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  • by Cynthia Katsarelis

    Our Tenth Anniversary Season has an arc moving from joyful creation, to the life lessons inherent in death, to powerful engagement with the meaning of life. 

    We open our season with Haydn’s incredible oratorio, The Creation, depicting the creation of the world, as told by the Bible in Genesis, with commentary from the poet Milton. The idea of creation invokes the imagination, it contains a sense of mystery and perhaps magic. Whether it is artistic creation, birth,...

  • Amanda Balestrieri, Soprano

    Leah Creek Biesterfeld, Mezzo-Soprano

    David Farwig, Baritone

    Joseph Gaines, Tenor

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  • Both beautiful and dramatic, Mozart’s Requiem, is one of the most-loved pieces of music today.

    Pro Musica's performances of this masterpiece will feature St. Martin’s Chamber Choir alongside four solo artists. Featured singers are Amanda Balestrieri, Leah Biesterfield, Paul David Farwig and Joseph Gaines.

    The solo artists provide a clear dialogue between the orchestra and the song,...

  • by Cynthia Katsarelis 

    Mozart’s Requiem is a musical miracle and a mystery story wrapped into one. He wrote much of it on his own death bed. He didn’t finish it, but was able to give some instructions to one of his students, Franz Süssmayr, on how to complete the work. Indeed, Constanze, Süssmayr, and other friends had sung the existing vocal parts with Mozart. 

    The work was commissioned by Count von Walsegg-Stuppach to commemorate the death of his young wife earlier in 1791. There’s a lot of controversy about whether or not the Count was planning to have the...

Mozart Symphony No 25, 1st mmt

2016-17 Season

Season of Creation!

Haydn Creation w/ Colorado Masterworks Chorus
Shostakovich Symphony No. 14
Beethoven Eroica
Friday, October 28, 2016
7:30pm

Central Presbyterian, Denver
Friday, January 20, 2017
7:30pm

First Baptist Church of Denver
Friday, April 7, 2017
7:30pm

First Baptist Church of Denver
Saturday, October 29, 2016
7:30pm

First United Methodist, Boulder 
Saturday,January 21, 2017
7:30pm

First United Methodist, Boulder 
Saturday, April 8, 2017
7:30pm

First United Methodist, Boulder
     
Haydn’s Creation has been described as "some of the most lovable and life-affirming music ever composed." It intersperses the Creation Story from the Book of Genesis with delightful responses from Paradise Lost by poet John Milton. Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 14 is essentially a song cycle-symphony. Written from his hospital bed, Shostakovich wrote "on the eternal themes of love and death," setting poems by Lorca, Rilke, Apollinaire, and Kuchelbecker. While it may sound like a downer, Shostakovich explained to his audience "My symphony is an impassioned protest against death." He looked to death as an inspiration to make sure that he lived his life to its full. Our season finale features Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3, "Eroica," or "Heroic." Beethoven wrote this after resigning himself to the onset of deafness and in it he seemed to work out how he would live, the meaning of his life, as it were. Famously, he dedicated it to Napoleon when Beethoven saw him as a liberator of Europe. When Napoleon crowned himself emperor, Beethoven declared “so he’s a tyrant” and scratched out the dedication with such vigor that it ripped the page. In removing Napoleon, he made the work more universal and that invites us all into the archetypal story.
     
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