Princeton Pro Musica 2019-2020 Season
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Featuring Lily Arbisser, soprano, PPM honors the life and legacy of Anne Frank, seventy-five years after her death. James Whitbourn’s haunting, moving music sets the words of her diary for chorus, soprano, and chamber ensemble. Come to Richardson Auditorium early at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 15, to hear renowned lecturer and music scholar Dr. Elayne Robinson Grossman speak about Annelies. Buy tickets now.
Featuring the brilliant Eric Plutz on the mighty Mander-Skinner organ of the Princeton University Chapel, PPM presents Duruflé’s exquisite Requiem, with powerful, festive settings of the Te Deum for choir, organ, and brass. Buy tickets now.
Earlier this season…
PPM returned to the music of Mozart and performed his magestic setting of the mass text, which combines towering movements for double chorus with gorgeous duets for two sopranos: Clara Rottsolk and Molly Netter. This program also included Mozart’s sparkling Clarinet Concerto.
This warm and joyous holiday concert featured the “Christmas portion” of Messiah by George Frederic Handel alongside Joy to the World, our own maestro’s stirring suite of carols and holiday songs.
Artistic Director Ryan James Brandau
Featuring Lily Arbisser, soprano, PPM honors the life and legacy of Anne Frank, seventy-five years after her death. James Whitbourn’s haunting, moving music sets the words of her diary for chorus, soprano, and chamber ensemble. Annelies is a full-length choral work based on the Diary of Anne Frank. Annelies is the full first name of Anne Frank, now commonly known by her abreviated first name, Anne. The music is by British composer, James Whitbourn, and the libretto is compiled from the diary by Melanie Challenger.
Crowds enjoyed Cookies and Caroling immediately following
the Holiday Concert Sunday, December 15
Audience members joined singers of Princeton Pro Musica and Trenton Children’s Chorus backstage immediately following the holiday concert, Messiah and More, Sunday afternoon December 15 in the Patriots Theater of the Trenton War Memorial. Treated to delectable cookies made by members of Princeton Pro Musica, and varieties of sparkling water, patrons sang along with PPM singers and members of Trenton Children’s Chorus for an informal sing-along. Lyrics of traditional Christmas Carols and holiday songs were provided, and a pianist accompanied us. One patron noted, “Singing carols with pros – How cool is that?!”
Mozart Great Mass in C-minor – November 3, 2019
Richardson Auditorium, Princeton University
©Ryan James Brandau, Artistic Director, Princeton Pro Musica
Musicologist Scott Burnham opens his book Mozart’s Grace with a caveat from theologian Karl Barth: Whoever has discovered Mozart even to a small degree and then tries to speak about him falls quickly into what seems rapturous stammering,” Indeed, it’s difficult to find words on par with music that, in Burnham’s estimation, “seems somehow pre-made which glows with a self-sufficiency that has less to do with unity and more with apartness: untouched, untouchable.” But, I shall try.
Programs made possible in part by funds from Church & Dwight Employee Giving Fund, The Edward T. Cone Foundation, The New Jersey State Council on the Arts – Department of State – a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, and The New Jersey Cultural Trust.