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Join Chorus pro Musica for a world-premiere of the extraordinary life of John James Audubon that combines voice, orchestra, and video.
Join Chorus pro Musica for a world-premiere of the extraordinary life of John James Audubon that combines voice, orchestra, and video.
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Chorus pro Musica is committed to performing new and seldom heard works in addition to beloved classics. For our 70th season we have commissioned a work by James Kallembach celebrating the life of John James Audubon, premiering on November 9, 2018 at historic Jordan Hall in Boston. This multimedia performance combines chorus, chamber orchestra, and baritone soloist with visual projections of Audubon’s art and the natural world he loved. We need your support to put on this exciting, one-of-a-kind performance!

The Performance

John James Audubon was a larger-than-life frontiersman, artist, naturalist, woodsman, showman, and nature writer. His Birds of America is still widely considered the best of its kind, and his drawings are priceless works of art. Kallembach's music evokes the romantic visions of frontier America, inspired by and embodied in Audubon’s depictions of birds. Videographer Kathy Wittman has been working closely with Kallembach to produce stunning visuals synced to the music and themes of the piece, to be projected live at the performance. This concert is also presented in partnership with Mass Audubon, an independent (and first) Audubon Society that has been protecting the nature of Massachusetts for people and wildlife since 1896.

Our Goals

This new work will advance Chorus pro Musica's commitment to performing innovative choral music and help enrich the choral repertoire available to Boston audiences. We have set two goals around performing this exciting work. The Chorus has two goals. The first goal is to reach new audiences through partnerships, public lectures, and marketing. We will evaluate our success based upon number of tickets sold, number of new audience members, and outreach to audience members after the concert. The second goal is to provide a high quality, rich and engaging performance of a newly commissioned work celebrating the life and loves of Audubon. We will evaluate our success based upon audience feedback, critical reviews, and media coverage.

Who's Who

The Choir 

Led by Music Director Dr. Jamie Kirsch, Chorus pro Musica (CpM) has built a superb reputation as one of the great choruses of New England. Known for innovative programming and high quality performances, Chorus pro Musica has collaborated with such famed organizations as the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Philharmonic, the Boston Ballet, and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. The Boston-based chorus consists of more than 100 highly talented musicians selected by audition. Repertoire includes choral music from the Renaissance to the present, with emphasis on new and rarely performed choral music, as well as major works in collaboration with other music organizations.

The Composer

James Kallembach’s chamber music and choral works have been performed throughout the United States and Canada. He has received honors from ASCAP, ACDA, American Composers’ Forum, Pacific Chorale, ALEA III in Boston, and VocalEssence. His Anne Bradstreet Songs for soprano and cello have been widely performed since their premiere in 2011. James has written extensively for the voice, including a catalogue of dozens of individual choral works, several song cycles, and his St. John Passion for strings, soloists, and choir. His music has often been described as lyrical, beautiful, and moving; challenging, yet well suited to the voice or instrument. This is James' second commission with Chorus pro Musica. He has also been commissioned by Marsh Chapel, Seraphic Fire, San Francisco Symphony SoundBox series, Lorelei, soprano Tamara Wilson, Brooklyn Art Song Society, and Harvard University, and has recorded on both the Roven and Gothic labels.

The Videographer

Kathy Wittman of Ball Square Films is a photographer and videographer who specializes in the performing arts. She has designed video projections for opera and theatre companies including the Florentine Opera, Odyssey Opera, and Queer Soup Theatre.


Thank you for your support! 

We are excited to share this concert with you!

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    Audubon liked tweets and so do we! Pledge $5 and you’ll get a twitter shoutout featuring a digital copy of an Audubon Birds of America print based on the bird we think you’ll like best.

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    • Audubon World Premiere magnet
    • Name on our website “Supported by” page
    • Twitter shoutout with digital Audubon print
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    • EXCLUSIVE REWARD: Digital photo album from concert and rehearsals
    • Audubon World Premiere magnet
    • Name on our website “Supported by” page
    • Twitter shoutout with digital Audubon print
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    Includes:
    • Audubon World Premiere tote bag
    • Handwritten thank you note from ensemble member
    • Audubon World Premiere magnet
    • Name on our website “Supported by” page
    • Twitter shoutout with digital Audubon print
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    Includes:
    • Audubon World Premiere T-shirt
    • Name or company listed in Audubon concert program
    • Audubon World Premiere tote bag
    • Handwritten thank you note from ensemble member
    • Audubon World Premiere magnet
    • Name on our website “Supported by” page
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    Includes:
    • TWO price B tickets to the Audubon world premiere on Nov. 9, 2018
    • Audubon World Premiere T-shirt
    • Name or company listed in Audubon concert program
    • Audubon World Premiere tote bag
    • Handwritten thank you note from ensemble member
    • Audubon World Premiere magnet
    • Name on our website “Supported by” page
    • Twitter shoutout with digital Audubon print
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    Includes:
    • TWO price A tickets to the Audubon world premiere on Nov. 9, 2018
    • Pass to a Mass Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary
    • Audubon World Premiere T-shirt
    • Name or company listed in Audubon concert program
    • Handwritten thank you note from ensemble member
    • Audubon World Premiere tote bag
    • Audubon World Premiere magnet
    • Name on our website “Supported by” page
    • Twitter shoutout with digital Audubon print
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    Includes:
    • FOUR price A tickets to the Audubon world premiere on Nov 9, 2018
    • 10 minute meet+greet with composer and music director after event
    • Pass to a Mass Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary
    • Audubon World Premiere T-shirt
    • Name or company listed in Audubon concert program
    • Audubon World Premiere tote bag
    • Handwritten thank you note from ensemble member
    • Audubon World Premiere magnet
    • Name on our website “Supported by” page
    • Twitter shoutout with digital Audubon print
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    Includes:
    • 2 SUBSCRIPTIONS to CpM's 2018-19 season in Price A category
    • 2 more price A tickets to Audubon world premiere on Nov. 9, 2018
    • 10 minute meet+greet with composer and music director after event
    • Pass to a Mass Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary
    • Audubon World Premiere T-shirt
    • Name or company listed in Audubon concert program
    • Handwritten thank you note from ensemble member
    • Audubon World Premiere tote bag
    • Audubon World Premiere magnet
    • Name on our website “Supported by” page
    • Twitter shoutout with digital Audubon print
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    Includes:
    • Piece of the manuscript signed by composer James Kallembach
    • 2-3 minute song composed FOR YOU by James Kallembach
    • 4 SUBSCRIPTIONS to CpM's 2018-19 season in Price A category
    • Name or logo in projected video on screen prior to performance
    • Full thank you page in program with name or logo
    • Thank you announcement prior to the performance
    • Personalized thank you video from CpM's Music Director+President
    • 2 more price A tickets to Audubon world premiere on Nov. 9, 2018
    • 10 minute meet+greet with composer and music director after event
    • Pass to a Mass Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary
    • Audubon World Premiere T-shirt
    • Name or company listed in Audubon concert program
    • Audubon World Premiere tote bag
    • Handwritten thank you note from ensemble member
    • Audubon World Premiere magnet
    • Name on our website “Supported by” page
    • Twitter shoutout with digital Audubon print
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