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Baroque arias for soprano, trumpet, and organ

By Michael Pearl

Three of the most talented soloists in Mexico will come together to give a concert of classical arias for trumpet, organ, and soprano, at St. Paul’s Church, Saturday, December 15, at 5 p.m.

Pro Musica presents Baroque Arias for Soprano, Trumpet, and Organ
Sat, Dec 15, 5pm
St. Paul’s Church
Cardo 6

Alexander Freund, the leader of Mexican Brass, and one of the three best trumpet players in North America, needs no introduction to San Miguel audiences, having appeared for Pro Musica many times. This will be a unique opportunity to hear Alex playing some of the greatest classical pieces ever written for the trumpet. Another well known Pro Musica artist, Alexander Pashkov, who has given superb piano recitals for us, is also a fabulous organist, having learned his craft on all the finest instruments in his home town of St. Petersburg, Russia. Alex will play not only some of the most famous works for solo organ, but also accompany Alex Freund in some superb duos.

The trio is completed by the exciting Mexican soprano, Alejandra Sandoval. She won the largest singing contest in Mexico, the Carlo Morelli at the Bellas Artes in Mexico City in 2006, and was again a winner at the Opera San Miguel contest in 2009. Alejandra’s debut as an international soloist came with the International Lyric Theatre National of Cuba, where her performance was greeted with great enthusiasm.

Turning to the program, the first part consists of three exquisite arias by Scarlatti. Si suoni la tromba, from a secular cantata, meaning The trumpet sounds, could hardly have been written for anything other than trumpet, soprano, and accompaniment. Rompe sprezza, about the breaking forth of sighs, is slower and more intimate. The graceful and elegant Mio tesoro per moro is based on the minuet form, which was imported from France at about this time.

These are followed by two of G. F. Handel’s most famous arias for soprano; Let the Bright Seraphim, which became one of the world’s most popular classical arias after Kiri Te Kanawa sang it at Prince Charles’ wedding to Princess Diana in 1981 in St. Paul’s Cathedral. This will be coupled with another of his great odes, Eternal Source of Light.

The second half of the program starts with a stupendous trumpet solo by Freund, playing Pietro Baldassare’s (1683-1768) Trumpet Sonata in D, which is followed by the soaring tones of Alejandra singing Caccini’s Ave Maria.

The program concludes with the first and last movements of J. S. Bach’s great cantata, Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen (Exult in God in all Lands).

We were going to call this program The Three Alex’s, but it did not quite have the ring of The Three Tenors; nevertheless, equal talent will be on show and this is a unique program not to be missed, not least because of the use of the magnificent new organ at St. Paul’s displaying its full range.

Tickets for the Baroque Arias for Soprano, Trumpet, and Organ can be purchased at any of our ticket sales outlets: La Tienda in La Biblioteca, Insurgentes 25; Solutions, Mesones 57; St. Paul’s Church, Calle Cardo, Monday to Friday, 10am-4pm.

The quality of the music, opera, and dance we bring to San Miguel, our unique Rhythm, Rhyme & Reason program, teaching music in underprivileged schools in the campo, and our teaching work in the city’s orphanages, costs increasing amounts of money to provide. The best way to help us fund our activities is to become a Patron Member. Patron membership costs as little US$100 per year, is US tax-deductible, and includes many benefits, such as complimentary concert tickets and Meet the Artists suppers and cocktail parties. For information on all of Pro Musica’s concerts for the 2012-2013 season and Patron Membership, please visit our website:

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