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Duo Dramatique 

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'...IT WASN'T A CONCERT. IT WAS A FORCE TO BE RECKONED WITH..."
Andre de los Santos

"...THE PERFORMERS (...) BRING WARMTH AND CONSIDERABLE SENSITIVITY ..."
"..SUBTLE, NUANCED PERFORMANCE(...) (PLAYED WITH) WARMTH AND UNDERSTANDING..."
"...BROAD AND EXPANSIVE..."


Mark Estren
infodad.com

 

" Duo Dramatique delivers fierce and thoughtful performances of genre-bending programs with an undercurrent of social and emotional issues. On CROSSROADS, violinist Dominika Dancewicz and pianist Donald Doucet perform three original works written to highlight their style and talents (...) What this collection does, more than anything, is showcase the incredible talents of both musicians. It's certainly an engaging album."

ReviewGraveyard.com

 

 

 

 

Hailed as "a force to be reckoned with" whose concerts have been described as "passionate and transporting", Duo Dramatique is a renowned Violin-Piano ensemble based in Houston, Texas.

Violinist Dominika Dancewicz and pianist Donald Doucet have earned recognition for their compelling, eclectic and thought-provoking programs that include significant classical music from every era, as well as jazz, broadway and pop.

 

The Duo’s programming is always thoughtfully planned to communicate with the audiences beyond just the musical content. The ensemble creates contexts that introduce deeply affecting stories based on historic, social and emotional issues featured in the music they perform.

 

The Duo enjoys a number of engagements across Texas, with performances in Houston, Huntsville, Dallas, San Antonio, Boerne and Missouri City. They have also performed in Colorado and Louisiana, by the invitations of the concert series in Georgetown, CO and Lake Charles, LA.

In 2019 they made their debut at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts in San Antonio with a thematic recital devoted to women in music. The concert was recorded and broadcast by Texas Public Radio .

 

They are one of the few classical ensembles invited to perform at the Cave Without a Name in Boerne,TX where they play in the Cave’s spectacular natural acoustics almost 100 feet underground.

 

The Duo’s other engagements include the Gallery Concert Series at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, and Crain Garden Concert Series at the Houston Methodist Hospital. 

 

Duo Dramatique’s endeavors have been featured by Houston Chronicle, Houston Public Media and Arts+Culture Texas magazine.

Their first full-length CD with VIOLIN SONATAS by Edward Elgar, W.A.Mozart and Claude Debussy was released in 2018 to critical acclaim, with reviews praising “warmth and sensitivity”, “subtle and nuanced performance” and “broad and expansive tone”.

 

Duo Dramatique’s second commercial album "CROSSROADS" was released in 2021 on Navona Label. Read the critical acclaim HERE.

Repertoire

J.S.BACH, SONATA FOR VIOLIN AND KEYBOARD BWV 1017

A.BEACH, VIOLIN SONATA op.34

L.VAN BEETHOVEN, SONATA No.7 op.30 No 2 in c minor

L.VAN BEETHOVEN, SONATA No. 8, op.30 No 3 in G Major

L.VAN BEETHOVEN, SONATA No. 9, op.47 in A Major "Kreutzer"

J. BRAHMS, VIOLIN SONATA OP.78 in G Major

J.BRAHMS, VIOLIN SONATA op.100 in A Major

J.BRAHMS, VIOLIN SONATA Op.108 in d minor

J.BRAHMS, SONATENSATZ (SCHERZO) from F-A-E SONATA

J.BRAHMS, WIE MELODIEN ZIEHT ES MIR op.105 No 1

G.BACEWICZ, VIOLIN SONATA NO.1 Sonata da camera (1945)

G.BACEWICZ, VIOLIN SONATA NO.3 (1947)

G.BACEWICZ, POLISH CAPRICCIO FOR SOLO VIOLIN (1949)

G.BACEWICZ, OBEREK No 1 (1949)

B.BARTOK, SIX ROMANIAN DANCES (1916)

W.BOLCOM, GRACEFUL GHOST RAG (1971)

C.BOLLING, SUITE FOR VIOLIN AND JAZZ PIANO TRIO (1973)

