Princeton Pro Musica is excited to announce its 39th season, beginning on Sunday, November 5, with a presentation of Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem. The season’s first concert will be held at 4 p.m. at Richardson Hall on the campus of Princeton University. The Requiem will be accompanied by full orchestra and will feature soprano Rochelle Ellis, a distinguished member of the music faculty at both Princeton University and Westminster Choir College, who is also a widely recognized soloist. The baritone soloist, Paul Max Tipton, has been described as an engaging singer with a voice of “earthy authority.” He enjoys an active career in opera, oratorio, and chamber music and has performed and recorded throughout North America, Europe, China, and Korea.
This year’s annual Christmas concert will feature “Joy to the World: A Christmas Suite,” artistic director Dr. Ryan James Brandau’s compilation of popular carols, holiday songs, and the Christmas choruses of Handel and Bach. The Trenton Children’s Chorus will join the chorus for the second year in a row. Joy to the World will be presented at Trenton’s Patriots Theater on Sunday, December 10, at 4 p.m.
In the Princeton University Chapel on Saturday, March 3, 2018, Princeton Pro Musica will present Monteverdi’s early Baroque Vespers, its splendor enhanced by two high school choirs from Princeton and Bridgewater, as well as the Westminster Kantorei. The Chapel’s acoustics will enhance the vocal timbres of the soloists and all choirs to highlight the piece’s ethereal nature. The concert will take place at 7:30 p.m.
In two 8 p.m. performances on Friday and Saturday, April 27 and 28, Princeton Pro Musica will be the guests of the Princeton University Glee Club in presenting Benjamin Britten’s stirring War Requiem. This work is a gripping and powerful response to war in the 20th century. The three groups will be accompanied by the full Princeton University Orchestra in Princeton University’s Richardson Auditorium.
Princeton Pro Musica, a 100-member chorus founded by Francis Fowler Slade in 1979, has been led by Dr. Ryan James Brandau since 2012. After directing the Katzenjammers during his years at Princeton, Dr. Brandau earned an MPhil at Cambridge, then went on to earn his PhD in musical studies at Yale. He attributes his enjoyment of working with Princeton Pro Musica to its members. “It’s just something about that particular energy, when you have a lot of talented singers who are not necessarily professionals, who aren’t doing this for a paycheck or aren’t doing it for university credit. They are doing it just because they love it.”
You may purchase subscriptions and single tickets now online, by telephone to the PPM office 609-683-5122, or by U.S. mail to PPM at P.O. Box 2244, Princeton, NJ 08543.
Programs are made possible in part by funds from 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.