Joining us in our 11th season
We are pleased to announce our 11th season in which we will present musical treasures, old and new, with collaborators who are beloved in our community, including Nicolò Spera, Edward Dusinberre, St. Martin’s Chamber Choir, and composer Jeffrey Nytch. We are pleased to present a work by the major American composer, Jennifer Higdon, and the winning composer of the composition competition at the University of Colorado, Elena Specht.
“One of Italy’s finest guitarists, a very active performer on the two shores of the Atlantic Ocean, a thoughtful musician and a wonderful pedagogue.” – Lorenzo Micheli, internationally renowned concert artist and master teacher
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. His wide-ranging repertoire includes the extraordinary music of the Franco-Andalusian composer Maurice Ohana. He has given lecture-recitals on the music of Ohana at different institutions and festivals, including the Mediterranean Guitar Festival, Arizona State University, Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana, Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi in Milan, San Francisco Conservatory, and the University of Surrey for the launch of the International Guitar Research Centre. Read more...
St. Martin's Chamber Choir, led by founder, Artistic Director and conductor Timothy J. Krueger, was created in 1994. The choir presents concert programs drawn from choral literature spanning from Renaissance motets, through 18th century Baroque and Classical works and Romantic partsongs, to masterworks of the 20th and 21st centuries and new pieces composed expressly for the ensemble. Although the group's repertoire is largely a cappella, St. Martin's has collaborated with such groups as the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra, the Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado, the Colorado Music Festival Chamber Orchestra, the Confluence String Quartet, Stratus Chamber Orchestra and the Pro Musica Colorado Chamber Orchestra. Read more...
Edward Dusinberre was born in 1968 in Leamington Spa, England, and has enjoyed playing the violin from a young age. His early experiences as concertmaster of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain encouraged him to choose music as a profession. He studied with the Ukrainian violinist Felix Andrievsky at the Royal College of Music in London and at the Juilliard School with Dorothy DeLay and Piotr Milewski. In 1990 he won the British Violin Recital Prize and gave his debut recital in London at the Purcell Room, South Bank Centre. Upon completion of his studies at Juilliard, Dusinberre auditioned for the Takács Quartet, which he joined in 1993. Read more...
Jennifer Bird-Arvidsson, soprano, first joined Pro Musica in the Shostakovich Symphony No. 14. She is on the faculty at CU Boulder and her career spans the opera houses and concert halls of two continents. Learn more
Leah Creek Biesterfeld appeared with Pro Musica in a ravishing performance of Mozart’s Requiem. A national winner of the prestigious Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, she has performed leading roles with New York City Opera, Opera Company of Philadelphia, Opera Colorado, Santa Fe Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, Syracuse Opera, and Des Moines Metro Opera.
Steven Soph, tenor, appeared with Pro Musica in Haydn’s Creation and performs early and modern music across the country with Grammy-award winning ensembles, including recent appearances as soloist with The Cleveland Orchestra in Bach and Stravinsky. Learn more
Adam Ewing, baritone, has appeared in operas and oratorios ranging from Handel to Bernstein. Learn more
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. Learn more