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Classical Music Inaugurates Spring

Pro Musica Youth Chamber Orchestra

By Tim Hazell

Pro Musica’s 30-member Youth Chamber Orchestra was recently appointed the official “Orchestra in Residence” at Bellas Artes/Centro Cultural “El Nigromante.” The ensemble has been busy rehearsing new additions to its repertoire, such as Haydn’s Symphony No.101 in D major, and preparing for its spring inauguration concert Sunday, February 4, at 12pm in the Bellas Artes main floor patio.

Haydn brought fresh innovations to his music, such as the (then new) clarinet in his Symphony No.101 in D major, the ninth of 12 London symphonies. It is popularly known as “The Clock” and opens with bassoons playing staccato and second violins, cellos, and double basses playing pizzicato to create the characteristic ticking effect, which gave rise to this symphony’s nickname, throughout the second, andante, movement.

The orchestra will be performing a “Music for Everyone” series of 12 concerts on the first Sunday of each month for the remainder of 2018, joined by Guanajuato Symphony bassoonist and orchestra member Alan Monahan. Seating will be provided for the audience. There is no charge, but donations are welcome. Bellas Artes organizers expect that these concerts will grow in popularity as they become a part of year-round musical offerings to the general public!

The dedication and pride of the young musicians is demonstrated by their commitment of up to three hours of travel by bus from their homes to rehearsals each Sunday. Their talents are being supported not only by Pro Musica members but also by donations that we received from as far away as Nashville, Tennessee, and two major ongoing contributors in San Miguel de Allende.

A recent instrument donor is James Warburton, who brought two matching rare A and Bb clarinets and a piccolo valued at $600 to San Miguel in January. His brother Terry, founder and president of the world-renowned Warburton Instruments Company in Florida, has pledged more world-class brass instruments from his company’s stock.

Despite this generosity, the orchestra still needs donations and gifts of instruments to fund rehearsals and to keep pace as new players are added. We invite all those interested to become “Friends of the Orchestra,” however large or small your contribution, and whether by way of money or instruments.

You can also attend a Sunday rehearsal on the Bellas Artes second floor, an ideal opportunity to become part of a session to watch and hear the musicians “up close and personal.” Contact the program director and Youth Orchestra conductor, Tim Hazell, for further details at

The special free “Music for Everyone spring concert on February 4 by the Pro Musica Youth Chamber Orchestra is an event not to be missed! Come one, come all; bring the family, and show your support!

The orchestra is also getting ready for its Gala Fundraiser concert on Tuesday, February 6, at a magnificent house in Los Frailes. Tickets are going fast! For availability contact us at



The Youth Chamber Orchestra

Sun, Feb 4, 12pm

Bellas Artes

Hernández Macías 75



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