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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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