'...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..."
" 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."
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.
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”.
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"
E.BLOCH, "BAAL SCHEM SUITE"
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)
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
Vivaldi, Sonata RV 12
Handel, Sonata in G minor
Bach, Sonata in C minor
Mendelssohn, Sonata F Major, mov 1
Bacewicz, Sonata Da Camera, mov 5
Elgar, Salut d'amour
Lennon, In my Life
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
Paderewski, Violin Sonata
Gottschalk, Blackberry Hill Rag
Beach, Violin Sonata
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
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
Paderewski, Violin Sonata
Bacewicz, Sonata Da camera
Janacek, Violin Sonata