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ProMusica’s 10th anniversary show will also include music from Mozart's Symphony #40 as well as some patriotic music
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ProMusica highlights history with 10th anniversary show
MARC BUCKHOUT ~ MANAGING EDITOR~ 5/15/2013
Adam Stich said his job is a little like being a good chef. ProMusica Arizona’s artistic director explains that putting together a good show requires certain parts, much the way a balanced meal has the same requirements.
At 7 p.m., on Saturday and at 4 p.m., Sunday, Stich said attendees of ProMusica's 10th anniversary show will be in for quite a treat.
“The idea was to take some of the most popular things we've done over the last 10 years and do them again, not necessarily the exact versions, but at least a nod to some of the things audiences have enjoyed in the past,” Stich said.
The performance, which will feature 95 musicians including 40 instrumentalists and at least 45 singers, includes three orchestra members have been a part of PMAZ since its inception and 10 choral members.
The show opens with music from Mozart's Symphony #40. From there the concert will transform into a series of patriotic songs before a medley of works by Andrew Lloyd Webber.
Following an intermission, approximately 40 minutes into the performance, the show continues with a one-act Gilbert and Sullivan comedy, Trial by Jury, with special guest singers Ryan Glover, Brad Routh and Hector Coris.
Glover and Routh performed in PMAZ's Pirates of Penazance last season.
“Pirates of Penazance was one of the most popular things we've done,” Sitch said. “This is a (W.S.) Gilbert and (Arthur) Sullivan zany comedy and courtroom drama.
While Stich has only been with PMAZ since 2011, he said members of the board were vitally important in going over the organization's first decade to help come up with the program for the 10th anniversary show.
“We looked at attendance numbers, anecdotal stories board members have about shows, asked some of our patrons, reviewed emails we received following shows,” Sitch said. “The concert was planned last summer and we started rehearsing for it in March.”
In this day and age Stich acknowledges simply selecting a good bunch of music isn't enough.
“You need to entertain an audience,” he said. “There's not a song in the world a person can't pull up on YouTube or Spotify. Now certainly listening live is a very different experience, but if you just want to hear the music you can plug in your Iphone and go. Now we're using multimedia tools to compliment the music. We are working in elements to make it more of a performance arts experience. We're trying to take the audience on a journey by giving it a shape.”
In this performance PMAZ is not only looking to take a look at it's history, but give a glimpse to the start of its second decade.
“There is a lot of nostalgia in doing this show,” Stich said. “It takes you back and makes you look at the growth of the organization. It will be a fun concert for those that have been with us during that time or even people that haven't been to one of our shows before. We're excited and thankful for all the support over the last 10 years. It's a great time for ProMusica. We're happy with how things have gone and we're even more excited about where we're going. There are a lot of bright spots you can point at.”
Performances will be at Boulder Creek High School Performing Arts Center, 40404 N. Gavilan Peak. All tickets are $10. Tickets are available at Andrew Z Jewelers and the Deer Valley Credit Union in Anthem. For information, call 623-326-5172.