11th Season Press Release

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PRO MUSICA COLORADO CHAMBER ORCHESTRA ANNOUNCES THEIR 11TH SEASON WITH GUEST ARTISTS NICOLO SPERA, EDWARD DUSINBERRE AND ST. MARTIN’S CHAMBER CHOIR

Oct. 5, 2017 – Denver, CO – Pro Musica Colorado Chamber Orchestra (Pro Musica) launches its eleventh season offering works that are poignant, playful and provocative with guest artists who are beloved in our community.

“For our 11th season we are pleased to present musical treasures, old and new, with collaborators who are beloved in our community,” said Cynthia Katsarelis, Music Director and Conductor. “It is always a joy to work with Nicolò Spera, Ed Dusinberre, St. Martin’s Chamber Choir and composer Jeffrey Nytch.”

Cynthia Katsarelis is participating in the Women in Music Symposium at the University of Denver on October 7 and 8. In February, Pro Musica includes a work by the major American composer Jennifer Higdon and this year’s winning composer of the composition competition at the University of Colorado, Elena Specht.

Pro Musica opens their season October 20 in Denver and October 21 in Boulder with Something Old, Something New: An Evening of Neoclassical Works with Guitarist Nicolò Spera, two evenings of delightful neoclassical works that pay homage to old and new while still speaking to the composer's zeitgeist. Ravel's Le Tombeau de Couperin honors the Baroque master, but is dedicated to a friend who perished in World War I.

Next on the season schedule is Liberation: From the Reformation to Haydn’s "La Reine" with St. Martin’s Chamber Choir, February 9 in Denver and February 10 in Boulder. Through these concerts, Pro Musica will commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation with J.S. Bach's A Mighty Fortress is our God. In addition, Pro Musica will present one of Joseph Haydn's most sublime Paris symphonies, “La Reine,” which was Marie Antoinette's favorite.

For their final concerts of the season on April 13 in Denver and April 14 in Boulder, Pro Musica will present The Heart of Hungary with Violinist Edward Dusinberre. In addition to Bartók’s Divertimento, Pro Musica will present the world premiere of the violin concerto Costa Concordia about a Hungarian violinist on the ill-fated cruise ship who secured the safety of many passengers but perished trying to retrieve his violin.

Pro Musica’s Music Director and Conductor, Cynthia Katsarelis, will present a free talk prior to each concert at 6:30 PM.

Tickets are on sale now and are available online at promusicacolorado.org. A 3-Concert Package is available for a 20% discount.

FULL SEASON SCHEDULE

Something Old, Something New: An Evening of Neoclassical Works with Guitarist Nicolò Spera
October 20 at 7:30 PM (Bethany Lutheran Church, Cherry Hills Village)
October 21 at 7:30 PM (Mountain View United Methodist Church, Boulder)

Maurice Ravel (1875-1937) Le Tombeau de Couperin
Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco (1895-1968) Guitar Concerto No. 1 in D Major, op. 99
Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971) Suite from Pulcinella, after J.B. Pergolesi

Delightful, fun, and full of pizazz. Join us for a program of neoclassical works that pay homage to the old while envisioning the new. Stravinsky’s setting of Pulcinella, the clown, covers all of the moods, but especially humor. Nicolò Spera, playing a concerto by his countryman, Italian Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, is not to be missed. It’s a sublimely beautiful and engaging work.

Liberation: From the Reformation to Haydn’s "La Reine" with St. Martin’s Chamber Choir
February 9 at 7:30 PM (Bethany Lutheran Church, Cherry Hills Village)
February 10 at 7:30 PM (First United Methodist Church, Boulder)

World premiere from CU Composition Competition winner, Elena Specht
Jennifer Higdon Dance Card
Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809) Symphony No. 85 La Reine in Bb Major
JS Bach (1685-1750) Cantata: Ein Feste Burg ist Unser Gott - in D Major, BWV 80

La Reine is one of Haydn’s Paris symphonies; it is so named because it was the favorite of the Queen of France, Marie Antoinette. It is a beautiful and graceful work. In celebration of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation, we will also perform Bach’s cantata Ein Feste Burg ist Unser Gott (A Mighty Fortress is our God), which marks a liberation of the human spirit to follow one’s own consciousness. Finally, we are again commissioning a work by the concerto competition winner at University of Colorado Boulder, giving gifted young composers a significant professional and educational experience.

The Heart of Hungary with Violinist Edward Dusinberre
April 13 at 7:30 PM (Bethany Lutheran Church, Cherry Hills Village)
April 14 at 7:30 PM (First United Methodist Church, Boulder)

Béla Bartók (1881-1945) Rumanian Folk Dances
Jeff Nytch Violin Concerto: Costa Concordia
Béla Bartók Divertimento for String Orchestra

A special event featuring a beloved local violinist, Edward Dusinberre and CU composer, Jeffrey Nytch, joining Pro Musica Colorado to present the world premiere of Jeffrey’s Violin Concerto Costa Concordia. In it, Jeffrey, a Hungarian-American, tells the story of a Hungarian violinist on the ill-fated cruise ship Costa Concordia. The opening work, a setting of Rumanian folk dances by Bartók as well as the composer’s Divertimento for String Orchestra show the Hungarian composer’s absorption with the folk music of his native land.

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Support is provided by: The Scientific & Cultural Facilities District (SCFD) and Boulder County Arts Alliance.

TICKETS
Tickets are available online at promusicacolorado.org and in person prior to each concert. Adult general admission: $35, youth general admission: $5. For more information, call 720-443-0565.
Groups of 10 or more receive a 10% discount on adult tickets purchased for the same concert and date.
A 3-Concert Package is available for $84, which is a discount of 20%.

ABOUT PRO MUSICA COLORADO’S VISITING ARTISTS
Nicolò Spera - Italian guitarist Nicolò Spera brings to his teaching and performing a unique synthesis of European and American traditions. Spera is one of the few guitarists in the world to perform on both six-string and ten-string guitars, as well as on theorbo.

St. Martin's Chamber Choir - Founded in 1994 as Colorado’s only year-round, fully professional choir, St. Martin’s has delighted Colorado audiences for more than 20 years with its exhilarating sound, exquisite blend, and fascinating repertoire, drawn from 1,000 years of choral music.

Edward Dusinberre - Edward Dusinberre is the first violinist of the internationally renowned Takács Quartet. The Takács Quartet has been in residence at the University of Colorado since 1983 and, in collaboration with other String Faculty, has developed a program geared toward students who relish the chance to develop their artistry with a special emphasis on chamber music, in a small, tightly-knit community where students will not be lost in the crowd.

Jeffrey Nytch - Jeffrey Nytch enjoys a rich and diverse career as a composer, performer, educator and advocate. As Director of the Entrepreneurship Center for Music at The University of Colorado-Boulder, he draws on the full range of his professional experiences

ABOUT PRO MUSICA COLORADO CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
Pro Musica Colorado’s mission is to provide extremely high-quality performances of significant repertoire for chamber orchestra, by professionals with high-caliber training and experience, to be a strong contributing and collaborating member of the arts culture on the Front Range and to reach out to various audiences, children and adults, of all backgrounds. To learn more, visit www.promusicacolorado.org.