Santa Fe Pro Musica Presents Season Opening Concerts September 24-25

The Pro Musica Orchestra presents works by Rossini, Mozart, Jessie Montgomery and Prokofiev at its season-opening performances on September 24 and 25. VScourtesy/SF Pro Musica

Santa Fe Pro Musica News:

SANTA FE — Under the baton of Ransom Wilson, the Pro Musica Orchestra presents works by Rossini, Mozart, Jessie Montgomery and Prokofiev in its season-opening performances.

Jessie Montgomery’s composition Shift, Change, Turn was commissioned in 2019 by the Orphée and the Saint-Paul chamber orchestras. She writes that “Shift, Change, Turn is my the opportunity to contribute to the tradition of writing a play according to the seasons, as and when and spinning is something we all experience as humans.

Jessie’s inclusion Montgomery’s work on this program is part of Pro Musica’s Women of Distinction initiative. Pro Musica is proud to present violinist Chad Hoopes and violist Paul Neubauer, Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante in E flat major, K. 364. The program begins with the Overture to La Scalia di Seta – filled with themes of romance, awkward antics, tact stir and laugh – and ends with Symphony No. 1 in D major, Op. 25, “Classic”, Prokofiev’s 20th century takes on 18th-century forms.

Meet the Music: Join us for pre-concert talks with our guest artists an hour before the show, included with the purchase of the ticket.

Season Opening Reception: Join us for a backyard reception in New Mexico Museum of Art Sunday, September 25 with conductor Ransom Wilson, violinist Chad Hoopes and violist Paul Neubauer. This reception includes hors d’oeuvres, wine and a cash bar.

One must reserve. Call the box office at 505.988.4640.

Tickets: $22 to $92.

COVID-19[FEMININE:[FEMININE:The the health and safety of our audience, staff and performers is of the utmost importance priority. Vaccination is recommended but not mandatory to attend concerts. Audiences and Pro Musica staff are required to wear face masks indoors at concerts and events, regardless of vaccination status. Musicians can choose to perform on stage without a mask. If you have symptoms of, have been exposed to or have tested positive for Covid-19, please take appropriate action isolation and quarantine steps per CDC guidelines. Customers who refuse following our Covid safety policies will be asked to leave the concert. The ticket(s) will be not be reimbursed.

Artist biographies

About Ransom Wilson, Conductor:

Ransom Wilson is Music Director of the Redlands Symphony, on the faculty of the Yale School of Music, and performed as a flautist with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center since 1991. He was assistant conductor at the Metropolitan Opera and has been conductor of the New York City Opera, the London Symphonies, Houston, Krakow, Denver, New Jersey, Hartford and Berkeley, the Orchestra of Saint Luke, the Hallé Orchestra and the chamber orchestras of Philadelphia, St. Paul and Los Angeles. His his recording career includes three GRAMMY nominations and over 35 albums as a flautist and/or driver.

About Chad Hoopes, violin:

Chad Hoopes won First Prize 2008, Young Artists Division–Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition, and is the recipient of the 2017 award Lincoln Center Avery Fisher Career Fellowship. He performed with the symphonies of Vancouver, San Francisco, Pittsburgh, Houston and National (DC), as well as the orchestras of Paris, Philadelphia, Minnesota, Colorado Music Festival and the National Arts Center (Ottawa). Hoopes performs frequently with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and has given recitals at Ravinia Festival, Tonhalle Zürich, the Louvre and Lincoln Center’s Great Performers Series (New York). Hoopes plays the 1991 Samuel Zygmuntowicz, ex-Isaac Stern violin.

About Paul Neubauer, viola:

Paul Neubauer is solo violist from New York Philharmonic and has appeared as a soloist with over 100 orchestras, including the Philharmonics of New York, Los Angeles and Helsinki, the symphonies of Bournemouth, Dallas, Detroit, the National, San Francisco, St. Louis and the Orchestras of Santa Cecilia, English Chamber and Beethovenhalle. Twice nominated for the GRAMMYs, he has numerous recordings and world premieres to his name, as well as features in CBS’s Sunday Morning, A Prairie Home Companion and in Strad, Strings and People magazines. Mr. Neubauer is the artistic director of the Mostly Music Festival (New Jersey) and professor at the Juilliard School and Mannes College.

About Jessie Montgomery, Composer:

Jessie Montgomery is an acclaimed composer, violinist and teacher. She is a recipient of Leonard Bernstein Award from the ASCAP Foundation, the Sphinx Medal of Excellence and its the works are frequently performed worldwide by leading musicians and ensembles. His blends classical music with elements of vernacular music, improvisation, poetry, and social consciousness, making her a keen interpreter of the 21st century American sound and live. His deeply felt works have been described as “turbulent, wildly colorful and exploding with life” (The Washington Post).

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