In our tenth anniversary season, Pro Musica Colorado embarks on a musical journey that will take our audiences from the joy of creation, through reflections on love and death, finally to triumph. Please join us in finding wonder, inspiration, and hope in these masterful artistic creations!
Joseph Haydn Creation
with Colorado Masterworks Chorus, soprano Amanda Balestrieri, and tenor Steven Soph
October 28 at 7:30 pm | Central Presbyterian Church, 1660 Sherman St., Denver
October 29 at 7:30 pm | First United Methodist Church, 1421 Spruce St., Boulder
Described as “some of the most lovable and life-affirming music ever composed,” Haydn’s Creation draws upon Genesis with responses culled from Milton’s epic poem Paradise Lost. Starting with the Big Bang and stopping short of The Fall, Creation celebrates the beauty of our world.
LOVE and DEATH
Shostakovich Symphony No. 14
with Jennifer Bird-Arvidsson and Ashraf Sewailam
January 20 at 7:30 pm | First Baptist Church of Denver, 1373 Grant St., Denver
January 21 at 7:30 pm | First United Methodist Church, 1421 Spruce St., Boulder
Composing this work from his hospital bed, Shostakovich produced a song-cycle symphony in which he set poems by Lorca, Rilke, Apollinaire, and Kuchelbecker “on the eternal themes of love and death.” Describing the work as “an impassioned protest against death,” Shostakovich found in death an inspiration for how to live.
Beethoven Symphony No. 3, Eroica
Carl Nielsen Flute Concerto, Christina Jennings, flutist
April 7 at 7:30 pm | First Baptist Church of Denver, 1373 Grant St., Denver
April 8 at 7:30 pm | First United Methodist Church, 1421 Spruce St., Boulder
Our season finale features Beethoven’s Heroic Symphony, a work of revolutionary scope. In the manuscript, Beethoven dedicated the work to Napoleon, whom he saw as a liberator of Europe. But when Napoleon later crowned himself emperor, Beethoven said “so he’s a tyrant like all others,” and scratched out the dedication with such vigor that he ripped the page. The symphony then became universal: it depicts the triumph of all of us who live the archetypal story that Joseph Campbell calls “The Hero’s Journey.”