A Concert for Peace performed with an original, award-winning film commissioned by the choir, The Holocaust Cantata, a collection of songs and readings taken from concentration camp prisoners and Richard Einhorn’s multi-media piece Voices of Light.

Rackham Symphony Choir is proud to collaborate with numerous community organizations and artists including the Sphinx Competition, Mosaic Youth Theatre, PuppetArt, the Cranbrook Peace Foundation, Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings and others. The organization won a 2008 “Guvvy” award of excellence at the 23rd Annual Governor’s Awards for Arts

The choir also launched a High School Vocal Internship Program as an initiative of the newly established Suzanne Mallare Acton Artistic Fund. Their Voices of Michigan’s Homeless is a multi-media outreach program designed to bring awareness about homelessness to high school students. This ground breaking program will include a series of in-class activities including visits by artists, activists and scholars. It is made possible in part by a grant from Michigan Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The 2009-2010 season includes a Bach Cantata at the Lexington Bach Festival, the jazz gospel Too Hot To Handel, Voices for the Homeless: A Concert for Hope and Help which includes the Michigan premier of Henry Mollicone’s Beatitude Mass: and A Night at the Theatre: from Opera to Broadway. arrow Website

Roderick DixonTenor RODRICK DIXON’s dramatic stage presence and stunning vocal qualities have established him as one of the rising stars in opera, contemporary opera, oratorio, concert/recital, musical theater and television. His recent appearances include Los Angeles Opera, Detroit Opera, LA Philharmonic, Philadelphia Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony and Cleveland Symphony. He has performed recitals and concerts with Soprano Alfreda Burke at the Umbria festival in Italy.

Mr. Dixon’s recordings include a CD recording of “Of Truth and Vision” for the Black Center for Music Research, (Sony/BMG) PBS Great Performances Cook, Dixon & Young Volume One, Follow That Star Christmas CD (T.D. Jakes EMI), Liam Lawton’s Sacred Land (GIA) Rodrick Dixon Live in Concert, Chicago Olympic Bid Anthem “I Will Stand” with soprano Alfreda Burke for the 2016 Games and The Olympic Hall of Fame induction ceremonies filmed for NBC. Mr. Dixon is honored to perform with The Rackham Symphony Choir under Maestra Acton’s baton at the Detroit Opera House and Auditorium Theater in Chicago. This is his 24th performance of “Too Hot to Handel.”
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