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39th Season of Choral Masterworks

 

 

Princeton Pro Musica 2017-18 Concert Season

Reserve now on your calendar concert dates for Princeton Pro Musica’s exciting thirty-ninth season 2017-18!  You may purchase subscriptions online by clicking on each concert name below, by telephone to the PPM office 609-683-5122, or by US mail to PPM at P.O. Box 2244, Princeton, NJ 08543 .  In addition to community outreach performances, Princeton Pro Musica will present four major concerts in an extraordinary 39th season.

 

Vespers [1]

Claudio Monteverdi [2]

7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 3, 2018

Princeton University Chapel [3], Princeton, NJ

Princeton Pro Musica Chorus and Orchestra

Choral Festival Guest Choirs Princeton High School Choir [4] and Bridgewater-Raritan High School Choir [5]

Soloists: Clara Rottsolk [6], soprano; Timothy Parsons [7] countertenor; Steven Caldicott Wilson [8], tenor; Christopher Herbert, [9] baritone; Jonathan Woody, [10] bass-baritone

The grandeur of multiple choirs, the beauty of the solo voice, and the splendor of the early Baroque orchestra will combine in the magnificent space of the Princeton University Chapel

 

 

War Requiem [11]

Benjamin Britten [12]

8 p.m. Friday, April 27 and Saturday, April 28

Richardson Auditorium [13], Princeton University

Princeton Pro Musica sings as a guest of the Princeton University Glee Club [14] and Orchestra  [15].  All Princeton Pro Musica subscribers will be guaranteed a ticket to this concert.  If you have subscribed but not yet discussed your preference for date (Friday, April 27 or Saturday, April 28) and seating for Britten’s War Requiem, please call the Princeton Pro Musica office at 609-683-5122 to discuss your preferences with a staff volunteer.  Single tickets will be sold only by the Princeton University Richardson Auditorium Box Office [11].

Britten’s gripping, powerful response to war in the twentieth century combines the Latin Requiem with the haunting poetry of Wilfred Owen [16].

Inspiring concerts earlier this season …

 

Joy to the World: A Christmas Suite [17]

Ryan James Brandau [18]

4 p.m. Sunday, December 10, 2017

Patriots Theater in the War Memorial, [19] Trenton, NJ

Princeton Pro Musica Chorus and Orchestra

Guest Artists Trenton Children’s Chorus [20], Soprano Margaret Dudley [21], and Baritone Brian Mextorf [22]

Our own maestro’s stirring suite of carols and holiday songs, richly orchestrated, including favorite dazzling choruses by Johann Sebastian Bach [23] and George Frederic Handel [24]will fill you with the joy and warmth of the holiday season.

 

Ein deutsches Requiem [11]

Johannes Brahms [25]

3 p.m. Sunday, November 5, 2017 Pre-concert Lecture by Dr. Marjorie Hermann, noted choral conductor, music scholar, and classical radio host

4 p.m. Sunday, November 5, 2017 Concert

Richardson Auditorium [13], Princeton University

Princeton Pro Musica Chorus and Orchestra

Rochelle Ellis [26], Soprano & Paul Max Tipton [27], Baritone

Among the most sublime and moving of all choral masterworks, Brahms’ German Requiem [28]offers deep consolation through beautiful choral and orchestral music.

Purchase Tickets Today! [29]

Artistic Director Ryan James Brandau

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Trenton Children’s Chorus highlighted Christmas Concert

 

At Princeton Pro Musica’s concert December 10 Joy to the World: a Christmas Suite, members of the Trenton Children’s Chorus [20] delighted the audience in the Patriot’s Theater of the Trenton War Memorial [19].  TCC, an award-winning non-profit organization, has inspiredTrenton children since 1989.  Today Rochelle Ellis, [26] a noted soprano soloist based in Princeton, NJ, serves as Music Director of TCC.  The chorus offers 150 singers in grades K-12 choral music education and performance opportunities as well as drumming and keyboard instruction, music theory instruction, tutoring, homework assistance, SAT preparation, college application help, and summer camp scholarships.  Tuition is on a sliding scale: no child is ever denied participation because of limited resources.  In an urban area where the high school drop-out rate is nearly fifty percent, 100% of TCC’s graduates attend college.

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Program Notes [31]

by Ryan James Brandau

Brahms German Requiem   
November 5, 2017

If he will only point his magic wand to where the powers amassed in the orchestra and chorus lend him its might, yet more wonderful glimpses into the mysteries of the spirit world await us. …

Thus predicted the great Robert Schumann in 1853 about the then twenty-year-old Johannes Brahms.  Johannes had impressed Robert and his wife Clara with his piano compositions, and they anticipated how this talented young man might contribute to the great Beethovenian symphonic tradition of the nineteenth century. 

 

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What's Next?

Vespers [1]

Claudio Monteverdi [2]

7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 3, 2018

Princeton University Chapel [3], Princeton, NJ

Plan now to indulge in the magnificent surround sound of multiple choirs and professional soloists performing Vespers by Claudio Monteverdi culminating a choral festival offered by Princeton Pro Musica.  For this festival concert, PPM Chorus singers have invited two outstanding high school choirs to join them as Choral Festival guests: Princeton High School Choir [33] and Bridgewater-Raritan High School Choir [5].  In addition, professional soloists will work with student singers in master classes and join with choirs in performance Saturday evening, March 3rd: Clara Rottsolk [6], soprano; Timothy Parsons [7] countertenor; Steven Caldicott Wilson [8], tenor; Christopher Herbert, [9] baritone; Jonathan Woody, [10] bass-baritone.

 


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.