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Symphony Pro Musica orchestra at Mechanics Hall in Worcester, MA

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2023-24 Concert IV

Brahms and his Influence

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Summary

Brahms! Few composers represent the epitome of the European classical music tradition like Johannes Brahms. Closing SPM’s 41st season is the composer’s alluring and textured Symphony No. 3. The work opens with a statement of the notes F-Ab-F, representing Brahms’ personal motto “free but happy (frei aber froh),” which sums up both its spirit and emotion. The composer’s most subtle symphonic work, the listener is drawn into Brahms’ expressive world where in his own words he “speaks through his music.” Brahms’ influence on his contemporaries and future generations of composers cannot be overestimated, and the two other works on this program are highly representative of this legacy. Zemlinsky’s overture, in a more a contemporary language, remains romantic in musical expression as does the intriguing and heartfelt Seven Early Songs of Alban Berg. SPM is privileged to present as soprano soloist in Berg’s work, the internationally acclaimed vocal artist, Jennifer Johnson Cano, who’s voice was declared by the Boston Globe to be “radiant and intense, rich in the lower part of her range, bright and precise at the top, with… an uncanny ability to embody the character of each work”

Soloist

Jennifer Johnson Cano
Mezzo Soprano
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Saturday, November 5, 2022

7:30 pm
9:30 pm
Hudson High School
69 Brigham Street, Hudson, MA
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Sunday, November 6, 2022

3:00 pm
5:30 pm
St. John's High School
378 Main St, Shrewsbury, MA 01545
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Saturday, February 4, 2023

7:30 pm
9:30 pm
Hudson High School
69 Brigham Street, Hudson, MA
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Sunday, February 5, 2023

3:00 pm
5:30 pm
St. Mark's School
25 Marlboro Rd, Southborough, MA 01772
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Saturday, March 25, 2023

7:30 pm
9:30 pm
Hudson High School
69 Brigham Street, Hudson, MA
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Sunday, March 26, 2023

3:00 pm
5:30 pm
St. Mark's School
25 Marlboro Rd, Southborough, MA 01772
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Saturday, May 20, 2023

7:30 pm
9:30 pm
Hudson High School
69 Brigham Street, Hudson, MA
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Sunday, May 21, 2023

3:00 pm
5:30 pm
St. Mark's School
25 Marlboro Rd, Southborough, MA 01772
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Saturday, August 19, 2023

5:00 pm
7:00 pm
Pompositticut Farm
25 Lewis Street, Hudson, MA 01749
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Saturday, November 4, 2023

7:30 pm
9:00 pm
Hudson High School
69 Brigham St, Hudson, MA 01749
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Sunday, November 5, 2023

3:00 pm
5:00 pm
Putnam Family Arts Center, St. Mark's School
25 Marlboro Road, Southborough, MA 01772
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Saturday, January 20, 2024

7:30 pm
9:00 pm
Hudson High School
69 Brigham St, Hudson, MA 01749
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Sunday, January 21, 2024

3:00 pm
5:00 pm
Putnam Family Arts Center, St. Mark's School
25 Marlboro Road, Southborough, MA 01772
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Saturday, March 16, 2024

7:30 pm
9:00 pm
Hudson High School
69 Brigham St, Hudson, MA 01749
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Saturday, March 16, 2024

7:30 pm
9:00 pm
Hudson High School
69 Brigham St, Hudson, MA 01749
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Sunday, March 17, 2024

3:00 pm
5:00 pm
Putnam Family Arts Center, St. Mark's School
25 Marlboro Road, Southborough, MA 01772
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Saturday, May 18, 2024

7:30 pm
9:00 pm
Hudson High School
69 Brigham St, Hudson, MA 01749
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Sunday, May 19, 2024

3:00 pm
5:00 pm
Putnam Family Arts Center, St. Mark's School
25 Marlboro Road, Southborough, MA 01772
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Lustspiel Overture
Alexander von Zemlinsky
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1894
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Horn Concerto No. 4
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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1874
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The Moldau
Bedřich Smetana
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1874
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Cello Concerto
William Walton
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1957
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Symphony No.2
Sergei Rachmaninoff
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1907
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Flute Concerto
Jacques Ibert
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1934
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Starburst
Jessie Montgomery
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2012
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Symphony No. 3 in A minor
Felix Mendelssohn
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1842
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Symphony No. 5
Gustav Mahler
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1902
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Exsultate, jubilate
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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1773
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Violin Concerto in D major
Ludwig van Beethoven
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1806
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Symphony No. 2 in B minor
Alexander Borodin
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1876
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Piano Quartet No. 1
Johannes Brahms
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1861
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Pezzo capriccioso
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
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1887
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Divided
Jessie Montgomery
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2022
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Symphonic Sketches: Jubilee
George Whitefield Chadwick
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1904
About us

Exceptional Symphonic Music at your Doorstep

Founded in 1983, Symphony Pro Musica enriches the cultural life of our communities with live performances of great symphonic repertoire.

Maestro Churchill conducting a rehearsal
Our Music Director

Our Founder & Music Director, Maestro Mark Churchill

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The Symphony Pro Musica Musicians

As a volunteer orchestra, all the musicians of SPM play for the love of music, the experience of playing in a high level ensemble, and the joy of sharing their passion with our audiences. Players represent a variety of backgrounds. For example, those who have professional performance degrees, current and retired school music educators, college age students, and accomplished amateurs. Every member is essential to the success of our performances!

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All interested musicians are welcome and encouraged to audition

Heartfelt Tributes for Symphony Pro Musica

Mr. Churchill and the orchestra were so crucial and formative in my development as a pianist and musician...it brings me great joy and warmth to see SPM in full blossom and continuing to support and help young artists and musicians around the world.

George Li

Pianist, 6-time SPM soloist. Silver Medalist, 2015 Tchaikovsky Competition

(Maestro Churchill's) thorough knowledge of the score, in both the new and old repertoire we performed, was incredibly impressive.

Tommy Mesa

Cellist, SPM soloist, First Prize Winner, 2016 Sphinx Competition.

(Maestro Churchill's) deep experience, musicality, and endless dedication to the cause are inspiring. The orchestra plays music for all the right reasons: with curiosity, seriousness of purpose, and enthusiasm.

Benjamin Hochman

Pianist and Conductor, SPM soloist. Winner, Lincoln Center Avery Fisher Career Grant.

No matter how we felt when we arrived at (a performance) we would all, audience members, conductor, and orchestra, feel much better when we left. How many things are there left in today’s world with that level of reliability and assurance?

Daniel Sweeney

Former SPM board President

Mr. Churchill and the orchestra were so crucial and formative in my development as a pianist and musician...it brings me great joy and warmth to see SPM in full blossom and continuing to support and help young artists and musicians around the world.

George Li

Pianist, 6-time SPM soloist. Silver Medalist, 2015 Tchaikovsky Competition

My first attendance at a concert by Symphony Pro Musica under the direction of its founding conductor, Maestro Mark Churchill, was so delightful that I immediately became a subscribing member

Richard DiBuono

SPM board member

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