Musical Dreams

October 21 & 22

Musical Dreams kicks 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 will 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, will resonate deeply. The program closes 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.

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Winter Fantasy

December 16 & 17

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.”

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Fantasy and Fairy Tales

April 13 & 14

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.”

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