The illustrious Andrew Sords returns to San Miguel to play two unforgettable concerts with pianist Tim Durkovic. As handsome as he is talented, this violin prodigy is swooning audiences worldwide, receiving abundant praise. Performing across 4 continents, and collaborating with nearly 250 orchestras, Andrew Sords is a captivating musician. His concerts on Saturday and Sunday, January14th and 15th at 5 pm at St. Paul’s church on Calle Cardo, are not to be missed!
Sords has received countless awards and distinctions reflecting his career trajectory, including the Pittsburgh Concert Society’s Career Grant and the NFMC Young Artist Award, and was described as “the finest violin soloist I have ever heard …an absolute wonder,” by the Kansas City Star and “utterly radiant” by Canada’s Arts Forum. Not only a classical musician, he is an activist and philanthropist, competing in charity fundraisers like “Pittsburgh’s Dancing with the Stars” and with the Minnesota and Atlanta Philharmonic in support of gay rights.
Saturday’s concert will include the grace and beauty of Dvořák, Mozart, Liszt, and Schumann. Dvořák’s Sonatina in G Major, composed as a gift for his children in 1893, was the last chamber composition he wrote during his sojourn in America. Mozart’s Sonata in E-flat major was composed when the harpsichord was being replaced by the fortepiano. The harpsichord was limited in its volume changes while the piano could remarkably play both loud and soft dynamics. This sonata is one of Mozart's earliest compositions to extensively employ the new dynamic possibilities. Schumann’s Sonata in D Minor was written during one of the most prolific periods of his life when, after winning a lawsuit against his father-in-law, he was finally able to marry his beloved Clara. The Sonata is a marvel of organic integration and growth apparent from its opening.
Sunday’s concert will feature exquisite pieces by Grieg, Bloch, Saraste, and Prokofiev. European cosmopolite Grieg was passionate about the state of his Norway's musical identity. His exquisite Sonata in C Minor for piano and violin was composed in 1887. Bloch’s Baal Shem, Three Pictures from Hassidic Life, was written during the year that he acquired American citizenship. Considered Jewish music, it has no folk or traditional Jewish aspects, leaving many questions regarding what classifies music as “Jewish”. Saraste’s Habañera, from Spanish Dances, can be traced to Spanish Renaissance music as seen in it traditional duple-triple rhythms. He inspired many other composers, such as Lalo, Saint-Saëns and Bizet, who dedicated their compositions with a Spanish flair to Sarasate.
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.