David Dolata Joins the Miami Bach Society Board of Directors

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FIU Musicologist David Dolata Joins Board of Directors at Miami Bach Society

The Miami Bach Society is pleased to announce that Florida International University Professor of Musicology David Dolata has joined its Board of Directors, further strengthening the bond between Miami’s premier early music presenting organization and the FIU School of Music.

The Bulletin de la Société Française de Luth has referred to Dolata as a “gentleman de la Renaissance” for his activities as a performer and scholar. He is familiar to Miami audiences as a lutenist and can be heard on several American and European recordings and is currently chair of the American Musicological Society Performance Committee. Dr. Dolata has served as visiting research professor at the Centre d’Etudes Supérieures de la Renaissance (CESR) at the Université François-Rabelais de Tours – CNRS where he continues his association as Chercheur Associé and co-editor of the CESR Encyclopedia of Tablature with John Griffiths and Philippe Vendrix. Dolata also maintains a long-standing affiliation with Boston University’s Center for Early Music Studies and co-directs Il Furioso with Victor Coelho. His Meantone Temperaments on Lutes and Viols will be published by the Indiana University Press in the Spring of 2016.

According to FIU School of Music’s Interim Director, Robert B. Dundas, “All of us at the School are delighted and proud that Dr. David Dolata has joined the Board of Directors for Miami Bach Society. Formalizing our long-standing partnership is a logical and gratifying step. We look forward to combining our resources and creative energies to provide South Florida with the finest in Early Music performances in the years to come!”

Miami Bach Society’s General Manager, Margie Lopez, explains, “The Miami Bach Society is happy to welcome its newest Board Member, David Dolata.  Professor Dolata is a long time friend, artist, and supporter of the Miami Bach Society.  This addition to our Board also speaks volume to the increasing collaboration between Florida International University and the Miami Bach Society.  Many wonderful projects are planned between our two organizations to increase the opportunities available to students and our South Florida community to experience this genre of music, its rich history, and the beauty of its period instruments.”

In recent years the Miami Bach Society and FIU have collaborated on the presentation of many concerts and master classes both at FIU and in the community, a partnership that continues this year with several performances including their presentation of vihuelist John Griffiths and a performance of John Blow’s opera Venus & Adonis by the FIU Opera Theater and Collegium Musicum in April 2016 during the annual meeting of the Society for Seventeenth-Century Music, hosted by FIU at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Coconut Grove. The Miami Bach Society also provides the FIU School of Music with a music business internship and recently donated over 300 CDs to the FIU Library to create the Kathy Gaubatz Early Music Recording Collection.

For further information about Early Music at FIU, visit

More information about the Miami Bach Society, visit ww.miamibachsociety.org.

Drs. Dolata and Galand offer Study Abroad Program in France

Professors of Musicology David Dolata and Music Theory Joel Galand will offer a summer study abroad program in Tours and Paris this summer focusing on the music of France. Much of the content will focus on early music. Field trips will include chateaux where Renaissance music was widely performed and visits to musically significant sites and events in Paris, particularly the Gregorian Chant Mass at Notre Dame. Classes in Tours will take place at Europe’s leading Renaissance music research institute. For more information, contact Dr. Dolata at dolatad@fiu.edu.

View flyer as pdf: Music in France

David Dolata and FIU Collegium Musicum present Lecture-Recital at Florida International University/Miami-Dade County Public Schools Symposium on the Study and Teaching of Shakespeare

On Saturday October 10, David Dolata and students and community members from the Collegium Musicum, FIU’s early music ensemble, presented a lecture-recital on The Music of Shakespeare’s Period in support of FIU’s exhibition of Shakespeare’s First Folio at the Frost Museum in February 2016. Following Dr. Dolata’s lecture, he and his colleagues performed a variety of music that would have formed Shakespeare’s musical soundscape including drum marches, trumpet fanfares, viol consorts, lute solos, music for recorder and lute, a one-on-a-part sacred anthem and madrigals, several lute songs, ballads, music for solo harpsichord, and a newly composed text to the tune of Greensleeves, demonstrating the contrafactum technique that provided much of the vocal music in Shakespeare’s plays. The performers were:

Raven Reynolds: percussion
Sofia da Silva & Erik Hagen: trumpets
Kip Irvine & Ricardo Rodriguez: bass violas da gamba
David Dolata: lute
Gitta Montoto: recorder
Adriana Ruiz: soprano
Naomi Mercado: soprano
Beatrice Murray: soprano
Edgar Sanfeliz-Botta: countertenor
Adolfo Rodriguez: tenor
Roberto Lopez-Trigo: bass
Matthew Steynor: harpsichord

For more information on FIU’s exhibition of the First Folio, click on the Shakespeare First Folio tab above.

Il Furioso Puts the Devil to Flight 

Il Furioso returns to South Florida for two concerts, one in Coral Gables and the other in Delray Beach. Martin Luther loved music, saying that one of its chiefest charms was that it “put the Devil to flight,” chasing him away with the sweet euphony he so despised. In “Putting the Devil to Flight” we present a program featuring the previously unrecorded, bravura “Amen, Allelujas” composed by G. F. Händel for the daughters of George II. Male soprano Robert Crowe joins Il Furioso in a recreation of the lively, private, Sunday evening musical amusements of the Protestant upper class.

Concert information is provided in the flyers below.

We look forward to seeing you there.

David Dolata

MBS IlFurioso

Il Furioso Tabloid 4

New Adjunct Professor of Viola da Gamba Carol Pollard

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We are pleased to announce that Carol Pollard, the Associate Director of the Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics at the Yale University Institution for Social & Policy Studies, will teach our Viol Class commencing with the Fall 2015 Semester. Through the magic of the internet, she is able to continue to fulfill her Yale administrative duties from her home in Boca Raton. Carol studied with Wieland Kuijken in The Hague and with America’s most rigorous viola da gamba expert, Grace Feldman. She has been a member of Feldman’s viol consort for 38 years. Carol Pollard has been teaching advanced viola da gamba technique privately and in group class settings for many years in New England and now brings her expertise and experience to FIU. Welcome, Carol!

Collegium Musicum/Viol Class Registration

Collegium Musicum in 2015–16 will include both Viol Class throughout the school year and/or participation in Collegium Musicum’s involvement with the many musical events associated with FIU’s exhibition of Shakespeare’s First Folio in February 2016 and the Society for Seventeenth-Century Music (SSCM) annual conference hosted by FIU in Coconut Grove in April 2016. These events will involve two separate repertoires. To see a preliminary list of events associated with the First Folio, select its menu item above. We will prepare for these and other as of yet unannounced fall events during the fall semester. For both the First Folio and SSCM conference Collegium Musicum will partner with FIU’s Opera Theatre to present John Blow’s short opera Venus & Adonis based on Shakespeare’s poem of the same name. In addition to vocal soloists, the score requires strings, continuo, and two recorders.

To sign up for either Collegium Musicum or Viol Class, register for the following:

MUN 1471: freshmen and sophomores

MUH 3474: juniors and seniors

MUH 5477: graduate students

Contact Dr. Dolata for permissions if necessary.

Viol class will take place on Tuesdays from 3:30–5:00 in WPAC 157. Rehearsals for First Folio events will take place on an ad hoc basis depending on the participants schedules, however, our only guaranteed rehearsal times are Tuesdays 3:30–5:00 (at the same time as Viol Class) and Thursday evenings. Other times TBA. Scheduling of opera instrumental rehearsals will be TBA in the fall. Continuo players may be required to attend some Opera Workshop rehearsals T & H 12:30–3:15.

Contact Dr. Dolata with any questions.