Ohio’s ProMusica Chamber Orchestra 2022-23: Beethoven, Haydn, Reza Vali, Carline Shaw, “Naked Classics” series, Handel’s “Messiah”

Posted on: May 23, 2022

“If the new season of the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra looks—and sounds—a bit more normal than it has in recent years, that’s pretty much the idea,” writes Peter Tonguette in Sunday’s (5/22) Columbus Dispatch (OH). “ ‘We will have some tried-and-true favorites, like the full “Messiah,” and then we’re continuing to promote a new work by a living composer pretty much on every concert,’ said [CEO Janet Chen]…. [At] the opening weekend concerts … in addition to works by … Beethoven and … Haydn, Music Director David Danzmayr will lead the orchestra in a performance of the Ohio premiere of contemporary composer Reza Vali’s ‘The Girl from Shiraz.’ … Two concerts will feature contemporary musicians performing their own compositions: On March 4-5, Berlin Philharmonic concertmaster Noah Bendix-Balgley will perform his own work ‘Fidl-Fantazye: A Klezmer Concerto,’ and for the season finale on May 13-14, Pulitzer Prize-winning vocalist-composer Caroline Shaw will be featured in her own pieces, ‘Blueprint for String Quartet,’ ‘Is A Rose’ and ‘Entr’acte for String Orchestra.’ … Also coming back is ‘Naked Classics,’ an educational-style concert in which presenter and host Paul Rissmann does a deep-dive into classical masterpieces and the orchestra will play those same masterpieces.”