Concert and Champagne in a Magical Garden
By Mittie Roger
On Sunday, March 15, at 5pm Pro Musica presents its famed Garden Concert, a magical occasion where Hollywood meets Broadway, and one of the most acclaimed events of the season. The concert takes place in a spectacular private garden in Guadiana again, after last year’s sold-out smashing success. Champagne and canapés will flow generously, and tenor Rodrigo Garciarroyo, star of our opera La Traviata, will join soprano Diana Mora under the direction of pianist Mario Alberto Hernandez. They will recreate some of the greatest moments in Broadway musicals, Hollywood films, and classic American music from composers such as Cole Porter, George Gershwin, and Irving Berlin. Don’t miss the dazzling Garden Concert.
Pro Musica Concert Series
Sun, Mar 15, 5pm
Private garden in Guadiana
The program will highlight songs from many of the best-loved shows of the last five decades, and during a 45 minute interval, guests can explore the beautiful gardens, imbibing champagne, and grazing on a huge array of sumptuous appetizers and canapés—all included in the ticket price.
To mention but a few of the many songs that will be performed, Gershwin’s “Summertime,” from Porgy and Bess, a tragic folk opera of love and crime, will kick off the event followed by Berlin’s “What I’ll Do?” from The Great Gatsby will follow, in wich the singer questions how to get by now that a recent romance has ended, as well as Cole Porter’s “In the Still of the Night,” from Rosalie, and Errol Garner’s “Misty,” featured in the Clint Eastwood film, Play Misty for Me.
Rodgers and Hart’s “My Funny Valentine,” from Babes in Arms will be among the featured numbers. Rodgers first collaborated with lyricist Hart; after his death Rodgers teamed up with Hammerstein. Speaking of great teams, Harold Arlen wrote over 500 songs, including the music for The Wizard of Oz, performed by a young Judy Garland, which won an Academy Award; we will hear “Over the Rainbow.”
Harry Warren devoted himself to music, working on over 300 movies during his 40-year career. He was nominated 11 times for the Academy Award for Best Song, as well as three Oscars. Warren made the first gold record in history, which sold 1.2 million copies: “Chattanooga Choo Choo” played by Glen Miller. Surprisingly, he had more Hit Parade songs than even Irving Berlin. We will hear his “An Affair to Remember” from Our Love Affair. Songs from many other fascinating and popular composers will be featured, such as Johnny Mandel’s “The Shadow of Your Smile,” from The Sandpiper.
Tickets for the Garden Concert are 500 pesos donation each, including champagne and canapés, and are on sale at La Tienda in La Biblioteca Pública; at La Conexión (only at Aldama 3) at the School of Arts at the Instituto Allende, Ancha de San Antonio 22; and at the concert half an hour before performance time.
Details of all Pro Musica’s concerts and Patron Membership are on our new web site, www.promusicasma.org, or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org,