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Lysander Trio in San Miguel de Allende

As the concert season comes into its peak, the much lauded New York-based Lysander Piano Trio will make its debut in San Miguel de Allende. Attendees will be treated to the passionate and innovative playing of its three members: Itamar Zorman on violin,  Liza Stepanova on piano, and Michael Katz on cello. Two performances are offered on March 8th and 10th at St. Paul’s Church on Calle Cardo, both at 5 p.m.
Concert goers may recall the electric performance last season of the group’s violinist, Itamar Zorman along with pianist, Yuan Li. This time the entire trio of Lysander talent will be with us in San Miguel for an excellent opportunity to experience their dynamic, collaborative playing with “ uncommon degree of heart-on-the-sleeve emotional frankness” as described by the Washington Post.
Israeli-born Zorman and Katz along with Belarus native Stepanova, formed the trio at Julliard where they met in 2009. The awards and accolades of this threesome, both individually and collectively have poured in ever since.
Singled out for their exuberant and youthful approach to chamber music, their combined talents, come together to mesmerize worldwide audiences with their varied and eclectic repertoire. Their program choices illustrate their impressive range and innovation in connecting chamber music across other genres and practices. San Miguel’s concert will be no exception.
Friday’s performance is aptly entitled “Young Trailblazers”. We will hear Debussy’s romantic piano trio in G major. Still a student when he composed the trio, it is doubtful the loose sonata style was ever performed in Debussy’s lifetime. Brahm’s piano trio in B major composed when he was just twenty, is one of few chamber works to have a major/minor composition. This program also includes a commissioned piece from young Israeli composer, Gilad Cohen. “Around the Cauldron” takes its name and content from Shakespeare’s Macbeth. The drama and dissonance of this piece puts it squarely into a contemporary realm and conjures the three witches casting their spell with inventive and playful sound.
Sunday’s performance “Light and Matter”, is a program inspired by Finnish composer, Kaija Saariaho’s commissioned piece from 2014 of the same name. The selections are Russian composer Alexander Scriabin’s Nocturne Op. 5, whose music Tolstoy described as “a sincere expression of genius.” We will also hear Haydn’s sweetly melancholic Trio in F-sharp minor, and Faure’s Piano Trio in D minor. First performed in Paris in 1923, Faure’s trio was praised for its “elegant clarity and serenity”. Finally, Schubert’s Piano trio in E-flat major, considered his masterpiece, carries the listener on a rollercoaster of musical brilliance.
The Lysander Piano trio, which takes its name from the besotted hero of Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream is in high demand and touring extensively in 2019. Don’t miss this opportunity to experience the virtuosity and innovation of these stand-out musicians in San Miguel.
Tickets for the concerts at St. Paul’s are $150, $300 and $400 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.