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Pro Musica Youth Chamber Orchestra Returns with Inaugural Concert


By Tim Hazell

Pro Musica’s Youth Chamber Orchestra is back as the official “Orchestra in Residence” at Bellas Artes, with a “Music Under the Arches” concert series, an ongoing series of free Sunday concerts throughout 2019.

In addition, the 33-member orchestra has signed a new accord with the historic Centro Cultural El Nigromante’s new director, Gerardo Rábago, that will enrich the educational and cultural fabric of San Miguel. The accord is undergoing a “proceso juridico” with government officials in México City that will make it valid for up to six years with a simple yearly renewal process.

The inaugural concert for this year’s series will take place on Sunday, March 17, on the historic Bellas Artes main floor patio. The concert begins at 12:30pm.

This year, the orchestra has added young professional talents from leading symphony orchestras and has integrated its mentorship with top students from the Celaya Conservatory and the Guanajuato and Querétaro University faculties of music, pairing the  seasoned experience of professionals with the youthful enthusiasm and energy of an emerging generation of concert artists.

The program for the March 17 event will include masterworks such as the Coriolan Overture by Beethoven as well as the iconic second andante movement, with its characteristic “clock” rhythm, from Franz Joseph Haydn’s Symphony No 101. The concert will also feature Sibelius’s dark northern mediation, Sad Waltz, and Mozart’s ebullient allegro assai section from his No 31 “Paris” Symphony.

There will also be a spirited short introduction by one of the orchestra’s talented quartets, who will contribute music during the concert’s halfway point.

Beginning in April, the orchestra hopes to present the second adagio non troppo movement from the richly textured Symphony No 2 by Brahms and the effervescent Petite Suite by Claude Debussy.

Future performances in the Music Under the Arches series will integrate full-orchestra presentations and recitals by small ensembles. Last year, these sorts of presentations became a popular Sunday afternoon tradition for Sanmiguelenses, with audiences of all ages. Worthy of note are upcoming collaborations such as Mozart’s Concierto No 21 in C Major for piano and orchestra, featuring renowned pianist Marta García Renart and a special Christmas event featuring the Coro Juveníl (Youth Chorus) de Bellas Artes under the direction of Maestro Rábago, who will team up with our chamber orchestra.

I’ve received a lot of inquiries about our current state of affairs and concerts, and I’m very glad to announce that we are back. I believe we are going to have our most dynamic and productive year yet!

As always, there is no charge for these performances, but voluntary donations are welcome. The inaugural concert event should attract returning aficionados and new fans alike. We will provide comfortable seating for the audience. Come early for a ringside spot!



Pro Musica Youth Chamber Orchestra

Sun, Mar 17, 12:30pm

Bellas Artes

Hernández Macías 75, Centro



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