Date(s) - 09/21/2019
7:30 pm to 10:00 pm
CLASSICAL MYSTERY TOUR
Since its initial performance at the Orange County Performing Arts Center (now renamed Segerstrom Center for the Arts) in 1996, Classical Mystery Tour has become the #1 Symphony Pops attraction over the last decade. The group has been performing consistently for more than 20 years with more than 100 orchestras in the US, Canada, Europe, Asia, and Australia. The group played to packed houses at the Sydney Opera House, and has performed with America’s most prestigious orchestras: The Cleveland Orchestra, The Boston Pops, The Philadelphia Orchestra, The San Francisco Symphony, among many others. To learn more, visit www.classicalmysterytour.com.
MARK CHURCHILL, CONDUCTOR
Conductor, cellist, and educator Mark Churchill is widely known in New England and abroad. He served as Associate Conductor of the Boston Ballet from 1990 to 2012 and is the founder and Music Director of Symphony Pro Musica, now celebrating its 35th anniversary. Former conducting roles include music director of Worcester’s Salisbury Lyric Opera and Salisbury Chamber Orchestra and the Thayer Conservatory Orchestra. He has also led the New Zealand National Youth Orchestra in its annual gala concert and recently conducted the National Ballet of Mongolia and the Tokyo’s Komaki Ballet. He is the founder and vice president of the Youth Orchestra of the Americas, established in 2002, which draws gifted young musicians from throughout North and South America. For eleven years he served as Resident Conductor and Faculty Chairman of the Asian Youth Orchestra in Hong Kong, a pan-Asian organization led at its inception by the late Sir Yehudi Menuhin.
SYMPHONY PRO MUSICA
Symphony Pro Musica is composed of approximately 70 volunteer musicians drawn from the local communities and beyond. Prospective SPM orchestra members audition for their parts—the bar is set high, and the repertoire reflects this. In addition to popular classical favorites, the orchestra performs less frequently played and challenging pieces, usually thematically organized. SPM has performed with choruses, opera companies, and ballet companies—the organization continues to challenge itself with meaningful collaborations. Throughout its history, SPM has showcased established artists and gifted young soloists under the guidance of Maestro Churchill. These soloists often visit local schools, offering master classes and informal lectures to students. To learn more, visit www.symphonypromusica.org.