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David Coucheron with his 1725 Stradivarius plays for Pro Musica Concerts


Norwegian-born violinist, David Coucheron, started playing at the age of three. He joined the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in 2010 as the youngest concertmaster in any major U.S. orchestra and now this incredible young musician will be honoring San Miguel when he performs with his 1725 Stradivarius on Friday and Saturday, February 17 and 18 at 4 pm at St. Paul’s Church on Calle Cardo.

David Coucheron has an extensive orchestral and chamber music repertoire, and regularly plays many of the world’s greatest venues, like Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center, and at many prestigious events, such as the Olympic Winter Games. As a soloist, he has played with illustrious orchestras world-wide, including the BBC Symphony. Holder of two MFAs, he serves as the Artistic Director for the Kon Tiki Chamber Music Festival in his hometown of Oslo, Norway. As an active recording artist, he has two albums with his sister, “David and Julie” (Naxos/Mudi) and “Debut” (Naxos).

Friday’s concert will include Vitali’s Chaconne. Most of this Baroque composer' violin works have long been known, but the recent discovery of an original manuscript sheds new light on this popular classic. Also featured will be Grieg’s Sonata in G major for Piano and Violin, composed during the first three weeks of his honeymoon, and which includes folk elements, like the springar, a dance meant for courting couples.

In 1934, Franz Waxman had come to America after composing cinema scores in Germany, such as Marlene Dietrich's The Blue Angel. He had more incredible successes in America, scoring Bride of Frankenstein, Sunset Boulevard, and A Place in the Sun, receiving two Academy Awards. We will hear Waxman's Fantasy, a virtuoso work, which plays on Sarasate's Carmen Fantasie for violin and piano.

On Saturday, Coucheron will perform a Scherzo from the multiple-composer F-A-E Sonata. It is a very unusual piece being the result of a collaboration between Schumann, Brahms, and Albert Dietrich, one of Schumann's students. The program also includes Mendelssohn’s great classic, the Sonata for Violin and Piano.  Moving on to Christian Sinding, hailing from Coucheron’s home country, he came from a family of artists: a painter, sculptor, and an actress. Conflicting stories regarding Nazi party affiliation have tarnished his reputation, but audiences will surely delight in Coucheron’s spectacular interpretation of his Suite for violin and piano. The Pro Musica audience will also hear Saint-Saëns’ superb Violin Sonata, a brilliant and musically varied work, this sonata has been associated with Proust’s In Search of Lost Time.

Tickets for the concerts at St. Paul’s are $150, $250 and $350 pesos donation each, and are on sale at La Tienda in the Biblioteca Pública; La Conexión; only at Aldama 3, the School of Arts at the Instituto Allende, Ancha de San Antonio 22, and at the concert half an hour before performance time.