Pro Musica Concert Season Opens October 11
By Michael Pearl
After another phenomenal Pro Musica season which ended in March, our new season opens on Sunday, October 11, with one of America’s most talented young pianists, Adam Golka (“explosive … stunning performances” The New York Times). With Golka playing on our new nine-foot Steinway concert grand, the opening event will be an occasion not to be missed. Over the following five months to the middle of March 2016, the season promises to every bit as good, if not better, than previous ones.
We are bringing more new artists to San Miguel for the first time than ever before, including Richard Stoltzman, probably the world’s greatest clarinetist (“an artist of indescribable genius” The Washington Post) and the all female cello/piano Eroica Duo (“in their Carnegie Hall Debut and smash hit CD release these women have earned their foothold on the very highest rung of their profession,” The Wall Street Journal). On tour from Austria we also welcome the Wien Kammersymphonie (Vienna String Ensemble), La Catrina String Quartet, and the Latin American-based piano quintet, the Macondo Chamber Players.
After their gripping playing for us last season, we have invited back the Copeland House Trio, as well as Elizabeth Pitcairn, with her unique Red Stradivarius violin. The Garden Concert will end the season with a new musical theme in the form of the quintet Mexican Brass, who have not appeared for us for three years, and who have just returned from a triumphant 60-concert tour of the US.
The centerpiece of the season, on February 19/20, will be our own production of Verdi’s opera Un Ballo in Mascera, which includes many of the most wonderful arias that he wrote. We have brought together again an outstanding production team including music director Mario Alberto Hernandez. Rodrigo Garciarroyo will sing the lead as King Gustavo of Sweden. In the dramatic finale he will be murdered at the ball by his best friend, Count Ankerstrom, sung by the honey-toned bass-baritone Jesús Suaste, who brought the house down in last season’s production of La Traviata. The fortuneteller who predicts the King’s demise will be sung by the electrifying Carla López-Speziale, who triumphed in our production of Il Trovatore two seasons ago, and whom we are flying in especially from her home in New York for this production.
Our Patrons’ and Members’ subscriptions make all this possible, and we provide an unrivaled package of benefits in return for your donations. These include free tickets, reserved seats, invitations to exclusive meet-the-artists’ dinners/cocktails and an email booking facility so you do not have to hunt around town for tickets.
Subscriptions start from as little as US$100 per season and the more you give, the more benefits you receive. Your subscriptions also fund our education outreach programs, which enjoy unprecedented support from children, teachers, and parents. We teach the violin to many of the boys at the Mexiquito Orphanage and our flagship program, Rhythm, Rhyme & Reason, teaches some 800 children in disadvantaged schools in the municipality. Help classical music, culture, children and our city by becoming a patron member today. Full details of all our activities are on our web site: www.promusicasma.org, or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org