Fort Worth Baroque Society Performs an Evening of Motets with Dessert; Conducted by Maritza Caceres
The Fort Worth Baroque Society performed before about 150 people at the Arborlawn Methodist Church Tuesday night, Sept.1st with Maritza Caceres conducting.This delightful chorus is a wonderful new addition to the family of fine arts in Fort Worth and the musical selections were soothing to the soul.
Beginning with Lobet den Herrn, alle Heiden by Bach and including pieces from William Byrd, Haec Dies, Handel, Coronation Anthem No.4, and Anton Bruckner’s Os Justi and Christus factus est, the Baroque Society filled the sanctuary of the Methodist Church with worshipful song from centuries past that should not be forgotten in our own postmodern era.
Though I grew up on the great hymns of the faith, and the gospel songs, and am loving the new praise and worship music from such sources as Sovereign Grace and Newmoniker Music, there is something about an excellent choir singing classical church music that can lift my spirit like nothing else. Being married to one of the singers is of great benefit as well!
Although I certainly appreciate Arborlawn Methodist for hosting the concert, their postmodern architecture seemed a bit out of step with the music. Arborlawn Methodist has a long term relationship with classical music in Fort Worth, however, as they have hosted the Oratorio Chorus from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in the past for at least one concert/recording session.
The only part of the concert that I was not really pleased with was the Romantic Dessert which consisted of Johannes Brahms’ Liebeslieder Walzer, Opus 52. This vigorous and exciting piece just did not fit the rest of the material and would have been perfectly acceptable in a different context. Singing fast, in German, was certainly a delightful challenge to the choir and audience, but for this listener, I would simply have preferred a more subdued ending for the evening.
Maritza Caceres is an accomplished conductor and is working on her PhD at TCU having previously studied at the Universidad de Chile (BA Music Theory), Westminster Choir College, Princeton, NJ (Master’s in Choral Conducting) and Doctoral studies at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. She is the wife of Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Conductor of the Fort Worth Symphony.
After the concert there really was dessert served in the lobby of the church. Come to think of it, they served dessert at the last concert I attended a few months back at Fort Worth Presbyterian. A very nice touch!
The Fort Worth Baroque Society is a an exciting, new addition to the arts world of Fort Worth and deserves your support. The concerts have been small in attendance but worthy of much more. Perhaps a bit more advertising will help, but word of mouth, or in my case, word of blog, might also help. They are planning on a performance of the complete Messiah on December 15 at Fort Worth Presbyterian, conducted by none other than C. David Keith. Get your tickets online at: