Adelante California: A Conversation With Christopher Pratorius

Friday, July 30, 2021

Ticket Information

12:00 PM
Presented By
Quinteto Latino
Event Type
Early Music
Event Contact
Adriana Mirabal

Join us for California Adelante – a three-part discussion series with a diverse California native Latinx composers, hosted by Armando Castellano, Music Director of Quinteto Latino wind ensemble and Founder/Director of the Latino Music Education Network. Composers will share tell their stories of living and working in California and their experiences as people of color navigating the world of classical music.

In our third and final webinar, we are thrilled to speak with composer Chris Pratorius Gómez, a composer and music educator based in Santa Cruz, California. He has written operas, a harp concerto, two orchestral works and many pieces for solo voice, choir, chamber ensembles and electronic media that have been performed in San Francisco, Istanbul, New York, Guatemala and other spots around the world. In 2018 he collaborated with Quinteto Latino as artist-in-residence working in East Palo Alto schools, composing music for beginning music students to perform with this professional wind quintet, and working in the classrooms to bring these pieces to life. Later in the year he returned as composer-in-residence for Quinteto Latino’s first Seminario Institute, penning a triple wind quintet titled Cumbia del Quinceañero. Another residency, with Opera Parallèle under the guidance of Nicole Paiement, saw Chris write a trio of children's operas for their Hands-on-Opera educational program from 2015-2017.

Notable past projects include Claroscuro en Flor, a 25 minute concerto for harp and chamber orchestra commissioned by the American Harp Society and San José Chamber Orchestra, which saw its premiere in 2013 under the baton of Barbara Day Turner; the guitar sonata Ondas do Mar de Vigo, which can be found on Mesut Özgen's CD Troubadour; the chamber concerto Untogether, not Apart, premiered by New Music Works in 2014 and Contraponientes, a choral song-cycle based on poetry by Federico García Lorca commissioned by Ariose Singers. May, 2019 saw the revival of his opera Xochitl and the Flowers, presented as a collaboration between Opera Parallèle and the San Francisco Community Music Center. 

Chris teaches theory, history, composition and piano at Cal State Monterey Bay and UC Santa Cruz and maintains a private composition studio. Currently he is working on his first dramatic opera, Dreams Americanos, with librettist Alan Olejniczak. It’s a modern day, Spanish/English bilingual retelling of Cyrano de Bergerac set in a California restaurant.

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This project was made possible with support from California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Visit

Admission for this event is free.


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