Press Releases

FOR RELEASE April 28, 2021
Samantha Crownover, Executive Director

May 29 – July 3, 2021
On-Demand Concert Series, Yours Truly, Bandwagon, Project: Music Heals Us.

Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society (BDDS) presents its 30th annual summer chamber music festival. The many challenges of 2020 never overwhelmed our determination to find ways to bring our passion for chamber music to you. We have chosen to respond boldly to the realities we face with a 2021 season entitled Brave New World, consisting of innovative and unexpected programs. We’re offering four kinds of musical experiences.

1. On-Demand Virtual Concerts are a series of four video recorded concerts performed by BDDS artists in Madison and available online for $15 each. They’ll feature an engaging mix of music including Black, Latin American, and women composers. We’ll pay homage to the 2020 anniversary of Beethoven’s birth, the 2021 anniversary of Astor Piazzolla’s birth, and the celebration of emancipation, Juneteenth. With the kind of repertoire that has made BDDS a hallmark of summertime in Madison and our internationally known artists, this series will be the closest to our regular style of concert. The concerts will be released on Saturdays, June 12, 19, 26, and July 3, and will be available to view until September 1. Concert details below.

Artists include international virtuoso Stas Venglevski, on bayan, a Russian-style accordion; Timothy Jones, bass-baritone (University of Houston); Stephanie Jutt, flute (Madison Symphony Orchestra principal flute and UW-Madison professor emerita); and the San Francisco Piano Trio, Jeffrey Sykes, piano (UC-Berkeley); Axel Strauss, violin (McGill University, Montreal, Canada); Jean-Michel Fonteneau, cello (San Francisco Conservatory); as well as visual artist Lisa Frank, a MacDowell Fellow; and three additional local artists, Dakota Mace, John Hitchcock, and Adriana Barrios, for a special postcard project that will occur during the concerts.

You can purchase your series ticket here for $60 (includes four art postcards).

On-Demand Virtual Concert Details
SATURDAY, JUNE 12, 7:30 PM, VIRTUAL CONCERT (available until Sept. 1)
The Sun Also Rises is a program of American music named for one of Hemingway’s great novels. It features “I will not be sad in this world,” by Armenian-American composer Eve Beglarian for alto flute and electronics; the New Orleans-inflected piano trio “Roots II,” by Black composer David Baker; and the “Four Seasons of Buenos Aires,” by the Argentine-American tango master Astor Piazzolla.

SATURDAY, JUNE 19, 7:30 PM, VIRTUAL CONCERT (available until Sept. 1)
Great Expectations, named for Charles Dickens’ novel of promises both fulfilled and unfulfilled, includes music by the Chevalier de Saint-Georges, dubbed the “Black Mozart,” an 18th century composer of African descent; settings of the poetry of Langston Hughes by Black American composer Margaret Bonds; and Beethoven’s mighty Piano Trio No. 2 (“The Archduke”).

SATURDAY, JUNE 26, 7:30 PM, VIRTUAL CONCERT (available until Sept. 1)
The Master and Margarita, named for one of the greatest novels of Soviet-era Russia, features the “Songs and Dance of Death” of Mussorgsky, Russian-American composer Lera Auerbach’s “Monolog” for solo flute, Shostokovich’s wonderful piano trio from the height of the Stalin years, and Russian music for flute and accordion.

SATURDAY, JULY 3, 7:30 PM, VIRTUAL CONCERT (available until Sept. 1)
Stranger in a Strange Land, named for Robert Heinlein’s 1961 science-fiction novel, features “Borderline,” a song cycle written by Black composer Robert Owens to poems of Langston Hughes; British-American composer Rebecca Clarke’s beautiful Piano Trio; and classics by Argentine-American tango master Astor Piazzolla.

