San Miguel’s Official Youth Orchestra
By Tania Noriz
In an attempt to provide more and better spaces for the children and youth of San Miguel, Pro Musica has teamed up with the Department of Education and Culture to create the Pro Musica San Miguel Youth Orchestra. Children and adolescents ages 1220 are welcome to join the Orchestra. Rehearsals are Thursdays, 4:30-6pm at the Casa de Cultura, Mesones 71.
Pro Musica has established Rhythm, Rhyme and Reason as the most popular children’s music outreach program currently being offered in San Miguel de Allende’s central and outlying primary schools. A new convenio (agreement) with the city’s Department of Education and Culture Director, Arq. José Gustavo Vidargas Larrea, promises to build on RR&R’s extraordinary success. The collaboration officially inaugurates the Pro Musica San Miguel Youth Orchestra, a twenty-piece classical ensemble of talented music students ages 12–20, who have been rehearsing under the guidance of Maestro Rafael Aguascalientes at the Casa de Cultura, Mesones 71, for the past three years.
Also lending their support to the bicultural convenio were San Miguel Mayor Lic. Ricardo Villarreal García; C. Pavel Alejandro Hernandez Gomez, Trustee of the Municipal Síndico de Ayuntamiento; Municipal Treasurer C.P.C Alejandro Martínez Acosta; and Lca. Jaquelin Cerroblanco of the Presidencia’s Legal Department.
San Miguel El Grande Pro Musica wants to expand this classical youth orchestra to a full symphony size over the next three years—under the guidance of President Michael Pearl and Vice President and Director of Music Outreach Education Tim Hazell—to become one of the best children’s and youth orchestras in the state of Guanajuato.
Pro Musica’s vision for the future is summed up by Michael and Tim, who had this to say about their new outreach project: “We see the Pro Musica San Miguel Youth Orchestra as a benefit to children as a first rate vehicle for nurturing young, creative minds, and to their parents, who have the joy of seeing them develop talents and possibly move on to professional player status.”
The orchestra will also benefit the wider community of San Miguel, not only by giving public concerts, but by reaching out with performances to underprivileged children in deprived regional schools.
With Pro Musica’s support and possibilities for funding by patrons of classical music, the orchestra will be able to employ more teachers for a wider variety of instruments. There will be master classes with musicians playing in the Pro Musica concert series and other professionals visiting San Miguel. Pro Musica also plans to provide scholarships and free tickets to concerts whenever possible as part of its strategy for the orchestra.
The young musicians currently enrolled in the program will experience an encounter with a wider public and get the chance to perform February 16 at 6pm at the annual Pro Musica Gala Fundraiser. The twenty-minute program will include excerpts from Antonin Dvorák’s Largo #12 from the New World Symphony; Robert Schumann’s Nocturne #4, Opus 23; Johann Pachelbel’s Canon in D Major, and two famous waltzes: The Blue Danube by Johann Straus II and The Skaters by Émile Waldteufel.
For tickets, contact Pro Musica at email@example.com or visit www.promusica.org.