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Richard and Mika Stoltzman: The World's Greatest Clarinetist and Marimbist Return to San Miguel


Two-time Grammy award winning clarinetist Richard Stoltzman and “high-wire jazz marimbist” Mika Stoltzman (as described by the LA Times) will return to San Miguel for two unforgettable concerts. The unusual combination of these instruments is delightfully intoxicating, hugely energetic and always innovative. The illustrious superstars will be joined by pianist son, Peter John, for their not-to-be-missed concerts on Friday, January 4 at 5pm and Sunday, January 6 at 4pm at St. Paul’s Church on Calle Cardo.

Beloved for his captivating stage presence and awesome artistry, when Richard Stoltzman isn’t winning Grammys, performing chamber music or jazz, or recording, he collaborates with his equally talented marimbist wife, Mika. Audiences worldwide rave about her spirited and emotive performances, as well as the unique quality of the combination of their instruments and the interaction that they have on stage. Richard and Mika have been described as having, “amazing versatility and crossover ability … starting off quite conventionally … soon they began adding their own flair to each one” and “showed-off their jazz abilities” (The Boston Musical Intelligencer).

On Friday, concertgoers will delight in Poulenc’s Sonata for Clarinet and Piano. A member of Les Six, a group of young French composers, the composer believed in making music for pure enjoyment. A perfect piece for this concert! The eclectic program includes Brahms’ Lullaby, based on German folk poems and highlights Germany’s romantic tradition, as well as nationalist passions. We will hear several of Gershwin's Preludes, which are both traditional and very much in his own idiom, referencing jazz influences. Add to this Porgy and Bess, at heart a folk opera but now regarded as a major classical work, and you have a fascinating concert to suit all tastes. Not to mention other delights like Debussy’s Première Rhapsody, Ravel’s Pavane for a Dead Princess, Piazzolla’s Tango Étude, Bill Douglas’ Waltz Cantando and Feast, and more.

On Sunday, audiences will delight in Bernstein’s Sonata dedicated to Benny Goodman, with whom he later premiered the Poulenc Sonata featured in Friday’s concert. The wildly popular and brilliant West Side Story, based on Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, will enthrall you in the hands of the Stoltzmans with their special arrangements for these instruments. Bach’s artistic, emotional, and spiritual Chaconne will be performed as well. McKinley’s Mostly Blues, mentioned in the duo’s review (by the Boston Muscial Intelligencer above), will also be played. Other notable pieces in the concert include exceptional original compositions from Charles Ives, the tranquil beauty of Douglas’ Irish Spirit, Piazolla’s Years of Solitude and Fuga y Misterio, and the Mexico premiere of Zorn’s Palimpsest, a unique and eclectic work from a MacArthur fellow.

Tickets for the concert at St. Paul’s are $150, $350 and $450 pesos donation each, and are on sale at the Bookshop in the Biblioteca Pública; Solutions, Recreo 11 and through our website with no booking fee, and at the concert 45 minutes before performance time.