H.CHARMICHAEL, STARDUST(1927)

C.DEBUSSY, VIOLIN SONATA (1918)

A.DVORAK, SONATINA op.100 in G Major

W.DONALDSON, WHAT CAN I SAY AFTER I SAY I'M SORRY (1926)

E.ELGAR, VIOLIN SONATA op.82

E.ELGAR, SALUT D'AMOUR op.12

E.ERYILMAZ, FLYING SIRTO (2015)

M.DE FALLA, SUITE POPULAIRE ESPAGNOLE (1915)

C.FRANCK, VIOLIN SONATA in A Major (1886)

E.GARNER, MISTY (1954)

A.GOTTSCHALK, BLACKBERRY HILL RAGTIME 

E.GRIEG, VIOLIN SONATA in C minor, No.3 op.45

G.F.HANDEL, SONATA IN G MINOR, HWV 368

L.JANACEK, VIOLIN SONATA (1914)

F.MENDELSSOHN, VIOLIN SONATA in F Major (1838)

W.A.MOZART, SONATA FOR PIANO AND VIOLIN in B Major K.454

I.J.PADEREWSKI, VIOLIN SONATA op.13

A.PÅRT, FRATRES (1980)

A.PIAZZOLLA, VUELVO AL SUR (TANGO)

S.PROKOFIEV, VIOLIN SONATA op.80 in F minor

C.SCHUMANN, THREE ROMANCES op.22

R.SCHUMANN, VIOLIN SONATA op.105 in A minor

F.SCHUBERT, SONATA in D Major D 384

F.SCHUBERT, SONATA in A Major D 574 DUO

S.SCHWARTZ, FOR GOOD from Wicked (2003)

D.SHOSTAKOVICH, FOUR PRELUDES op.34

J.SIBELIUS, PIECES FOR VIOLIN AND PIANO op.81

R.STRAUSS, VIOLIN SONATA in E flat Major

J.SUK, FOUR PIECES FOR VIOLIN AND PIANO op.17

K.SZYMANOWSKI, DANCE FROM "HARNASIE" op.55

P.TCHAIKOVSKY, MELODIE op.42 No 3

A.VIVALDI, SONATA IN D MINOR, RV 12

Sample programs (flexible): 

MUSIC OF THE STORM:

Schubert, Sonata in A Major (Duo)

Piazzolla, Vuelvo al Sur

Beethoven, Kreutzer Sonata

TIME TRAVEL:

Vivaldi, Sonata RV 12

Handel, Sonata in G minor

Bach, Sonata in C minor

Mendelssohn, Sonata F Major, mov 1

Tchaikovsky, Melodie

Bacewicz, Sonata Da Camera, mov 5

Elgar, Salut d'amour

Bolling, Gavotte

Bacewicz, Oberek

Lennon, In my Life

 

WOMAN POWER:

Clara Schumann, Three Romances

Bacewicz, Violin Sonata No.3

Bacewicz, Polish Cappriccio

Robert Schumann, Sonata in A minor

BEEHOVEN, JANACEK & JAZZ:

Beethoven, Sonata No 8 in G Major

Janacek, Violin Sonata

Bolling, Suite for Violin and Jazz Piano Trio
 

IDENTITY:

Paderewski, Violin Sonata

Gottschalk, Blackberry Hill Rag

Beach, Violin Sonata

ORIGINS:

Grieg, Violin Sonata in C minor

Szymanowski, Dance from "Harnasie"

Eryilmaz, Flying Sirto

Bartok, Six Romanian Dances

DARKNESS & REDEMPTION:

Prokofiev, Violin Sonata in F minor

Part, Fratres

Franck, Violin Sonata

OF DANCE AND SONG:

Falla, Suite populaire Espagnole

Brahms, Wie melodien zieht es mir

Brahms, Violin Sonata in A Major

Debussy, Violin Sonata

Brahms, Scherzo

SEEKING FREEDOM:

Paderewski, Violin Sonata

Part, Fratres

Bacewicz, Sonata Da camera

Janacek, Violin Sonata

Bacewicz, Oberek

Wieniawski, Legend

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