In celebration of its 10th Anniversary Season, ProMusica Arizona paid tribute to the audiences that have supported the organization from its beginnings in 2003. The concert performances on May 18th and 19th at Boulder Creek High School Performing Arts Center in Anthem featured the music genres most applauded by audiences and discounted tickets for PMAZ’s 10th anniversary. Under the direction of Dr. Adam Stich, the musical celebration included a medley of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Broadway musicals, Mozart's Symphony #40, Sousa's Stars and Stripes Forever, America and the hilarious one-act Gilbert & Sullivan musical, Trial by Jury.
PMAZ welcomed professional guest performers Hector Coris, Ryan Glover and Asleif Willmer to the stage for Trial by Jury. Hector Coris had the audience in stitches with his comedic portrayal of the learned, but tipsy Judge. He is an award-winning vocalist and performer originally from NYC, now living in Phoenix. Ryan Glover wowed PMAZ audiences last year as young Frederic in Pirates of Penance. Before he crosses the pond to study at the prestigious Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, the talented tenor once again graced our stage in the role of Edwin the Defendant and fickle lover. Hailed as “a most incredible voice” by Arizona Daily Star, Asleif Willmer is quickly gaining national attention as an up and coming soprano. She played the role of Angelina the Plaintiff and jilted bride in the operetta.
The 10th Anniversary concert was a wrap for a season when PMAZ stepped out of its tradional bounds both artistically and geographically. The season began in November with America the Beautiful performances at our home venue at Boulder Creek High School Performing Arts Center and at the acoustically acclaimed Camelback Bible Church. The organization brought Joyuous Noel to the Boulder Creek stage for the second year with music and narration of the traditional Christmas story. In March, ProMusica Arizona musicians performed A Night with Stradivarius for their first concert at the historic Orpheum Theatre in downtown Phoenix. World-renowned guest violinist Elizabeth Pitcairn joined PMAZ with her famous 1720 Red "Mendolsshon" Stradivarius Violin, said to be the inspiration for an Academy Award-winning movie, The Red Violin.
With more than 100 singers, instrumentalists and volunteers, PMAZ has come a long way since its beginnings in 2003 when 17 people met to start a community chorus to serve the North Valley communities of Anthem, New River, Desert Hills, Black Canyon City and Tramonto. The organization’s reach has expanded as the chorale and orchestra, along with world-renowned guest talent, have performed in venues around the Phoenix metro. PMAZ musicians have entertained nearly 90,000 people in over 130 performances during the organization’s ten-year history, and is one of only a handful of community music programs in the country that include both orchestral and choral music. The organization is committed to meeting its musician’s need to participate in professional quality performances, share music with audiences at affordable ticket prices, and build a sense of community with concerts the entire family can appreciate.