Message from the President of the Board of Directors
Your Contribution is the Key
For the Music to Keep Playing.
Last season was one that —without fear of being wrong— we can classify as glorious! We are proud that, looking back, we can see that, even with a path full of great challenges and unexpected challenges, we prevailed in our mission to promote the best of the international repertoire and sow in the youngest the seed of MUSIC —of all that fortifies, beautifies, and restores.
Although it is true that we face enormous challenges as a country, it is also true that music can lead us toward tolerance, consensus, and solidarity, while allowing us to achieve the emotional and spiritual restoration of our people.
With the new 2022-2023 Season, the Board of Directors and the Artistic Committee of Pro Arte Musical once again formulate a proposal of the highest level with renowned performers whose trajectories exemplify the commitment to musical excellence at a global level.
Your donations and memberships are fundamental to the existence of Pro Arte Musical. These provide us with the financial platform that the organization needs to keep the concert offer and the educational and community program active. Your support also helps to keep concert tickets at affordable prices, while offering children and young people the opportunity to share with great artists through our Música Abierta (Open Music) program. It presents master classes to students from specialized schools and the Conservatory of Music, as well as concerts in community spaces with Roberto I. Ferdman Award-winning musicians.
It will be an immense pleasure to see you in the concert halls this season!
Myrna M. Rivera Cardona
How You Can Contribute
There are different ways in which you can support the management of Pro Arte Musical. Choose the one that best suits your possibilities.
▹ Pro Arte Musical, Inc. is a 501c(3) NGO.
ANNUAL CONTRIBUTION TO THE Endowment FUND
Your annual contribution will allow you to help raise an Endowment Fund or investment account in perpetuity to pay for the continued operation of Pro Arte Musical. In this fund, the principal remains intact and growing, and only the income it generates is used as stipulated by the fund itself, the donors, or the legatees.
Sponsorships are a valuable contribution: all donations are tax-deductible, and you will enjoy extensive exposure, free tickets, and the association of your brand with a prestigious organization that has contributed to the enrichment of Puerto Rico’s cultural life for the past 90 years.
Planned giving is a growing philanthropic industry and is critical to the future of nonprofit organizations. There are different ways to bequeath money or property to an organization, whether it be a testamentary assignment, charitable gift annuities, charitable trusts, gifts of real estate, or other assets such as securities, retirement capital, and life insurance policies. When you think about leaving your legacy, consider including Pro Arte Musical.
IN THE ARTIST'S OWN WORDS
The silkscreen represents the fatal separation between Filí Melé (Euridice) and Palés (Orpheus) and is dramatized by the proximity of the two hands that almost touch on Orpheus’ lyre. The lyre represents music, art, and poetry. This is a metaphor for the destiny that awaits the poet, who can only have access to his beloved through art and poetry. Art is seen here as the bridge that connects us with the spiritual world (Euridice is also the soul) and with the goddess as the archetype of nature.
by Rafael Trelles
FILÍ MELÉ, THE ESCAPE: SILKSCREEN BY RAFAEL TRELLES
Rafi Trelles is, without a doubt, one of the most recognized current Puerto Rican artists in and outside of Puerto Rico. Trelles dedicates himself almost exclusively to oil, and recently, to non-traditional media. Silkscreens by Trelles are rare, which increases the economic value of our silkscreen print.
The print run is limited. Only 100 copies and a handful of artist’s proofs were printed, also numbered, which increases its value. Size 22″ x 30″. It includes more than 40 colors, which involve the same number of passes in each copy, creating a very elaborate work with an unusual level of nuance and contrast.
The silkscreen is an exploration of the relationship between the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice and the work of one of our greatest poets, Luis Palés Matos, the cycle of poems to Filí Melé. It exposes, in parallelism with the erotic conquest, the paradox of the creative act: an attempt to translate beauty into artistic language, never fully achieved and is frustrated and even destroyed in the attempt, only to obsessively insinuate itself again in the mind of the creator.
The silkscreen shows the moment when Orpheus, thanks to music, has gained access to hell and is in the process of rescuing his beloved Eurydice. But Orpheus, with a forbidden glance in Eurydice’s direction, loses her again. (The expressions on Orpheus’s face, as he confirms the effect of his transgression, at the very moment it occurs, and on Eurydice’s face, are exceptionally successful.) The verses with which Palés concludes his last poem in the cycle are descriptive of this painful frustration: “…lost and already conquered forever, faithful escape, Filí Melé abolished”.
The highly complex and exquisitely executed silkscreen is replete with marine symbols, a Palés obsession, and allusions to African and Western myths as well as other Palés poems, such as the coiled serpent in Eurydice, reminiscent of the enigmatic figure of Lepromonida, one of his strangest poems. The game between the gazes of Orpheus, Eurydice, the serpent, the fish, the semi-submerged idol, and the masks, recalls the description that Palés makes at the beginning of the first poem of the cycle, of the body of Filí Melé: “the body, crystallized nudity, it is nudity in light so naked, that when looking at it you’re gazing at the gaze”. The clearly dreamlike atmosphere of the silkscreen also evokes that same atmosphere in the verses of Palés “…and in the distance, the wing of a candle is disappearing, it is going away, vanishing, and I am also losing myself in it, and when I finally return, in a slight glimmer of consciousness, how far I already find myself from myself, what a strange world surrounds me…”
By: Juan C. Perez Otero, Esq.
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