“In planning their 41st season, ProMusica Chamber Orchestra leaders faced a quandary: How to top their 40th season?” writes Peter Tonguette in Monday’s (4/28) Columbus Dispatch (OH). “Music Director David Danzmayr and Executive Director Janet Chen … settled on a forward-looking theme…. ‘To celebrate 20 years of the 21st century, every program should include a piece of 21st-century music,’ Danzmayr said…. The orchestra’s season will open with a concert to include Peteris Vasks’ ‘Musica Serena,’ a work that made its debut in 2015. Other contemporary works to be performed throughout the season include Helen Grime’s Percussion Concerto … and the world premiere of Joshua Roman’s Double Concerto for Violin, Cello and Orchestra.… In another first for the orchestra, a work by the music director’s father—composer Wolfgang Danzmayr of Salzburg, Austria—will be performed…. The orchestra will perform four symphonies by Mozart. And regular programs—including the ‘Messiah Side-by-Side Sing-Along’ … and two installments of the educational series ‘Naked Classics’ … also are on tap.” Additional contemporary works in 2019-20 include Richard Scofano’s Ibera Concerto for Bandoneon and Orchestra, Osvaldo Golijov’s ZZ’s Dream, and Caroline Shaw’s Blueprint for String Quartet, Is a Rose, and Entr’acte for String Orchestra.

Posted April 30, 2019