Albany Pro Musica: Hope, Faith, Life, and Love

José Daniel Flores-Caraballo / Albany Pro Musica

7:30 • Saturday, October 18th 2014
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church • Albany, NY

3:00 pm • Sunday, October 19th 2014
Proctor’s Theater • Schenectady, NY

It takes a special person to successfully follow in the footsteps of an outstanding leader … especially one in an performance ensemble and the arts community. Thus, the challenge for José Daniel Flores-Caraballo as he steps into the shadows of the legacy of Albany Pro Musica’s Founding Artistic Director and Conductor Emeritus Dr. David Griggs-Janower.  Flores-Caraballo makes his directorial debut with the Upstate New York’s premier choral group with Albany Pro Musica’s season opener titled Hope, Faith, Life, Love.

When one reads about Flores-Caraballo’s distinguished career, it appears he has the credentials and experience to hold his own. He come to the Capital Region from Vero Beach (FL) where he demonstrated his musical force through the founding and direction of the Atlantic Symphonic Chorus, an auditioned chorus that performs major choral works with orchestra; the Atlantic Children’s Chorale; and a chamber choir. He also served as director of music and organist for the Community Church of Vero Beach, where he directed the 73-member Chancel Choir and all guest instrumental ensembles and orchestras.

Flores-Caraballo’s experience in the academic world—professionally and his own training—is also impressive. He has directed prize winning choirs in different schools in San Juan, where he was also Dean of Academic Affairs at the prestigious Conservatory of Music founded by Pablo Casals. His comprehensive training includes a Doctorate in Sacred Music with emphasis in choral and instrumental conducting from the Oxford Graduate Theological Foundation, a Master’s Degree in Choral Conducting and Organ from the University of Illinois and a Bachelor’s in Music Education and Instrumental Conducting from the Conservatory of Music in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Dr. Flores-Caraballo also studied under highly regarded conductors such as Helmuth Rilling, Don Moses, and Fred Stoltzfus, among others.

So you say, this is all great, but let’s get on with it …

What about Albany Pro Musica’s performances this weekend?

Grammy award-winning composer Eric Whitacre’s stunning work Hope, Faith, Life, Love gives rise to the title and theme of Albany Pro Musica’s first concert with José Daniel Flores-Caraballo as the choral group’s second Artistic Director. Flores-Caraballo comments that “music helps us express our deepest emotions in a unique way, and [this] program is designed to provoke reflection and a reaction inclusive of hope, love, sadness and happiness.”

In addition to Whitacre’s work, the Albany Pro Musica (APM) program includes the New York premiere of APM member Steve Murray‘s Horses at Midnight Without a Moon as well as pieces by Morten Lauridsen, Stephen Foster, Irvin Fine, Robert DeCormier, and Stephen Paulus. Featured works include:

    • Frank MartinMass for Double Choir
    • Sir Edward William Elgar — Lux Aeterna from Enigma Variations
    • Francis SchwartzPaz en la Tierra (Peace on Earth)
    • John DavidYou Are The New Day

Given Flores-Caraballo’s work with the Atlantic Children’s Chorale, it is somehow not a surprise that the Capital District Youth Chorale joins Albany Pro Musica for this concert. What a treat, and all the more reason to go take a listen!

It is a new day. As Albany Pro Musica continues its journey under new artistic leadership, we wish the ensemble and José Daniel Flores-Caraballo Godspeed. Hopefully the collaboration is lengthy and full of hope, faith, life, and love.

 

Upcoming Events

  • Tuesdays at Noon Concerts: Pianist Max Lifchitz / Ginastera, Nazareth, Villa-Lobos, Gottschalk & Lifchitz
  • St. Paul’s Church, Troy, NY
    Tuesday, October 21st 2014 at 12:00 pm

  • The Met’s “Live in HD”: Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro (New Production)
  • Regal Crossgates Stadium 18, Albany, NY
    Wednesday, October 22nd 2014 at 6:30 pm

  • WMHT “No Ticket Required”: Schenectady Symphony performs W.A. Mozart
  • WMHT-FM (Radio Broadcasts), Troy (NY)
    Friday, October 24th 2014 at 1:00 pm

  • The Met’s “Live in HD”: Verdi’s Macbeth
  • Time & Space Limited*, Hudson, NY
    Saturday, October 25th 2014 at 12:55 pm

  • The Met’s “Live in HD”: Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro (New Production)
  • Lake Placid Center for the Arts, Lake Placid, NY
    Saturday, October 25th 2014 at 1:00 pm

  • Empire State Youth Orchestra: Symphonic Landscapes of America
  • The Egg Center for the Performing Arts, Albany, NY
    Saturday, October 25th 2014 at 7:00 pm

  • de Blasiis Chamber Music Series: Neave Piano Trio
  • Hyde Collection, Glens Falls, NY
    Sunday, October 26th 2014 at 2:00 pm

  • Rafal Blechaz, piano: Bach, Beethoven, Chopin
  • Union College Memorial Chapel, Schenectady, NY
    Sunday, October 26th 2014 at 3:00 pm

  • “WMHT Live!”: pianist Dubravka Tomsic / W.A. Mozart, Scarlatti, Brahms
  • WMHT-FM (Radio Broadcasts), Troy (NY)
    Sunday, October 26th 2014 at 6:00 pm

  • Close Encounters with Music: Mozart | Rejoice, Exult!
  • Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, MA
    Sunday, October 26th 2014 at 6:00 pm

  • WMHT “No Ticket Required”: Windham Festival Chamber Orchestra performs Mahler
  • WMHT-FM (Radio Broadcasts), Troy (NY)
    Friday, October 31st 2014 at 1:00 pm

  • The Met’s “Live in HD”: Bizet’s Carmen
  • Regal Crossgates Stadium 18, Albany, NY
    Saturday, November 1st 2014 at 12:55 pm

  • The Met’s “Live in HD”: Bizet’s Carmen
  • Time & Space Limited*, Hudson, NY
    Saturday, November 1st 2014 at 12:55 pm

  • The Met’s “Live in HD”: Bizet’s Carmen
  • Lake Placid Center for the Arts, Lake Placid, NY
    Saturday, November 1st 2014 at 1:00 pm

  • The Met’s “Live in HD”: Bizet’s Carmen
  • Bardavon, Poughkeepsie, NY
    Saturday, November 1st 2014 at 1:00 pm