Welcome to our fantastic 2023-2024 performance season!
We Wish You a Merry Christmas
6:00 pm on December 11, 2023, at the main Glendale Public Library, Glendale AZ
We Wish You a Merry Christmas showcases ProMusica Arizona’s Women in Song, an auditioned ensemble of female vocalists, performing a FREE concert of holiday classics old and new. Enjoy hauntingly beautiful SSAA versions of “The First Noel,” “Silent Night,” “Silver Bells,” and more! (Did we mention that this concert is absolutely free?) The Glendale Public Library is located at 5959 W. Brown Street, Glendale, AZ 95302. Funded by a grant from the City of Glendale.
3:30 pm on December 16, 2023, at All Saints Lutheran Church, Phoenix, AZ
3:30 pm on December 17, 2023, at American Lutheran Church, Sun City, AZ
Winter Fantasy is a journey through the centuries beginning with new settings of ancient carols “Personent Hodie,” “Sussex Carol,” and “Sing We Now of Christmas.” The orchestra will be featured on “Toccata on I Saw Three Ships,” “Fantasia on We Three Kings,” and “The Bells of Christmas.” “Christmas Traditions,” a setting of multiple carols for choir, orchestra, and audience by local composer and friend of PMAZ Arlin Snesrud will give everyone a chance to participate in the singing of beloved Christmas carols. The ProMusica Arizona Chorale will be featured in the gorgeous setting of Franz Biebl’s “Ave Maria.” There will be a few other musical surprises, as well, all culminating with a rousing finale of “Do You Hear What I Hear.”
A Musical Champagne Salon
6:00 pm on March 16, 2024, Anthem – Exact location to be revealed to ticket holders
Our annual Musical Champagne Salon soirée will be in March 2024, with details forthcoming. This exclusive evening under the stars, featuring soloists and small ensemble performances by members of the ProMusica Arizona Chorale and Orchestra, will be held in a private residence. Gourmet foods, prepared and served by our members, along with an open wine bar, make for a beautiful night to remember.
Fantasy and Fairytales
3:30 pm on April 13, 2024, at All Saints Lutheran Church, Phoenix, AZ
3:30 pm on April 14, 2024, at American Lutheran Church, Sun City, AZ
In Fantasy and Fairy Tales, concert pianist Juliana Witt Balinski (Arizona Christian University Chorale Conductor) will be the piano soloist for our performance of Beethoven’s “Choral Fantasy.” Vocal soloists for the work will be members from the ProMusica Arizona Chorale and will be announced at a later date. The April concerts will also include the premiere of “Argonautika Suite” by Thomas Hartwell, inspired by Jason and the Argonauts and the Greek epic poem Argonautica. Thomas has been with ProMusica Arizona for many years and creates the video presentations that enhance our concerts. He is an accomplished musician and composer, as well. We are excited to be performing his work! Other fun features will be “Imaginary Creatures,” with poems written by elementary school children and set to music by Andrea Ramsey; “The Tortoise and the Hare,” set by Darmon Meador; and “Alice’s Theme” from Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland. In addition, the orchestra will play Mozart’s “Overture to the Magic Flute.” The Chorale will be featured on Morten Lauridsen’s beautiful “Dirait-on” and “Nella Fantasia,” made famous by the vocal sensation “Il Divo” from the film “The Mission.”
Make a Tomorrow Gift Today!
The Friends of Note Legacy Giving Circle is made up of distinguished individuals who have chosen to make a commitment to the ProMusica Arizona Chorale & Orchestra through a planned legacy gift from their estate.
To become a member of the Friends of Note and make a planned gift, or for more information, please contact Lissi Weiss at (612) 209-0644 or endowment@PMAZ.org.
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3:30 pm, October 21, 2023, at All Saints Lutheran Church, Phoenix, AZ
3:30 pm, October 22, 2023, at American Lutheran Church, Sun City, AZ
Musical Dreams kicked off our 21st season with favorites like “Over the Rainbow;” “Dream a Little Dream of Me;” a reimagined, exciting rendition of Carly Simon’s “Let the River Run” arranged by choral legend Craig Hella Johnson (Conspirare); and a new arrangement of “When You Wish Upon a Star.” The ProMusica Arizona Orchestra was be featured playing Mendelssohn’s “Overture to a Midsummer Night’s Dream” and the overture to the opera Hansel and Gretel. Touching settings of “Dreams” by local composer Christine Temple Evans, with text by William B. Yeats; the e.e.cummings text [i carry your heart with me], set tenderly and beautifully by David Dickau; Kim Andre Arneson’s moving “Flight Song,” with words by Welsh poet Euan Tait; and “Measure Me, Sky” by Jonathon Reid, with text by Leonora Speyer, resonated deeply. The program closed with choir and orchestra joining together in Mary McDonald’s “This is the Dream,” inspired by Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech.
20th Anniversary Celebration
April 1 and 2, 2023
The season concluded with ProMusica Arizona’s 20th Anniversary Celebration featuring the world-premiere of Saguaro Song by Arizona composer Craig Bohmler, well-known for Arizona Opera’s Riders of the Purple Sage. Saguaro Song is a suite of five songs for choir and orchestra with texts by award-winning Canadian author Marion Adler who uses the iconic saguaro cactus as a metaphor for the seasons of life. In addition, ProMusica Arizona presented A World Without Boundaries by Timothy Powell with texts by American astronauts. The piece was commissioned for ProMusica Arizona’s 15th anniversary season. Morten Lauridsen’s “Sure on This Shining Night,” Ola Gjielo’s “Sunrise” (“Gloria”) from Sunrise Mass, and other musical gems were featured to round out the festivities.
A Musical Champagne Salon
March 11. 2023
Again in 2023, ProMusica Arizona held A Musical Champagne Salon in an exquisite private home in the Anthem Country Club. Guests were treated to an enjoyable evening of musical performances by talented ProMusica Arizona soloists and small ensembles. A wide variety of heavy hors d’oeuvres and desserts, plus champagne, wine, and other beverages, were served and enjoyed indoors and outdoors. This was our major fundraiser for the year, and our members and volunteers did their very best to make the admission price worth every penny!
Christmas Through the Ages
December 17 and 18, 2022
The holiday concert, Christmas Through the Ages, featured new arrangements of traditional carols “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” and “The Huron Carol,” as well as favorites like “Carol of the Bells” and “Sleigh Ride.” ProMusica Arizona also presented the world-premiere of ProMusica Arizona Chorale member and professional composer Ryan Gunderson’s “Jesus, Refulsit Omnium“ (“Jesus, Light of All the Nations”), one of the first hymns in honor of the Nativity stemming from 368 A.D. As always, the audience was invited to join in singing several well-known carols of the season.
Favorites – Past & Present
October 15 and 16, 2022
ProMusica Arizona kicked off its 20th anniversary season with Favorites – Past & Present. The opening concert featured a full first half of patriotic favorites including “America the Beautiful,” “God Bless America,” toe-tapping John Philip Sousa marches, and “The Battle Hymn of the Republic.” The second half continued with more favorites including music by John Williams; a medley of songs by Stephen Sondheim, including “Send in the Clowns;” and a Richard Rodgers medley with songs from The Sound of Music, South Pacific, and Oklahoma, to name a few.
One of the pieces performed in the second half was “O Fortuna” from Carmina Burana; click on this link to hear the Chorale performing it with the Scottsdale Philharmonic Orchestra.
Favorites – Past & Present was sponsored by Andrew Z Diamonds & Fine Jewelry in Anthem, AZ. Visit their website at www.andrewzdiamonds.com.