Concert and champagne in a magical garden
By Michael Pearl
Pro Musica ends its season on Sunday, March 30, at 5pm, with its famous Garden Party Concert at a magnificent private estate in Colonia Guadiana. This year the program is an incredible selection of the Best of Broadway, featuring songs from a host of the best-loved shows of the last five decades. The evening stars phenomenal tenor Rodrigo Garciarroyo, fresh from his triumph in our production of Verdi’s opera, Il Trovatore, and just returned from a tour of the US. He is joined by mezzo-soprano Verónica Alexanderson, our Mimi in La Bohème last year, with Mario Alberto Hernandez presiding inimitably at the grand piano.Pro Musica Garden Party Concert Sun, Mar 30, 5pm Potranca 15 Colonia Guadiana 500 pesos Includes champagne and canapés during intermission
There will be a 45-minute interval, during which guests will wander the magical gardens, imbibing champagne and feasting on a huge array of delicious botanas and canapés, all included in the ticket price.
Fittingly, the program opens with “The Hills are Alive” from The Sound of Music. This Rogers and Hammerstein song is as famous as the next number, “To Dream the Impossible Dream,” from Man of La Mancha. It could almost be a San Miguel motto! The program continues with songs from Phantom of the Opera, including the unforgettably moving “Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again,” “Music of the Night” and “All I Ask of You,” a timeless duet with the most inspiring love lyrics ever written.
Les Misérables ranks with these as one of the finest musicals of the twentieth century, and we will hear several excerpts from it, including “Bring Him Home” and “On My Own.” Turning the clock back to World War II, we will hear delightful favorites from Rogers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific, including “A Cockeyed Optimist.” Cole Porter was perhaps the greatest of all lyricists and he is represented by his famous “Night and Day” from Gay Divorcee (little did he know….!). Guys and Dolls was one of the longest running musicals ever and we feature from it “If I Were a Bell.”
For all you southerners out there we offer “Be My Love” from The Toast of New Orleans, as well as the fascinating “You and I” from the cult hit Chess. No Broadway billboard would be complete without Leonard Bernstein, so we will hear songs from the magnificent Candide and, to bring the evening to a stunning finale, no less than four numbers from the iconic West Side Story. Rodrigo and Verónica act as well as they sing and the drama of Maria and Tony’s ill-fated love for each other will be played out on the terrace with a dramatic tension that will have you on the edge of your seat.
Tickets for Pro Musica’s fourth annual Garden Party Concert, at 500 pesos, are available at St. Paul’s Church, Calle Cardo 6, Monday through Friday, 10am to 4pm; La Tienda in the Biblioteca, Insurgentes 25; Solutions, Mesones 57; La Conexión, Aldama 3; daily until 2pm on Saturday, and at the door half an hour before the concert begins.
The quality of the music and opera Pro Musica brings to San Miguel, our unique Rhythm, Rhyme & Reason program, teaching music in underprivileged schools in the campo, and our work in the city’s orphanages, costs increasing amounts of money to provide. The best way to help us fund our activities is to become a Patron Member. Patron membership costs as little as US$100 per year, is US tax deductible and includes many benefits, such as complimentary concert tickets and Meet the Artists suppers and cocktail parties. For information on all of Pro Musica’s concerts for the 2013-2014 season and Patron Membership, please visit our website: promusicasma.com or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.