Pro Musica Concert Series
Wed, Mar 11, 5pm
By Michael Pearl
Mark the date of Wednesday, March 11, at 5pm, on your calendars and join Pro Musica for a celebratory occasion of great music, wonderful food, and prosecco at a fundraiser for our new Young Musician Competition. Pro Musica President Michael Pearl will welcome you to his home in Los Frailes for cocktails and botanas on the lawn, an hour-long concert in the covered loggia featuring some outstanding musicians, followed by high-end food and wine.
This year’s entertainment lineup is truly special. Leading up to the concerts the following weekend celebrating the 100th anniversary of the birth of Leonard Bernstein, his daughter Jamie Bernstein will join us with one of your all-time favorite pianists, Michael Boriskin, of Copland House fame. Bernstein will introduce some of the special musical pieces her father wrote for his friends, which Boriskin will play, and tell us intimate and rare anecdotes about her father.
We will also be joined by noted tenor Bradley Howard, flying in from Atlanta for the occasion, who will be accompanied by special guest star, Ken Bichel. By the time of this benefit we will be full to the brim with opera, so Howard will sing light-hearted numbers by Stephen Sondheim, Franz Lehar, and Flanders and Swann. With a career that began as a fellow at Tanglewood, his repertoire ranges from classical to popular music, including performances under the baton of renowned conductor Seiji Ozawa. A passionate educator, he is part of the distinguished faculty of the Amalfi Coast Music Festival.
To round off the program, Boriskin will return to play piano solos. From his many concerts, we know Boriskin as a superb classical pianist. However, he is also famous as one of the leading interpreters of the music of Gershwin, and he will delight us with several of his compositions.
To finish, we will go into the house for wonderful food by one of San Miguel’s premier event caterers. Graze on a selection of a dozen or more scrumptious finger food delicacies, washed down by red and white wine, and culminating with chocolate-dipped giant strawberries or macaroons.
All proceeds from the benefit go to help fund the prizes for the inaugural Young Classical Musician Competition on March 23 and 24, which total 500,000 pesos. On Tuesday, March 23, 15 semi-finalists playing instruments as diverse as marimba, piano, and violin will compete for five places in Wednesday’s Final. The Final, in the form of a concert with each of the five contestants playing for 20 minutes, will feature an Audience Choice Prize. The talent of these finalists, some as young as 16-years-old, is world class and you will be amazed at the musical maturity and depth of their playing.
Tickets for the limited-seating Musical Extravaganza are 2,500 pesos each and are going fast, as the occasion is an intimate one, so book now by either replying to this email, or purchasing them through our website: www.promusicasma.org (no booking fee).
Yours sincerely, Michael Pearl, President, Pro Musica