Co-founder Blake Clark will conduct the performance of Mozart’s Requiem following the presentation of a Bach solo organ piece performed by co-founder John L. Blackburn of Berclair.
The purpose of the newly formed, all-professional ensemble is to bring the highest quality performances of sacred music, specifically from the late Renaissance, Baroque and Classical periods, to Texas audiences with a fresh sense of excellence and flair. The Texas Baroque Ensemble will perform both well-known and more obscure works to bring attention to music from these time periods with the aim of enriching the music culture of San Antonio and Central/South Texas.
Blackburn and Clark, the co-founders of this dynamic new group, have big plans for the future of The Texas Baroque Ensemble, including a Texas tour of Handel’s Messiah around Easter. San Antonio’s Incarnate Word Chapel will host one of these performances on April 28, 2014. Their hope is to maintain San Antonio as the new ensemble’s permanent home but to give performances all across the state.
Fresh from a summer of research and conducting in Europe, Clark is excited to bring some fresh ideas to the Requiem by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. “This Mass for the dead is possibly the best choral work Mozart ever wrote. And it is incredibly thought provoking that this requiem was the last composition he worked on before his untimely death. Our intention is that during this performance our audience will gain some insight into the mind of the brilliant composer at the end of his life.”
Clark is a young, promising conductor, composer and performer and has conducted performances in England, Italy and the USA. His compositions have been performed in the USA and the Czech Republic.
Blackburn is the organist and choirmaster at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church in Beeville, having previously served as director of music ministries at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and organist for Temple Rodef Shalom, both in Waco.
Blackburn is a seasoned organist, excelling especially in the art of improvisation, and has performed across the United States as well as Europe. His conducting ventures have led to concerts of several major works, including Haydn’s Missa in Tempore Belli, excerpts from Handel’s Messiah, as well as several premieres of new works by Robert Young, Richard Webster and Sterling Proctor.