Pro Musica Classical Concert Season October Through March
By Michael Pearl
Pro Musica’s international classical chamber music series is the most extensive in Latin America and its next season will run from this October thru March 2017. With 27 performances this will be its longest season ever, opening on October 9 with the incredibly talented violinist Gil Morgenstern (“a brilliant artist.. rich, penetrating tone” The New York Times) with piano accompaniment.
Pro Musica Concert Series (opening)
Sun, Oct 9, 5pm
November 13 brings the return of pianist Brian Ganz (“The ravishing sensual beauty of Ganz’s sound” The Washington Post) Many of you will remember that he has a ten year project to play all of Chopin’s works for piano in public from memory.
December brings our first two-concert weekend with Nicholas Tzavaras, cellist (“richly singing. Beautifully nuanced (The New York Times). Nicholas was for 15 years cellist of the internationally famous Shanghai Quartet, and will be accompanied by pianist Reiko Aizawa.
The first concerts of the New Year, on January 7/8, 2017, will be charged with energy as Richard Stoltzman (“the world’s most phenomenal clarinettist” The Boston Globe) and his equally stupendous marimbist wife, Mika, with pianist Will Ransom, return for two performances of classical and jazz pieces that will have you sitting on the edge of your seats.
From then until end March we have two concerts every weekend. January’s further highlights include violinist Andrew Sords (“his energy spilled out in a glittering encore” The Age – Melbourne), the renowned Cuarteto Latinoamericano (“Any quartet we’re likely to hear will be hard pressed to. Surpass the playing of the Cuarteto Latinoamericano” The Los Angeles Times) and female solo pianist, Mizuzu Tanaka, from Japan (“a rare combination of poetic sensitivity and breathtaking virtuosity” The Messenger Gazette, New Jersey).
In February the roster features the cello/piano duo of Amit Peled (“blazing performance crackling with virtuosic energy, humor and delight” Palm Beach Daily News) and Alon Goldstein, piano. Israeli-American Amit was handed Pablo Casals’ 1733 cello after the maestro’s death by his widow and is his natural successor. Following them, violinist David Coucheron (“a creamy highly expressive. Highly focused sound [from] his 1725 Stradivarius.” Fort Worth Star-Telegram). Will perform with piano accompaniment. In 2010, at age 25, he became the leader of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the youngest concertmaster of any major U.S. orchestra. At the end of the month we welcome the return of the young and uber-talented Amernet String Quartet (“music making of exciting impetuosity and fervor.” The Miami Herald).
On February 10th and 12th we present our own production of Puccini’s hugely popular opera Madam Butterfly at the Angela Peralta Theater. The opera will feature Rodrigo Garciarroyo with an all-star Mexican cast. There will be a Gala Fundraiser on February 7 to support our extensive Education Outreach Program featuring the stars of the opera, the new Pro Musica San Miguel Youth Orchestra and a champagne reception and dinner at a magnificent hacienda in Los Frailes.
March sees more fabulous artists, including San Miguel newcomers the Pacific Piano Trio (“A concert by the Pacific Trio was a special treat, as the trio demonstrated in convincing manner why it should be considered one of the best.” Los Angeles Times) and South African pianist Anton Nel (“plays with the authority and artistic strength of someone who can go the whole way to the highest goals.” Chicago Sun Times). A highlight of the season will be a piano quintet with the returning Vega String Quartet (“a single-minded and relentless concentration … and a compelling sense of authority…It glowed with musicality” The Los Angeles Times) joined by pianist William Ransom.
Finally on 26 March there is our renowned Garden Concert in a magical private garden in Guadiana with a long interval when champagne and canapés will be served. The event features the San Miguel debut of the talented Smoky Mountain Brass Quintet, a favourite of many similar events throughout the US.
Staging an extensive classical music season of this quality with ticket prices far lower than in North America or Europe becomes ever more expensive, and Pro Musica’s extensive Education Outreach Program always needs additional resources, particularly with the formation of the classical Pro Musica San Miguel Youth Orchestra.
Now is an ideal opportunity to support Pro Musica by becoming a member from as little as US$100 per year and receive a wealth of benefits, including free tickets, reserved seats, a dedicated ticket booking hotline and invitations to exclusive suppers and cocktails with the artists.
Contact us at: email@example.com, web site: promusicasma.org
Michael Pearl is President of Pro Musica.