2019- 2020 Season!
Bach’s B Minor Mass ~ October 2019
(Johann Sebastian Bach 1685-1750 )
With St. Martin’s Chamber Choir
J.S. Bach’s son, Carl Phillip Emanuel Bach, catalogued this work as The Great Catholic Mass. It is indeed a setting of the ordinary of the Catholic Mass, a peculiar genre for a Lutheran musician. Bach, the recycler, wrote the Sanctus in 1724. In 1733, he wrote the Kyrie and Gloria and submitted it for a job application to become the Court Composer for the Elector of Saxony. The rest of the work was completed in the last three year’s of his life, for reasons unknown.
Regardless of the origins and motivations, this is one of the supreme masterworks of the genre. It’s been called “a cathedral in sound” and is an apt metaphor. Out of the many movements and sub movements of the Mass, through the chorus’s, solos, and duets, the work provides an experience of wonder, awe, majesty, and solemn profundity.
PMC collaborates again with SMCC, a professional chorus that is unsurpassed in music for chamber choir. “The musical capacity of Tim Krueger and the singers in SMCC to deliver beautiful vocal quality and spin out beautiful phrases while crafting the large scale form is unmatched. PMC and SMCC are a perfect match for this musical landmark,” says PMC Music Director CK.
Diverse Voices ~ February 2020
This concert features terrific and engaging music by composers whose delightful voices need more opportunity to be enjoyed. Featured composers will be African American composers William Grant Still and Gabriela Frank, along with music from Haiti. When the Czech composer, Antonin Dvorak came to the US, he urged American composers to draw on our indigenous music, as he learned it from his students at the American Conservatory of Music in New York City. All of the works on the program draw immediately and authentically from the cultural roots of the composers. “I love the established musical canon and we play plenty of the ‘great works,’ but there is so much more to human expression and great music than the top 50. There are more voices to hear, more cultures to appreciate, more feelings to feel,” says Katsarelis.
Composing Climate Change ~ March 2020
This program celebrates nature, but also raises concern about climate change. Beethoven himself named his Symphony No. 6, Pastoral, and provided a note for his first audience describing his Pastoral Symphony as “more an expression of feeling than painting,” along with descriptive titles for each of the movements. “I think all Coloradans can appreciate feelings surrounding being in nature,” CK. The program includes a work for String Trio and Orchestra entitled Earth and Sky by Gwyneth Walker. In addition to the string trio, it features narration using texts from Chief Seattle, Chief Joseph, and Henry Thoreau. The string trio is Musical Harmonia, comprised of Joan Griffing, Violin; Diane Phoenix-Neal, Viola; and Beth Vanderborgh, Cello. This year’s winner of the CU Boulder Composition Competition is Dianna Link. Link is writing a work for Pro Musica Colorado that will receive its world premiere on this concert. “Link is the first undergraduate to win the competition in a talented and crowded field. We’re looking forward to including her voice on our program.”