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Pro Musica Presents the 2019–2020 Concert Season

PRO MUSICA

By Michael Pearl

The twenty-second Pro Musica concert series, which starts October 6 and runs through the end of March 2020, has a large array of musicians and music to suit all tastes, including two operas.

We celebrate two remarkable anniversaries this season: the two hundred fiftieth of Beethoven’s birth and the centenary of Leonard Bernstein’s. Not to be missed will be Amit Peled’s playing the complete cycle of Beethoven cello sonatas on Pablo Casals’s famed cello, and two performances of the music of Leonard Bernstein, narrated by his daughter, Jamie.

The season will also be a landmark for our opera productions. At the Teatro Angela Peralta, we will produce Donizetti’s wonderful L’Elisir D’Amore (The Elixir of Love), which we will stage for the first time with an orchestra, from the Cultural Institute of Leon. We also present our first full-length baroque opera, Monteverdi’s The Coronation of Poppea, at the Bellas Artes, accompanied by a baroque orchestra.

The opening concert features the incredibly talented violinist Susie Park, associate concertmaster of the Minnesota Orchestra. This is her San Miguel de Allende debut (“prodigiously talented,” Washington Post). On Sunday November 10, we will stage the second Metropolitan Opera Winners Concert, featuring the winners from the auditions that we will hold that week.

The last concerts of 2019 will be on December 6 and 8 when Australian pianist Alexander Boyd gives two solo recitals (“truly breathtaking virtuosity,” Sydney Morning Herald). I can personally vouch for Alex’s outstanding talent, having heard him play last year in London where he wowed the audience.

After the holiday break, the New Year kicks off on January 3 and 5, 2020 with fabulous cellist Mark Kosower (“a virtuoso of staggering prowess,” Cleveland Plain Dealer). Mark is principal cellist of the Cleveland Orchestra and an internationally renowned soloist. From then on, we have two concerts every weekend until the end of March. Space is limited to mention anything but a fraction of them, but they include one of our audience favorites, the Canadian Bravour Piano Trio and the first visit to San Miguel of the US-based, all Latin American, Dali String Quartet (the “beautifully prepared program … blazed.” Philadelphia Inquirer). The season ends on March 27 with our famous garden concert in a magical private garden in Guadiana, including a long interval with unlimited prosecco and thousands of canapés.

Staging music of this quality becomes more expensive each year, and our expanding presence in the wider community also needs more resources. This includes the Pro Musica Youth Orchestra, our Children’s Orchestra, and now the addition of the Young Musician of the Year Competition. All this is only possible because of the generosity of our wonderful Patron Members.

I invite you to become a member and enjoy a wonderful range of benefits, including the sought-after post-concert events to meet the artists. See our website for full information on how to become a member, or email us at promusicasma@aol.com

 

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