ProMusica Arizona (PMAZ) Chorale and Orchestra, joined by the Carolyn Eynon Singers and PMAZ soloists Charissa Glazner, soprano, and Aaron Smith, tenor, closes its 2021-22 season on April 2-3 with “Misa Azteca,” a concert piece for orchestra, choir, soloists and authentic Aztec percussion instruments.
Full of vibrant rhythms and Mariachi-style harmonies, this major work is based on the Roman Catholic High Mass and verses from the Cantares Mexicanos, a collection of pre- and post-conquest verses of the Mexica (the Aztecs). It is sung in Latin, Spanish and Nahuatl (including translations) and it brings together two cultures and religions into an eight-movement, oratorio-style musical celebration.
California-based composer Joseph Julian Gonzales is an expert on Cantares Mexicanos, the oldest known compiled collection of Nahuatl songs and poetry, which he uses as inspiration for many of his compositions. “Misa Azteca” has been performed at Carnegie Hall, the Sydney Opera House and the Vatican.
Dates and Venues include:
• Saturday, April 2 at 7 p.m., at Barry Goldwater High School Performing Arts Center, 2820 W. Rose Garden Lane in Phoenix.
• Sunday, April 3 at 3:30 p.m., at American Lutheran Church, 17200 N. Del Webb Blvd., in Sun City.
Ticket Prices: Adults are $25; seniors and military are $23; students (16-22 years old) are $12; and children 15 and younger are free with a paid adult. Free student rush tickets are available 15 minutes before each performance based on seating availability. Groups of 10 or more for a concert will receive a 10% discount.
Since its founding in 2003, ProMusica Arizona has become a leader in bringing live music to audiences primarily in the North Phoenix area. With almost 100 multigenerational singers and instrumentalists, the group has performed more than 260 times for over 133,000 people. ProMusica Arizona is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and is supported by the Arizona Commission on the Arts which receives support from the state of Arizona and the National Endowment for the Arts.
For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit pmaz.org or call 623-326-5172.