Gil Morgenstern, artistic director of Reflections Series International and world renowned violinist, will debut in San Miguel de Allende, playing alongside pianist, J. Y. Song. He was described as being “a perfect demonstration of supreme ability” by The New York Times and “a rare poet of the violin” by The South China Morning Post, The Washington Post summed it up nicely, saying, “Morgenstern played a program that tested every part of a violinist’s equipment and he did it all beautifully”. Performing for one night only, Morgenstern and Song will play a wide-ranging program of classical and modern piano music at Pro Musica’s opening concert of the season on Sunday, October 9th, at 5 pm St. Paul’s Church on Calle Cardo.
Morgenstern’s brain child, Reflections Series International, presents programs throughout the United States and Europe. He creates original performances combining music, dance, visual art, poetry and prose in ways that invite the audience to reflect on universal themes in a new way. After Reflections Series International’s successful inaugural season at Avenues: The World School, Morgenstern was named Artist-in-Residence for Interdisciplinary Studies. This unique yearlong residency, in which Morgenstern engaged students and faculty of all academic subjects, nurtures artists of all mediums, encouraging collaboration and creative growth. Additionally Morgenstern co-founded the Nine Circles Chamber Theatre, a creative organization dedicated to inter-disciplinary performance, and the Broyhill Chamber Ensemble, a diverse chamber group specializing in classical, romantic and contemporary works.
Morgenstern has a long history of performing in the world’s great concert halls, including the White House, and he has recorded many distinguished albums. His latest recording, 20th Century Duos for Violin and Cello, was the No. 1 classical album for over a month on eMusic, the largest online music store in the world, and was ranked as one of the top ten best selling classical music albums on Amazon. The New York Times raved, “the music is terrific and the performances compelling on this surprisingly exciting and excellently engineered recording.” Morgenstern’s recordings and playing can be regularly heard on National Public Radio and classical music radio stations across the country.
His concert in San Miguel will transport listeners from Bach to Barkauskas, moving from the late 1700s to the present, and including great masters such as Beethoven and Schubert, as well as dipping into iconic nationalist composers like Czech Smetana, Spanish Manuel de Falla, and American icons, Gershwin and Copland.
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.