After their magical concerts for us last season, Pro Musica is delighted to welcome back Richard Stoltzman, universally acknowledged as the world's finest clarinetist, and his equally renowned wife, marimbist, Mika, accompanied by William Ransom, piano. The trio will perform two different concerts on Saturday January 7th, at 5 pm and Sunday January 8th, at 4 pm at St. Paul’s Church, Calle Cardo.
Richard Stoltzman, two-time Grammy winner, is a dazzling entertainer. He stands out in so many ways it’s hard to know where to begin: he was the first wind player to be awarded the Avery Fisher Prize; he won the prestigious Sanford Medal from Yale, his performances and recordings include collaboration with a host of the greatest names in classical music, jazz and pop. Meanwhile, Mika Stoltzman, described by the LA Times as a “high-wire marimbist … an amazing, energetic performer ”, tours worldwide, has recorded numerous albums and plays regularly in venues like Carnegie Hall. As San Miguel audiences already know, Mika does not just play the marimba, she flies around it like a possessed spirit. When she and Richard play together their love for each other and the music they make is palpable and electrifying!
On Saturday, audiences will revel in the innocence and simplicity of Schumann's Romances for clarinet, Ravel's wildly popular Pavane for a Dead Princess, and one of Brahms' greatest masterpieces, the Sonata for clarinet. Forays into blues and jazz will include Mentheny’s Brazilian-seeming Letter’s From Home and McKinley’s delicate and varied Mostly Blues. A particularly prolific composer, McKinley composed in many styles, from jazz to chamber music and works for orchestras. A particularly brilliant gem, Fuga y Misterio by Astor Piazzolla, will take your breath away. And there is much more!
Sunday’s concert will include classics such as Bach’s Sonata for Viola da Gamba and Keyboard, adapted for clarinet; Stravinsky’s Three Pieces for Clarinet Solo, and Gade’s Fantasiestücke. A friend of both Schumann and Mendelssohn, and teacher of Grieg and Nielsen, Gade was an extremely resourceful and talented composer whose work you will much enjoy. Moving into other idioms, our artists will perform Sea Journey, a fusion of jazz, Latin, and classical influences. Chick Corea is one of the finest composers for solo marimba and Mika will perform his Wigwam, a life enhancing feast of rhythmic virtuosity that shows off the instrument at its superb best. Other pieces in the show will include an adaptation of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, which you may not know was composed while the composer was on a train ride!
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.