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Recipes for the Senses premieres at St. Paul’s

By Kathleen Hudson, Ph.D.

Renowned pianist Marta García Renart performs Recipes for the Senses, an original suite of nine movements for solo piano by composers Tim Hazell and Liz Stone, on January 10.

Music: Recipes for the Senses by Tim Hazell & Liz Stone w/Marta García Renart. Tue, Jan 10, 6pm. St. Paul’s Church, Cardo 6. 150 pesos

Recipes for the Senses was created as a series of highly visual musical themes with evocative titles such as “Quiet Pond,” “Orchard in Winter” and “Fog With a Patch of Blue.” The suite explores 20th-century classical roots in the tradition of composers such as Eric Satie, whose limpid and often humorous approach to composition has been an influence. A few carefully chosen elements, some with clear references to Celtic music and America’s heartland traditions and others to the Far East, add exotic ingredients to the mix.

Marta García Renart is one of the most widely respected and sought-after pianists in Mexico. She has traveled to the United States, Cuba, and El Salvador, participating in chamber and contemporary music festivals. As a resident pianist with the San Miguel Chamber Music Festival since 1985, she has performed with the Fine Arts, Lark, Manhattan, Latinoamericano and Ying Quartets. Maestra Renart has composed song cycles, choral and chamber music, solo piano works, music for the theater, and was recently commissioned for a chamber opera, The Pot of Eleven Ears. Her weekly program from 1998 to 2002, “On Music, Musicians and Something More,” was awarded a Prize of Excellence. Conductor of the choir of Orfeò Català de México for 11 years, she still performs tirelessly and teaches at El Sindicato. Many of her students have excelled as pianists.

Liz Stone received her Masters in Music teaching with Kodaly Emphasis at Holy Names College in Oakland, California, combining Orff and Kodaly in her elementary school music classes for over 20 years. After moving to San Miguel with her husband Michael, Liz became a volunteer teacher at Colegio Atabal, a private school near the Presa Allende and at the school for the handicapped. Her Orff -Schulwerk background in music has continued to be an inspiration with her current classes as participant in Pro Musica’s new “Rhythm, Rhyme and Reason”outreach program for the Los Ricos community and school. She is director of the San Miguel Singers and unique Bell Choir of San Miguel.

I met Tim Hazell in San Miguel de Allende and asked him to share his music, art, and words with my students from Schreiner University. That was the beginning of a rich relationship of sharing “recipes” for creativity. He received a PROCAN prize for Best Vocal Work as librettist of The Stars Would Have Me Weep, an oratorio for voice and piano first performed at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, and was this year’s recipient of a SOCAN Urban Music award.

Tim was artist-in-residence at Schreiner University twice, and his work in the classroom brought new flavors to our commitment to education. We showcased Tim at the annual Texas Writers Conference in April 2010 in the robes of a Chichimeca teacher, giving his reading in the context of “life as art.” His original music spans classical, rock, adult contemporary, and world music genres. Grants include the San Miguel Community Foundation, Texas Writers Conference, John Anson Kittredge Educational Fund and National Endowment for the Arts. As a painter, he has had some 60 international exhibitions and was recently the cover artist for Chicago’s Southloop Review of Arts and Letters published by Columbia College.

The concert will be followed by a wine and cheese reception. Part of the proceeds will be used to benefit St. Paul’s and its many outreach programs. Tickets for the performance of Recipes for the Senses are available beginning December 30 at St. Paul’s Church, Cardo 6, Monday through Friday, and at the door a half hour before the concert.

Dr. Kathleen Hudson is the author of two books on Texas music, Professor of English at Schreiner University and head of the Texas Heritage Music Foundation.

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