By Signe Hammer
Come join Pro Musica at our beloved annual end-of-season Garden Concert! Enjoy your favorite hits from Broadway’s most beloved musicals in a magical private garden in Guadiana, with almost unlimited Prosecco and delectable canapés during a leisurely intermission.
Back by popular demand, after last year’s sold-out performance, we welcome internationally renowned countertenor Terry Barber, with soprano and pianist Ana Marcu. Barber, one of America’s most talented opera singers now turned musical theater specialist, has given more than 150 international solo tour performances. Hailed as “the jewel in Chanticleer’s crown,” when he sang with that Grammy-winning ensemble, he made his Carnegie Hall debut singing Orlovsky in “Die Fledermaus” and his New York City Opera debut in Handel’s “Il Ritorno de Ulisse in Patria.” He recently toured in “Mercury,” a reimagining of songs made famous by Queen’s lead singer, Freddie Mercury. Marcu most recently played Mary in “Jersey Boys” at Theatre Aspen.
Our enchanted evening begins with «Oh What a Night» and «Who Loves You» from “Jersey Boys,” the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. Jonathan Larson’s “Seasons of Love” from the sensational play “Rent” is followed by “Popular” and “Defying Gravity” from “Wicked,” with its twist on the story of the “Wizard of Oz” witches. Carole King originally wrote “Natural Woman,” from “Beautiful: the Carole King Musical,” for Aretha Franklin’s following album. “The Song That Goes Like This” from “Spamalot,” a musical adaptation of the movie “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” is followed by five songs from the mega-hit “Les Miserables,” returning to Broadway next spring: “I Dreamed a Dream,” “Empty Chairs at Empty Tables,” “A Heart Full of Love,” “Master of the House,” and “Bring Him Home.” “Summer Nights” from the teen-romance-and-rebellion story “Grease,” sends us to our long intermission.
After leisurely enjoying our prosecco and canapés, we’ll hear songs from three beloved Disney musicals: “Once Upon A Dream” from “Sleeping Beauty,” “Poor Unfortunate Souls” and “Part of Your World” from “The Little Mermaid;” and “Love Is An Open Door,” and “Let It Go” from “Frozen.” The Disney versions were the second stages of the Sleeping Beauty story—the company adapted both “The Little Mermaid” and “Frozen” as animated films from Hans Christian Anderson stories before staging them as musicals.
Finally, we’ll hear hits from three classic musicals: “On the Street Where You Live,” and “I Could Have Danced All Night” from “My Fair Lady,” adapted from Shaw’s “Pygmalion.” They are followed by “Younger Than Springtime” from “South Pacific,” Rogers and Hammerstein’s first collaboration that included thorny issues of interracial love and prejudice. The evening climaxes with “You’ll Never Walk Alone” from “Carousel,” their second collaboration that transformed Ferenc Molnar’s Budapest story, “Liliom,” into a New England tale of abusive love and redemption.
Garden Concert tickets are 850 pesos donation each person, including prosecco and canapés, and are on sale through our website. Details of all Pro Musica’s concerts and Patron Membership are on our website, www.promusicasma.org, or contact us at email@example.com.
Pro Musica Concert Series
Terry Barber, Countertenor
Ana Marcu, Piano and Vocals
Sun., Mar. 26, 5pm
Calle Potranca 15
850 pesos for all tickets; includes Prosecco and canapés