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A Little Water Music


By Tim Hazell

The Pro Musica Youth Chamber Orchestra will open its Bellas Artes concert this Sunday, July 15, at 12:30pm with an exhilarating excerpt from the collection of orchestral music known as Water Music by George Frideric Handel. Often published as three suites in F major, D major, and G major, the opus premiered on July 17, 1717, in response to a request for a concert on the River Thames by King George I.

The inaugural concert was recorded in The Daily Courant, Britain’s fledgling daily newspaper. King George and several aristocrats boarded a royal barge at Whitehall Palace for an excursion up the Thames, propelled by the rising tide, followed by another barge containing about 50 musicians who performed Handel’s opus. Londoners took to the Thames to watch and listen. According to The Courant, “the whole River in a manner was covered” with boats and barges. The king was so pleased with Water Music that he ordered it to be repeated at least three times, during the trip upstream to Chelsea and on the return to Whitehall.

Our Youth Orchestra is a highly regarded entity that reaches out to both the Mexican and expat communities through its inclusive approach to music education. Bellas Artes, for its part, knows that featuring the orchestra further enhances their agenda to become the cultural “hub” of San Miguel de Allende. The introduction by our excellent brass quintet will be followed by selections from classical masterworks by Mozart, Beethoven, Dvorak, Holst, and Sibelius, part of a year-long Music for Everyone series of performances.

The dedication 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 but also by donations that we received from as far away as Nashville, Tennessee. The Youth Chamber Orchestra has become Pro Musica’s “ice-breaker,” opening up dialogue and future creative partnerships with renowned ensemble directors, music pedagogues, and institutions. Through them, our reputation for education outreach goes forth into the community, proving beyond a doubt through their talents and conservatory-honed skills that “such miracles as this are possible.”

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 watch and hear the orchestra “up close and personal” as the musicians learn new music! Contact Program Director and Conductor Tim Hazell for further details at

Classical music enthusiasts of all ages are cordially invited to attend. Comfortable seating will be provided for the audience. There is no charge, but donations are welcome.

Our free Music for Everyone concert this Sunday is an event not to be missed!



By Pro Musica Youth Chamber Orchestra

Sun, Jul 15, 12:30pm

Bellas Artes

Hernández Macías 75, Centro



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