Season will close with “Voices of Light: The Passion of Joan of Arc”
By Peter Alexander
Pro Musica Colorado Chamber Orchestra (PMCO), who consistently present some of the most interesting programs in Boulder under director Cynthia Katsarellis, have announced their 2014–15 season.
The season includes an intriguing array of American works, and not just the usual suspects. Among the pieces on the first two concerts are one of the most successful evocations of American nostalgia, Samuel Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915, and Philip Glass’s Second Violin Concerto, “American Seasons.” Featured soloists will be soprano Amanda Balastrieri for Barber and violinist Yumi Hwang-Williams for Glass.
The third and final concert, described in the PMCO press release as “a blockbuster, not to be missed,” will be a presentation of the silent film The Passion of Joan of Arc with the oratorio Voices of Light by American film composer Richard Einhorn performed by the orchestra and Saint John’s Cathedral Choir and soloists.
Full programs and dates are listed below. Tickets may be purchased here.
Friday, October 17, 2014 – Montview Presbyterian, Denver
Saturday, October 18, 2014 – First United Methodist Church, Boulder
Sibelius – Rakastava
Samuel Barber – Knoxville: Summer of 1915
Amanda Balestrieri, soprano
Mozart Symphony No. 39 in Eb Major
Friday, February 6, 2015 – Montview Presbyterian, Denver
Saturday, February 7, 2015 – First United Methodist Church, Boulder
Vaughan Williams – Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis
CU Composition Competition world premiere
Philip Glass – Violin Concerto No. 2, American Seasons
Yumi Hwang-Williams, violinist
Friday, March 13, 2015 – Saint John’s Cathedral, Denver
Saturday, March 14, 2015 – First United Methodist Church, Boulder
Voices of Light: The Passion of Joan of Arc
The silent film The Passion of Joan of Arc with the oratorio Voices of Light by Richard Einhorn.
Joining Pro Musica Colorado is Saint John’s Cathedral Choir and soloists, Stephen Tappe, organist and director of music.