Symphony Pro Musica has been performing in MetroWest Boston for 25 years. Their March 14 and March 15 concerts include two major Villa-Lobos works that are finally breaking through into concert programmes around the world.
The 2nd Cello Concerto is a late work, written in 1953 for Aldo Parisot. Like the other commissioned concertos from this period (for Harmonica, Harp, and Guitar, at least, if not all of those for piano), this work is very strong: accessible and completely typical.
Dawn in the Tropical Forest (Alvorada Na Floresta Tropical) was written in the following year, on commission from the Louisville Orchestra. This work and the other tone poems and ballets represent the third most important group of Villa's orchestral works, after the Choros and Bachianas Brasileiras, and before the Symphonies. It's great to see them programmed by American orchestras in this Ano Villa-Lobos.