Although the 2021-22 Pro Musica season kicks off in December, a little later than usual, not much has changed when it comes to the music and the highly acclaimed artists.
“This year we’re excited to return to live programming, to come together to enjoy great music as a community,” Emlyn Johnson, Acting Director and Classically-trained Flautist, said on Facebook.
Part of the 2020-21 season has been put on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with the remainder being online concerts and outdoor performances.
“As the ups and downs of COVID-19 continue to affect us all,” Johnson said, “we have continued to adapt. “
For the new season, Johnson promises a “fantastic roster of world-class musicians”.
The planned concerts include:
• The Quartet Opus 76, December 4: At 10 a.m., the Kansas City-based band will present a “Bach-a-Bye Baby” event featuring writer / narrator Leia Barrett in a musical version of “Goldilocks and the Three Bears.” At 2 p.m., they will give a free string quartet concert. Both performances will take place at the Post Art Library inside the Joplin Public Library, 1901 E. 20th St.
• Charles McPherson, February 19, 2022: During the Joplin native’s week-long “The Journey Home” celebration, the acclaimed saxophonist will perform a free concert at 7 p.m. at the Central Christian Center, 401 Virginia Ave.
• Trio Morgenstern, March 3, 2022: This acclaimed German piano trio will perform a free concert at 7 p.m., presenting classical and romantic pieces by Beethoven, Schumann and Bridge at Ozark Christian College Chapel, 1111 N. Main St.
• Jasper and Jupiter Quartets, April 21, 2022: These two string quartets will perform new works as well as a byte piece by Mendelssohn. The venue for the concert has not yet been determined.