Harvard Pro Musica Blog

Message from Carey: Our Spring Season

Dear HPM, I am thrilled to announce our program for the spring concert and excited to get to work with you. We will be focusing on music of the American living composers Eric Whitacre, Libby Larsen, Carol Barnett and PDQ Bach aka Peter Schickele. We will perform Whitacre’s Five Hebrew Love Songs, which are a stunning set of songs that are rhythmically exciting and very accessible. The other composers bring us modern, American-style madrigals focusing on love and nature with a flare of humor presented by the satirical master, PDQ Bach in his “My Bonnie Lass She Smelleth” and “Two Lips”. The remainder of the program will feature earlier American styles such as spirituals, jazz and Native American songs. I hope you will join us for the spring semester. Best,... read more

Spring Rehearsals Start January 17

Hello HPMers (Once and Future and Current), Rehearsals for our Spring season start January 17 — we hope to see a lot of you there! We’ll be singing works by American composers; details of the program and concert to come. And by popular demand, refreshments at break time are back! Thanks to Kathy Waugh for volunteering to coordinate.... read more

Message from Carey: Our Fall Program

Hello Harvard Pro Musica! I look forward to making beautiful music this year! Our December concert will be focused on music of two Hungarian composers: Franz Liszt and Zoltán Kodály. Both were remarkable musicians and educators spanning the 19th and 20th centuries with immense influence on Hungarian music. Our centerpiece will be Liszt’s Missa Choralis, published in 1865 while he lived and wrote in Rome. The work may seem simple on the page — it is mostly a 4-part texture and accompanied lightly by organ — but Liszt’s incredible harmonies greatly enrich the traditional setting of the Mass. In addition to the Missa, we will perform Kodály’s 3-part setting of Veni, Veni Emmanuel in the Latin text. Ever the vocal pedagog, Kodály weaves the Veni traditional tune throughout each voice employing the other voices masterfully, I hope you will join me in carrying on Harvard Pro Musica’s tradition of high level music making through living its mission — beautiful music in beautiful places. All the best, Carey... read more