Pro Musica Chorus de Sóller

Is a musical entity with a long history. Founded by D. Joan Mateu under the name of “Polyphonic Choir of Sóller “, in 1982, it changed its name to the present one, opening a stage work centered on a repertoire of romantic and impressionists compositions. From this time dates the participation in the first edition of the Festival of Music in Bunyola.

From 1986 to 1993, Carles Ponseti became head of the choir, along with the direction of the “Studium Chamber Choir ” in Palma. During this time, the choir performs an important musical work which allows to study and provide a large number of infrequent works of choral repertoire, including  different styles of interpretation, ranging from Renaissance to the twentieth century. In 1994 the musician and tenor Antoni Aragón became director following the same line and dynamic impulsed by  his predecessor, while were added to  the repertoire folk and popular pieces from  the islands and from the whole world. Later on, Tomeu Bibiloni became director until August 2000 .

During all these years the choir displayed a great musical activity evidenced by a large number of concerts both “a cappella”, as well as concerts with an orchestra accompaniment,  allowing the interpretation of works of such varied in styles and periods composers as Vivaldi, Rheinberger, Haendel, Mozart, Bach, Fauré, Mendelssohn, Pergolesi … The choir has collaborated for years with the “Young Balearic Symphony Orchestra”, also in the Lenten cycles of Choral Singing celebrating the Tourist Day and other popular events, featuring performances throughout the island, in addition to participating as a member of the activities organized by the Federation of Choral Mallorca.

Currently and since 2000 the choir director is the young musician and music educator Pep Alarcón.

This last stage of “Pro Musica Chorus de Sóller ” included participation during August 2003 in the Festival ” Bayeux Chante l’ Europe” in Normandy , France, in which , besides offering three concerts as representative of Spain , sang with other European choirs and accompaniment of the “Symphony Orchestra Bayeux”, the Messa di Gloria by Puccini and Verdi’s Stabat Mater.

The same year, PMC was invited on behalf of the Balearic Islands in the V Biennial of Traditional and Popular Music Polyphonic held in Cangas de Onís (Asturias).

In the summer of 2004, PMC made ​​a tour through northern Germany performing in Hitfield, Ashausen and Hamburg with great critical and public success.

For Christmas 2007, the choir sang  on 2 occasions the Mozart’s Coronation Mass and in 2008 offered a selection of choruses from Handel’s Messiah.

In 2009, on the occasion of an exchange with the choir “Cadenza Ciutadella” from Menorca,  PMC acted in this city and in the sanctuary of Toro. During this season, PMC sang four times the  Christmas Oratorio by Saint Saëns,  in its full version for soloists, choir and orchestra.

Since 2010 PMC performed 7 times the Carmina Burana by Carl Orff.

PMC has collaborated with the german orchestra “Karlsruher Kammerensemble” both times they have visited Mallorca (2007 and 2009), performing in Sóller, Felanitx and Deia with works by Vivaldi , Mozart, Bach and Mendelssohn; collaboration that  continued in the summer of 2010, this time in German lands , where they performed Rutter ‘s Requiem and Matines of Our Lady of Guadalupe de Ignacio de Jerusalem, representative work of Mexican baroque. This same program was also performed in Wissembourg, medieval village in the French Alsace.

Furthermore, this collaboration continued in June 2011, performing John Rutter’s Magnificat in Soller and Calvia, during a macroconcert along with 3 concert choirs from the island of Mallorca and the orchestra from Karlsruhe, under the direction of Fernando Marina;  in August 2012 , PMC visited Berlin to interpret the John Rutter ‘s Magnificat.

In May 2012, the choir took part  in the interpretation of the St. John’s Passion by J.S. Bach, performance promoted by the bank “la Caixa”, work the choir  will perform  again in April 2014, in the main theater of Palma and Manacor Auditorium.

In July 2012, PMC participated in the choir competition “Sant Feliu awards IV” of Llubí where it won the award for best choir and the awards for best director and best interpretation of popular Majorcan work.

In 2013 PMC sang twice the cantata Alexander Nevsky by S. Prokoviev and Rutter’s Magnificat with the symphony orchestra of professional Conservatory of Mallorca; It also organized the first Summer Concert Series at the Port of Soller with a repertoire consisting of Havana and popular music.

Note the recording of its first CD in the fall of 2013, entitled “Seasons”, the disc performs a musical journey  through the seasons of the year.

In 2014 it has offered several benefit concerts for various NGOs like “Mallorca sense fam” or “Aspanob”.

Currently “Pro Musica Chorus de Sóller” includes forty voices evenly spread over each string, and its members are sharing a great interest in music and choral singing experience.

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