Here's a preview article by Michelle Bearden of our April 7 concert, from the Tampa Tribune.
Welcome! We recently completed our 15th concert season, and thanks to your support, we once again have presented
the finest music for chamber ensembles. Last May we completed our 14th season, one of our busiest ever. In addition to our annual concerts of Gregorian Chant in Tampa and Ocala, the period-instrument FPM Chamber Ensemble played concerts in St. Petersburg, St. Augustine, and at Sacred Heart in downtown Tampa. In December, our mixed a cappella chorus performed a free "Renaissance Christmas" concert in our first-ever performance at St. John Greek Orthodox Church in Hyde Park, Tampa.
(2010 Concert Photo by Sally Gurba)
We concluded the 2011-2012 season with three mixed-choir concerts featuring Victoria's Lamentations of Jeremiah, first at the St. George Anglican Cathedral in Ocala (April 22), then at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Tampa (May 6), and finally at St. James Catholic Cathedral in downtown Orlando (May 19).
It is very exciting for us to be able to offer more concerts, in more cities around the state of Florida, and this is a trend we very much hope to continue next season and beyond. We appreciate your attendance and support! We look forward to seeing you next season for another exciting season of vocal and instrumental chamber music. Please help us spread the word!
Florida Pro Musica is a member organization of Early Music America, the leading not-for-profit service organization dedicated to the advancement and support of the field of early music in North America. Our concert last season of baroque chamber music on period instruments was designated in honor of Early Music America's 25th Anniversary.
Sacred Heart Residency - Florida Pro Musica is happy to continue as ensemble in residence at Sacred Heart Church in downtown Tampa, and to play our part in celebrating Sacred Heart's 150th Anniversary.
Click here for directions to Sacred Heart.
Our concerts over the first 13 seasons have included some wonderful highlights, from large-scale works like Mozart's Requiem and Handel's Messiah to intimate offerings such as the complete Masses by William Byrd, baroque trio sonatas, madrigals in costume, and a whole spectrum of choral and instrumental programs. We have performed in Largo, Clearwater, Sun City Center, and Ocala, as well as in St. Petersburg and Tampa. Our main performance
home since 2002 is Sacred Heart Catholic Church in downtown Tampa, where we performed the World Premiere of Brother John Paul Russo's Missa Pro Nova Aurora (Mass for a New Dawn). Click to read more about Russo's Mass. Photo by Sally Gurba.
The critics say:
- The singers displayed a nearly perfect level of precision and a palpable warmth of tone. (St. Petersburg Times)
- The level of musicianship was never in question. (Tampa Tribune)
- Their voices soared perfectly in tune with the space. (St. Petersburg Times)
One of the season's most anticipated events. (Chamber Music Magazine)
Gregorian Chant performance a "holiday favorite." Preview article by John Fleming.
Florida Pro Musica's sound is fit for a sanctuary. A review by Marty Clear.
Read the Tampa Tribune's Preview Article about our December 14 concert. The article also includes links to the WFLA-TV story and additional photos.
FPM's first Gregorian Chant concert was in 2003. Read John Fleming's review in the St. Petersburg Times of Gregorian Chant I: Mass for the 4th Sunday of Advent Review by John Fleming
Florida Pro Musica presents a concert of sacred a cappella pieces ranging from Palestrina to Bruckner....read the full St. Pete Times article.
Left: The Florida Pro Musica Chorus performs at Sacred Heart Church in Tampa. 2008 Concert Photo by Sally Gurba.