Symphony Pro Musica begins 40th anniversary season


Symphony Pro Musica begins 40th anniversary season
Mark Churchill has conducted SPM since its founding in 1983. The orchestra regularly partners with choral groups, dance ensembles, opera companies, and others, and features both rising young and established soloists.

REGION – Symphony Pro Musica presents its first performance of its celebratory 40th anniversary season on Saturday, Nov. 5 at 7:30 p.m. at the Hudson High School, and on Sunday, Nov. 6 at 3:30 p.m. at St. John’s High School in Shrewsbury.

The program is titled “Taking Off!” and features cellist Thomas Mesa.

Mesa has been called “one of the most charismatic, innovative and engaging performers of his generation.”

Symphony Pro Musica begins 40th anniversary season
Thomas Mesa

“I look forward to performing with Thomas Mesa. This marks his first appearance with SPM, and it’s our privilege to work with such a gifted musician,” said Mark Churchill. “Mesa has been given the exclusive rights to debut the young American composer Jessie Montgomery’s new work, ‘Divided,’ for cello and strings in its inaugural season, and we are delighted to host one of its first performances.” 

In addition to “Divided,” the orchestra will also perform George Chadwick’s “Jubilee,” Tchaikovsky’s “Pezzo Capriccioso” and Arnold Schoenberg orchestration of Brahms’ “Piano Quartet No. 1.” 

“The Piano Quartet as orchestrated by Schoenberg provides a new and sumptuous take on a Brahms chamber classic, using a full orchestra — it’s a stunning piece,” said Churchill.

Adult tickets are $25, senior tickets are $20, and group rates are available. Students and first-time attendees can attend for free. 

Tickets to the performances may be found on Eventbrite (, or from the SPM website,