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Los Angeles' Pacific Piano Trio in San Miguel Concert Debut

"Top string quartets pop up everywhere, but first-rate piano trios are rare. A concert by the Pacific Trio was a special treat, as the trio demonstrated in convincing manner, why it should be considered one of the best." We couldn’t agree more with the Los Angeles Times assessment.  Each of the artists has an illustrious career; for example John Walz is the principal cellist of Dudamel's Los Angeles Opera together their work is utterly sublime. Don’t miss their San Miguel debut at St Paul’s Church, Friday, March 3, at 5 pm and Sunday, March 5 at 4 pm.

Since their founding in 1979, the Pacific Piano Trio; Walz, Roger Wilke, violin and Edith Orloff, piano; has performed over 1,000 concerts worldwide. When they aren’t wowing audiences far flung parts of the globe, they hold the title of trio-in-residence at the Idyllwild Arts Summer Program in southern California. They have been making recordings since 1989 from Brahms and Shostakovich to the Beethoven Triple Concerto with the Czech National Orchestra in Prague. Their most recent CD, “American Composers” highlighted the music of Gershwin, Bernstein, Copland and Muczynski.

On Friday, audiences will enjoy piano trios from Hayden, Turina and Brahms, among others. When Hayden composed Piano Trio No. 25, it was a return to greatness after a fallow period in his life Turina, a talented Spanish pianist and conductor, wrote pieces in all genres, however his works tended to fall into three groups, which are represented in the movements of his piano trio: a cosmopolitan first movement, a Spanish nationalistic second movement, and a final fusion of the two. Brahms' Trio was composed at the height of his career, although he was struggling with musical and personal changes, which led him to abandon the composition, but he then returned to it two years later with gusto and the great master work we know today emerged...

On Sunday, concertgoers will relish works by Beethoven, Rachmaninov, Bloch, Gershwin, and more. Beethoven's Piano Trio was dedicated to Austrian Prince Karl Lichnowsky, patron to Mozart as well. Infamous for his fickle patronage, he sued Mozart on his deathbed and insulted Beethoven publicly, causing the composer to smash the Prince’s in his home. Gershwin's Suite from “Porgy and Bess” is one of the most beloved works of American music, in part due to the extensive research that captured the true essence of the Gullah culture of South Carolina during that time. Swiss-born Ernest Bloch is best known for his composition of Jewish-influenced music, though his works span many genres. Bloch's extraordinarily beautiful Three Nocturnes demonstrate his gift for writing exquisite chamber music.

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.