JOPLIN, Mo. —
Math teachers will take issue about the following formula: 3 x 3 + 3 + 1 + 1 = 33. But the math works for Pro Musica's managing director Bonnie Yetter, who has booked three trios and three ensembles for the group's 33rd season.
One of those ensembles will be a first: The group will host the saxophone-exclusive Amstel Quartet.
"I have never heard a live sax quartet, so I'm excited," Yetter said.
The season, announced last week, also includes a symphony orchestra, an annual Pops concert and a jazz concert.
The schedule includes the following:
- Strata Trio, Sept. 19. The trio comprises an instrumentation not commonly found, Yetter said -- piano, clarinet and violinist/violist.
- It will perform a program that includes William Bolcom, Schumann and Bartok.
- Linden String Quartet, Oct. 24. The quartet, like many other Pro Musica artists, will also work with Joplin students during its visit.
- Amstel Quartet, Nov. 14. The saxophone quartet is from the Netherlands.
- New York Polyphony, Dec. 5. The vocal quartet will perform a number of Christmas songs from around the world.
- Chantham Baroque, Feb. 6. The ensemble performs with the baroque instruments violin, viola da gamba and theorbo.
- Haifa Symphony, March 2. Founded in Israel, the orchestra tours around the world. It will perform a program that includes Mozart and Dvorak.
- Horzowski Trio, March 27. Featuring violin, cello and piano, each musician has played in Joplin with other ensembles.
- A Dave Brubeck Tribute, May 2. The concert will feature music of the great jazz pianist.
- Joplin Pops, June 27. The featured performers are TBA.
- Details: 417-625-1822.