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A Fascination with America

By Tim Hazell

Pro Musica’s thirty-member Youth Chamber Orchestra will perform on the historic Bellas Artes patio on Sunday, May 27 at 12:30pm. The event is part of their ongoing commitment to bring classical music to people of all ages in a beautiful setting. Concerts are frequently attended by over three hundred music lovers, include families who bring their children along. These recitals are becoming a wonderful way to begin a leisurely Sunday afternoon in San Miguel!

The concert will open with an introduction by its excellent brass quintet, featuring excerpts from Modest Mussorgsky’s Pictures from an Exhibition. The full orchestra will then perform the famous second Andante movement from Haydn’s Symphony 101 in D Major (Clock), with its characteristic “ticking” rhythm, followed by Jean Siebelius’ Valse Triste (Sad Waltz), Op. 44. Our string quartet will deliver a rousing performance of Dvorák’s Quartet Number 12 in F major (American) at halftime.

Antonín Dvorák sat down to compose his String Quartet No. 12 in F major, Op. 96 in the summer of 1893. The resulting “American” String Quartet is, along with the “New World” Symphony and a handful of Slavonic Dances, the only Dvorák music that many music lovers are familiar with.

Dvorák spent three years in the United States (1892-1895) as the director of the newly-founded National Conservatory of Music in New York. His creation of this beloved string quartet was nurtured during a vacation in Iowa. Dvorák made such rapid and unexpected progress that he added a sentence of gratitude to God at the end of his first draft! The quartet received its premiere in Boston on New Year’s Day 1893. It is now considered a gem of early modern quartet repertoire.

The Czech composer was fascinated by Native and African American music. Throughout the “American” Quartet, new tonal elements bubble to the surface, adding zest to his usual quartet approach. Pentatonic scales, audacious syncopation, and provocative American rhythms are evident throughout. Dvorák had this to say about his adopted country’s influence: “I have not actually used any of the Native American melodies. I have simply written original themes embodying the peculiarities of the Indian music, and, using these themes as subjects, have developed them with all the resources of modern rhythms, counterpoint, and orchestral color.”

The Youth Chamber Orchestra is presenting a Music for Everyone series of Sunday concerts for the remainder of 2018. Comfortable 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 part of year-round musical offerings to the general public!


This special Pro Musica Youth Chamber Orchestra event on Sunday, May 27 will feature some of Mexico’s exceptional young talents! Come one, come all, bring the family and show your support!



Music for Everyone

Youth Chamber Orchestra

Sun, May 27, 12:30pm

Bellas Artes

Hernández Macías 75, Centro




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