Itamar Zorman and Kwan Yi debut in San Miguel in two concerts that are sure to be a highlight of the season. Zorman took the world by storm after winning the silver medal in the 2011 Tchaikovsky Violin Competition, where no gold medal was awarded and Kwan Yi is an equally gifted musician; and together they make magic. Don’t miss this magnificent duo perform with two different concerts, February 1st & 2nd, Thursday & Friday, both at 5pm at St. Paul’s Church on Calle Cardo.
Zorman has a youthful sensitivity; delicate and precise, he connects with his violin as if they are one, leaning into it like a lover, peering upward with a holy gaze and emitting a cacophony of perfectly in-tune notes. There is a natural chemistry between Zorman and the immensely talented Yi; together they make a striking duo, performing often (including a recital in Carnegie Hall) and releasing an album together.
On Thursday, the program highlights include Brahms' Sonata No. 1 in G Majo. Each of the three movements of this sonata share common thematic ideas, and its title, the Rain Sonata, has the meaning of a unified shower of ideas - but expect a sunny performance! We will also hear Dvořák's "Songs my mother taught me", the fourth of seven from his cycle Gypsy Songs. These are set to poems by Adolf Heyduk in both Czech and German. The fourth song, more than any other, has attained far-reaching prominence. Hommage to Charlie Chaplin will be another featured work; it’s not well known that the comedic icon was also an accomplished composer. In fact he wrote, directed, acted, conducted, and scored many of his films. Chaplin began his life in London, growing up in unrelenting poverty with a mentally-ill mother and an absent father and went on to become the cinemas' first superstar who often played the music himself for his "talkies".
On Friday, concertgoers will revel in works by Schubert and Bartók, among others. Schubert's Sonatina in D major for violin and piano was likely deemed a Sonatina to reduce the pressure on the 19 year composer, though he already had some wildly impressive compositions under his belt, such as the Lieder: Erlkönig and Gretchen am Spinnrade. After a 10 year hiatus from composing for piano and violin, he produced the Rondo Brilliant in B minor for the young violinist, Josef Slavík. We will also hear Bartók's Rhapsody no. 2 with its powerful folk influences of strumming pizzicatos, but without using the actual folk tunes. The composer was known for his in depth research and collecting of folk material and his Sonata No.1 in C-sharp minor for violin and piano also reflects this.
Tickets for the concerts at St. Paul’s are $150, $300 and $400 pesos donation each, and are on sale at La Tienda in the Biblioteca Pública; La Conexión; only at Aldama 3; and at the concert 45 minutes before performance time.