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Get Ready for the 2018-2019 Pro Musica Concert Season!

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By Mittie Babette Roger

Welcome to the beginning of the fantastic twenty-first anniversary concert season! We begin with an exciting opening concert on Sunday, October 7, 2018: the incredibly talented violinist Charles Wetherbee, called “a consummate artist… with flawless technique” by the Washington Post, will be making his San Miguel de Allende debut.

This will be a very operatic year for us, not least with our staging of the first Metropolitan Opera auditions for the whole of Mexico on November 8, followed by a concert featuring the winner and award recipients on Saturday, November 10. This will include Pro Musica’s choice of Singer of the Future. This is a unique opportunity to hear the best of Mexican voices before they go to the Regional Finals in New Orleans.

Next up, our first four-hands piano concert will marry the talent of our beloved William Ransom with Julie Coucheron, described as “exquisite” by the Washington Post. The new year kicks off on January 4 and 6 with “the world’s most phenomenal clarinetist” (Boston Globe), Richard Stoltzman, and his equally charismatic wife, Mika, on the five-octave concert marimba. For the first time in San Miguel, they will be accompanied by son Peter John on piano. Expect a storm of music, from classical to jazz and everything in between.

Afterward, we have two concerts every weekend until the end of March. One of January’s highlights will be our now annual recitals by leading Canadian musicians. This year, on January 18 and 20 we will present violinist Laurence Kayaleh (“a luminous talent” Le Figaro) playing a 1742 Guarneri, once owned by Carl Flesch. He will be accompanied by Claire Ouellet, professor of piano at the Montreal Conservatory.

Space does not permit me to mention all the amazing concerts, but let me share just a few. On January 31 and February 1, the Atlanta Chamber Players, a sextet of wind and brass musicians comprised of artists from the first desks of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, will return to San Miguel for the first time in many years.

February 8 and 10 is Opera Weekend, featuring Giuseppe Verdi’s masterpiece Rigoletto with a splendid cast of top Mexican artists, including Enrique Angeles (last season’s superb Don Giovanni) and Rodrigo Urrutia (who stole the show as the Don’s wickedly funny sidekick, Leporello). The annual Gala Fundraiser will start with the events on Tuesday, February 5, with the stars of the opera and the Pro Musica Youth Orchestra.

A second operatic production, with Opera Guanajuato at the Bellas Artes’ auditorium, presents two Baroque comic operas. The program includes Pergolesi’s La Serva Padrona and Bach’s delightful Coffee Cantata, preceded by a selection of arias by Handel, Monteverdi, and Pergolesi.

March 1 and 3 brings the return of Ran Dank, one of the world’s finest young pianists. The Chicago Classical Review described his debut as a “spectacular … powerhouse”. On March 5 (Tuesday), we will celebrate Pro Musica’s twenty-first anniversary with a splendid musical extravaganza to raise funds to extend our 2019-20 season. Some of our most-loved artists will perform a concert in the intimate covered outdoor sala, preceded by a champagne reception in the garden

March 22 and 24 brings the San Miguel debut of Zuill Bailey, “one of the most exciting cellists to come along in years” (the Kansas City Star). He won the Best Solo Performance award at the Grammy Awards in 2017 for his recording of Tales of Hemingway by Michael Daugherty, which he will perform for us.

The season ends on Friday, March 29 with our famous Garden Concert in a magical private garden in Guadiana, including a long interval with unlimited Prosecco and thousands of canapés. This year, we present “Broadway Nights,” with three leading artists from New York. All seating will be covered to protect against sun and rain.

Before the season opens is a good time to become a Patron Member of Pro Musica for as little as US$100 per year. You will enjoy benefits ranging from free tickets, invitations to postconcert suppers and cocktail events in private homes with the artists, reserved seats, and a ticket-booking hotline (according to the level you subscribe at). Please visit our website for more information: promusicasma.org. Individual tickets are available on the site as well.

 

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