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October 29, 2023


Second Church in Newton

60 Highland St, West Newton, MA 02465

Musical Program

Jessie Montgomery Divided for Cello and Strings

Camille Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto No. 1 in A minor, op. 33

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K. 550

Pro Arte opens its season in dramatic fashion with conductor Mischa Santora, Music Director of Boston Ballet, and Cuban-American cellist Tommy Mesa.  In Jessie Montgomery’s Divided, which Mesa premiered in 2022, a solo cello gives expressive voice to the unsettled individual living in a conflicted society.  Camille Saint-Saëns, by casting his dynamic first cello concerto as a single movement, leads the listener on a seamless journey by turns stormy and refined.  The concert concludes with Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Symphony No. 40 in G minor, a work well loved for its intense emotional energy.

Tommy Mesa


Mischa Santora


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