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Pro Musica Classical Concert Season October Through March


By Michael Pearl

Pro Musica’s international classical chamber music and opera series is the most extensive in Latin America, and its next season will run from this October through March 2018. The opening concert will be on October 8 with the incredibly talented pianist Jenny Lin making her San Miguel debut (“a … beautifully executed … deeply felt performance … extraordinarily satisfying evening.” The Washington Post).

November 12 brings the uber-talented violinist Nicholas Kitchen with piano accompaniment (“thrilling, vibrant and captivating” The New York Times), whom many of you will know from his playing with the famed Borromeo String Quartet.

On November 18 we welcome the Vienna Kammersymphonie, which is touring Latin America. This chamber group specializes in performing major symphonic works arranged for smaller ensembles, and the program will include part of a Mahler Symphony and Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3.

At the concerts on December 1 and 3, we celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday with the Bravour Piano Trio, (“flawless technique … dazzling panache” The Toronto Star), three of that country’s leading musicians, flying in especially from Ottowa. We hope that all Canadians in particular will join us this weekend.

The New Year kicks off on the weekend of January 5–7 and features renowned Lithuanian pianist Edvinas Minkstimas, a young artist who is making waves wherever he plays (“a phenomenal virtuoso pianist”—Michel Beroff, Professor, Paris Conservatory).

From then on we have two concerts every weekend until the second half of March. Next up, January 12–14, features a return visit by the incredibly talented Macondo Chamber Players, a piano quintet (“Impeccable technique … precise gestures … poetic sounds” El País, Colombia) whom audiences raved about when they were here two years ago.

On January 19–21 we welcome Russian newcomers Dmitry and Yulia Kousov, cello and piano (“beautiful tone … exquisite dynamics and articulation” Palm Beach Daily News.) St. Petersburg-born Dmitri studied with Rostropovich and has appeared at all the major Russian venues.

Vega String Quartet

January 26–28 sees the return of the Vega String Quartet (“musicality … fragile delicacy … eloquent songfulness” The Los Angeles Times) after their marvelous performances as part of a piano quintet for us last season.

February 1 and 2 (Thursday and Friday) feature the explosive talent of young Israeli violinist Itamar Zorman, with piano accompaniment (splendid playing … the right mix of tenderness, agitation and spiritual succor” The New York Times). He was top prize winner of the International Tchaikovsky Competition in 2011 and made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2014.

February 9–11 is Opera Weekend, with our first ever Mozart production, Don Giovanni. The stars include Rodrigo Garciarroyo and, making a welcome return, baritone Enrique Angeles as the eponymous Don. There will be a Gala Fundraiser on Tuesday, February 6, with a reception, our Youth Orchestra playing, dinner, and performances by the stars of the opera.

February 16 and 17 brings the San Miguel debut of the Jupiter String Quartet (“From beginning to end, the Jupiter Quartet play as if they were on fire, with passion and energy galore”—Kansas City Star). The Jupiter and are a uniquely intimate group, consisting of violinists Nelson Lee and Megan Freivogel McDonough, violist Liz Freivogel (older sister of Meg), and cellist Daniel McDonough (husband of Meg, brother-in-law of Liz)!

February 23–25 sees one of the highlights of the season with the return of the phenomenal pianist Ran Dank. Ran gave his debut recital in Chicago last year, and the Chicago Classical Review had this to say about his performance: “spectacular … powerhouse performance … dazzling in its pyrotechnics … bravura … extroverted brilliance.” He will repeat that concert for us.

The Red Stradivarius

On March 1 and 2 another San Miguel favorite, Elizabeth Pitcairn, returns with her Red Stradivarius violin. Pro Musica audiences have taken them to their hearts and these are always two of the most popular concerts of the season.
March 9–11 brings the Copeland House Piano Trio. They are the acclaimed resident ensemble at Aaron Copland’s National Historic Landmark home in New York, now restored as a unique creative center for classical music. Lauded by audiences in San Miguel on their previous visits for playing of outstanding power, these two concerts are sure to thrill.

The following week sees a unique Pro Musica occasion on March 13 with an Anniversary Musical Extravaganza to celebrate president of Pro Musica Michael Pearl’s 70th birthday, and a decade as president. It will be held in a private home, and all proceeds will go to help fund a longer season in 2018–19. Expect a champagne reception, a full-length concert, and food and wine afterwards. Richard Dowling offers Gershwin and Beethoven, Rodrigo Garciarroyo sings Neapolitan love songs and numbers from the musicals, and Copeland House plays classical music.

Also that week, on March 15 and 16, Richard Dowling returns, following his sellout concerts at Carnegie Hall, playing the complete works of ragtime composer Scott Joplin for the first time ever. Spread over two performances, Richard will re-create his Carnegie Hall epic for us with 52 different rags, waltzes, and cake walks split between the two days.

The season ends on Sunday, March 18, with our famous Garden Concert in a magical private garden in Guadiana with a long interval when unlimited champagne and thousands of canapés will be served. This year features the Hotlanta six-piece Dixieland Jazz Band from the Deep South who will set your feet firmly on Bourbon Street in old New Orleans. All seating will be covered by tenting to keep sun and rain off the audience.

Staging music of this quality becomes more expensive each year and our ever-expanding Education Outreach Program always needs more resources, particularly with the growth of the Pro Musica Youth Orchestra. This is only possible because of the generosity of our Patron Members. To help us meet our objectives, we invite you to become a Patron Member with a donation from as little as US$100 per year and receive a generous package of benefits, including free tickets, priority entry to concerts, reserved seats, and invitations to Meet-the- Artists suppers and cocktails.

For full details of next season and all our activities, see our web site: To contact Pro Musica, email us at


Pro Musica Concert Series

2017–2018 Season Details


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