Princeton Pro Musica will enter its 41st season on Sunday, November 3, at 4 p.m. The concerts this year will feature performances of a wide variety of choral works: Mozart, Handel, Brandau, Whitbourn and Durufle, from the 17th century to the present. Over 100 singers will perform familiar tunes and texts, and introduce new music and heart breaking texts to it’s growing audience.
The opening concert is all Mozart, including the Mass in C minor, often considered one of his greatest works. It is unusual in that it features two soprano soloists, along with tenor and bass soloists. For the December concert, Ryan James Brandau, Princeton Pro Musica’s dynamic Artistic Director, has arranged a warm and lustrous suite called Messiah and More!. It features the Christmas portion of the Messiah, along with favorite holidays songs & carols. March will bring a concert featuring James Whitbourn’s Annelies. This touching work sets text from Anne Frank’s diary to lovely and at times heart-breaking music. The final concert of the year in May will be held in the beautiful Princeton University Chapel. The central work on the program will be the Requiem by Maurice Durufle.
The soloists and guest artists for the season include many rising stars of the choral world. Clara Rottsolk, last heard with PPM in the Monteverdi Vespers. Of Ms. Rottsolk, the NY Times stated “clear, appealing voice and expressive conviction.” Molly Netter was described by the San Francisco Classical Voice as “Musically suave…volatile and beguiling.” Ms. Rottsolk and Ms. Netter will be the soprano soloists in the Mozart. As a bonus, the orchestra will perform Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto with Paschal Archer as soloist. Mr. Archer was hailed as an “outstanding clarinetist” by the New York Times.
The December concert at the Patriots Theater in Trenton will see the return for the third time of the Trenton Children’s Chorus. Their enthusiastic, focused and charming singing will delight the audience!
Lily Arbisser, soprano, will be the soloist in the March program, as the voice of Anne Frank. Ms. Arbisser last appeared with PPM as the soprano soloist in the finale from Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. A winner of several prestigious competitions, PPM is delighted to welcome Ms. Arbisser back to Richardson Auditorium.
PPM’s May concert will feature 2 soloists — Margaret Lias, mezzo-soprano, and Eric Plutz, organ — for the Requiem by Maurice Durufle. Ms. Lias has been celebrated for her “warm,” “arresting,” and “rich-toned” singing. Mr. Plutz is familiar to both PPM and Princeton audiences. As the Organist of the Princeton University Chapel, he performs recitals in Princeton and around the world. He can also be heard on recordings.
Tickets for PPM concerts can be obtained at www.princetonpromusica.org, or by calling 60-683-5122 Mondays through Fridays. Princeton Pro Musica looks forward to welcoming all music lovers to their season of master choral works!