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Copland House Piano Trio

Friday, Sunday, March 9, 11, 5pm
St. Paul’s Church, Cardo 6
$150, 300, 400

Dear Music Lover,

If you’ve noticed San Miguel celebrating it’s because the Copland House Trio is returning! The musicians are from the renowned resident ensemble at Aaron Copland's National Historic Landmark home in New York State which has become a unique creative center for classical music. The trio, led by renowned violinist Nicholas Kitchen who wowed our audience in November with a stunning all-Beethoven recital, is both dynamic and precise at the same time. Prepare to be delighted by their sheer musicality in two different concerts on Friday and Sunday, March 9th and 11th at 5pm at St. Paul’s Church, Calle Cardo.

On their previous visits to San Miguel the ensemble has received multiple standing ovations, and it’s easy to see why. Revered as one of the most knowledgeable American repertory ensembles, the trio rejuvenates 150 years of America’s rich musical legacy. Kitchen, also first violinist of the lauded Borromeo String Quartet, is joined by cellist Wilhelmina Smith, the Artistic Director and founder of the Salt Bay Chamberfest in Maine. Michael Boriskin, the Copland House Artistic and Executive Director, is the trio’s pianist.

On Friday, the concert will feature piano trios by Haydn, Shostakovich and Brahms. Haydn's Piano Trio No. 39, fondly called the “Gypsy” because of the Hungarian inspired Rondo finale, was dedicated to Rebecca Schroeter, a musician with whom he was much enamored. Secretly in love, but bound to a loveless marriage by the church, Haydn's passion went unrequited, and the haunting music is proof of it. Shostakovich's Piano Trio No. 1, Poème, was also inspired by romance. Written when the composer was only 16 years old, a bout of tuberculosis and a twist of fate led him to meet his first love, Tatyana Glivenko, to whom the trio is dedicated. We will also hear Brahms' sumptuous yet evocative Piano Trio No. 2 in C Major. Composed after his piano quartets and quintets, the string quartets and sextets, the piano trio is the culmination of Brahms’ huge artistic vision; a summation of his life's work.

Sunday's program will include piano trios by Mozart and Schumann and Debussy's Cello Sonata. Mozart's Piano Trio No. 5, written the same year he wrote his last three symphonies in Vienna, is the fifth of six surviving piano trios. Mozart heightens the role of the cello in these trios, allowing for the modern equilibrium with the violin that is typical today, but was not at the time. Meanwhile, Debussy’s Sonata for Cello and Piano took inspiration from French Baroque composer François Couperin, famous for his mono-thematic works, but in Debussy’s hands the piece is a shimmering tone poem. Schumann's Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor, arguably the most popular of his works, was one of his last compositions before his descent into mental illness, despite which it is an infectious rendition of the joy of life .

Tickets for these concerts are $150, $300 and $400 pesos donation each, and are on sale through our web site (with no booking fees), at Solutions on Recreo 11, and at La Tienda in the Biblioteca Pública; La Conexión; only at Aldama 3; and at the concert 45 minutes before performance time.

Details of all Pro Musica’s concerts and events and Patron Membership are on our web site, www.promusicasma.org, or contact us at promusicasma@aol.com.

Sincerely,
Michael Pearl, President, Pro Musica

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