Live Bach lectures resume

  • David Ripley —Courtesy

  • Petra Pacaric and Kathryn Southworth —Courtesy

Published: 11/2/2021 5:08:21 PM

Concord Community Music School’s Bach’s Lunch series returns for the 2021-22 season, with David Ripley’s lecture, “The Birth of Art Song,” on Nov. 4, and “Faces of Love – A Song Recital” with faculty members Petra Pacaric and Kathy Southworth on Nov. 11.

This season’s free Bach’s Lunch programs will once again be in-person. Attendees must register in advance, and must wear a face mask when inside the Music School; please register online at or call 603-228-1196 to reserve a seat.

‘ The Birth of Art Song’

David Ripley, voice faculty emeritus at the University of New Hampshire, will present “The Birth of Art Song,” where he explores the evolution of art song from Purcell to Schubert, Schumann, and beyond.

Ripley, a bass-baritone, earned his master’s degree in vocal performance at the New England Conservatory as a student of Mark Pearson. Since then he has been widely heard in oratorio, recital, chamber opera, and early and contemporary programs and cabaret as well. He has performed with Boston Musical Theater in Paris, Brussels, Moscow, St. Petersburg, and South Korea, and made recordings featuring the American Song Book. As a champion of contemporary music, Ripley was featured in Peter Childs’ one-act opera Embers, on the play by Beckett. Ripley’s recording of Bach Cantata 82, Ich habe Genug with Aston Magna Festival players (Centaur) was released to critical praise. His first solo CD, A New Season, with Kies, features works of Ives, Fauré, Schubert and Brahms.

‘Faces of Love – A Song Recital’

Petra Pacaric, mezzo-soprano and Kathy Southworth, piano, will perform “Faces of Love,” a song recital featuring works by Brahms, Quilter, Faure and Donizetti, and others. Just like the vivid colors of fall, the program is a collage of love themes as they come in their ever-changing shades and nuances, ranging from spiritual, to passionate, to quiet, sad, or funny.

Pacaric performs regularly as a jazz vocalist and has performed with the Boston Symphony and Tanglewood Festival Chorus. Featured solo engagements have been with New England Light Opera, Longwood Opera, the Metrowest Symphony, and Nashua Symphony. A member of the voice faculty at Phillips Exeter Academy, she holds a master’s in vocal performance from Boston Conservatory. In her native Austria, she studied music and foreign languages at the Innsbruck Conservatory of Music and the University of Innsbruck.

Southworth holds a bachelor’s in piano performance from Oberlin Conservatory and a master’s in vocal accompanying and coaching from the University of Illinois, where she was staff accompanist under the tutelage of acclaimed accompanist John Wustman. She has been a collaborative pianist for Opera North, Dartmouth College, Plymouth State University, and Boston Ballet, and has also served as a musical ambassador to Costa Rica. Having worked with many theater and choral groups in New England, Southworth is currently music director and organist for Canterbury United Community Church. Former faculty positions include St. Paul’s School and Plymouth State University.

Bach’s Lunch programs are free and open to the public, and take place from 12:10 to 12:50 p.m. on the first and second Thursdays of each month, November through May, in the Music School’s Recital Hall, 23 Wall St., Concord.

The Bach’s Lunch Series is sponsored by The Timothy and Abigail B. Walker Lecture Fund. For more information, please call 603-228-1196 or visit

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