2. Yours Truly is your chance to have a one-on-one real-time virtual interaction and musical experience with selected BDDS artists from this season. You will connect and commune in real time with your choice of a BDDS artist for a 30-minute performance and conversation through the magic of Zoom technology. Stephanie, Jeffrey, Axel Strauss, Jean-Michel Fonteneau, and Stas Venglevski will participate. Sign up for a Yours Truly session for a pay-what-you-wish donation through our website or at

3. Bandwagon features free, short outdoor pop-up concerts in neighborhoods all over Madison. We’ll play energetic and engaging music by Black American composers Jessie Montgomery and Robert Owens, and Joseph Bologne, a.k.a. Chevalier de St. Georges; Latin American composer Alberto Ginastera; and Zez Confrey, George Gershwin, and more. Stephanie & Jeffrey will be joined by bass/baritone Timothy Jones; Leanne League, violin; new BDDS violinist, Paran Amirinazari; and BDDS Dynamite Factory artists Jeremy Kienbaum, viola, and Trace Johnson, cello. These stimulating and family-friendly concerts—including special guests!–will be socially distanced and fun for all. Go to


  • Saturday, May 29
    • 12 PM Penn Park (with special guests Tamera & Leotha Stanley, from Mt. Zion Gospel Choir)
    • 3 PM & 4 PM The Green at Hilldale (in front of Apple Store/bartaco) (with special guest Sonora Strings from Suzuki Strings)
  • Sunday, May 30
    • 11 AM Northside Farmer Market (in front of the Lakeview Library) (with special guest Sonora Strings)
    • 2 PM Penn Park (with special guests Tamera & Leotha Stanley)
  • Monday, May 31
    • 12 PM Orton Park gazebo
  • Friday, June 18
    • 12 PM & 1 PM Village on Park (with special guests Tamera & Leotha Stanley)
  • Saturday, June 19
    • 4 PM & 5 PM Capitol Square—The Forum
  • Sunday, June 20
    • 11 AM Northside Farmer’s Market (in front of the Lakeview Library)

4. Virtual Concerts for Patients, Project: Music Heals Us
Since December 2020, BDDS musicians have performed dozens of on-on-one virtual concerts for patients and memory care residents at UW Heath University Hospital, SSM St. Mary’s Hospital, Oakwood Village University, and Agrace Hospice. This community engagement has been made possible by Project: Music Heals Us and a Vital Sounds Initiative Partnership Grant.

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Violinist Paran Amirinazari, an avid chamber musician, is a founding member and artistic drector of the Willy Street Chamber Players. She is a former member of the Hunt String Quartet and has recently earned her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

A native of Madison, Wisconsin, cellist TRACE JOHNSON received his Bachelor of Music in cello performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music in 2012 and was recently awarded his Master of Music degree at the Lynn Conservatory in Boca Raton, Florida. As the first place winner in the conservatory's annual concerto competition, he performed the Brahms Double Concerto with the Lynn Philharmonia in 2014. Later that fall, he won first prize in the 2014 Lyric Chamber Society of New York's chamber competition, and in 2016 he performed in a New York debut concert with fellow Lynn Conservatory musicians at the Kosciuszko Foundation. For the past two summers, Mr. Johnson has appeared in both orchestral and chamber ensembles as a fellow with the Atlantic Music Festival. He has also participated in other summer festivals including the Meadowmount School of Music, Orford Centre d'Arts, and Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music. Mr. Johnson is currently working in a variety of performing ensembles in South Florida and is a section cellist with the Symphony of the Americas in Ft. Lauderdale. Mr. Johnson is a member of the BDDS Dynamite Factory, a program featuring young artists. (Website)

Bass-Baritone TIMOTHY JONES has performed in opera houses and with symphony orchestras in the U.S., Ecuador, Mexico, and the Czech Republic. He has appeared with the Cleveland Orchestra, Dallas Symphony, St. Petersburg Chamber Orchestra, San Antonio Symphony, and the Jacksonville Symphony. In opera houses he has performed leading roles in The Marriage of Figaro, Carmen, Die Zauberflöte, Così fan tutte, Don Giovanni, Don Pasquale, La Bohème, Falstaff, Macbeth, and La Traviata. He has been a frequent guest with the Victoria Bach Festival, New Texas Festival, Round Top Music Festival, Ars Lyrica Houston, Cactus Pear Music Festival, and the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble. As a committed performer of contemporary music, Mr. Jones has commissioned and premiered many compositions by leading composers of our time. He lives in Houston, where he serves on the faculty of the University of Houston. (Website)