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Hazell & Stone’s Shaping Silence premieres at St. Paul’s

By Kathleen Hudson

Renowned pianist Marta García Renart performs Shaping Silence, an original classical suite of 12 movements for solo piano by composers Tim Hazell and Liz Stone at St. Paul’s Church Saturday, November 23, 7pm.

Shaping Silence
Pianist Marta García Renart
12 movements for solo piano by Tim Hazell and Liz Stone
Sat, Nov 23, 7pm
St. Paul’s Church
Cardo 6
150 pesos

Tickets at La Conexión, La Biblioteca, Solutions and the box office

Shaping Silence was created as a series of evocative musical themes with titles such as Is She Listening?, Island Traffic, and Sleeping Dancer, invoking modern classical roots with vigor and a touch of humor. A few carefully chosen elements with references to Celtic music, America’s heartland traditions, the Far East and Calypso, add exotic ingredients to the mix. Tim Hazell and Liz Stone allow their arrangements to take individual flights of the imagination.

Marta García Renart is one of the most widely respected 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, she performed with the Fine Arts, Lark, Manhattan, Latinoamericano and Ying Quartets. Marta has composed song cycles, choral and chamber music, solo piano works and music for the theater. Her weekly program from 1998 to 2002, “On Music, Musicians and Something More,” was awarded a Prize of Excellence.

Maestra Renart is no stranger to the music of Hazell and Stone, having premiered their opus “Recipes for the Senses” for enthusiastic audiences in 2012.

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. Her Orff -Schulwerk background in music has continued to be an inspiration. Liz was a prominent participant as chorus director for Pro Musica’s opera productions of Tosca and La Bohème, and is a familiar concert performer.

Music for solo piano has a rich history. Composers of all genres have been attracted by its great dynamic range and power to conjure up deep emotions.

Tim Hazell is a composer and project director of original works for ensemble and piano. He is a member of the Executive Board of Pro Musica and Director of the Rhythm, Rhyme and Reason Music Outreach Program. Grants and awards include San Miguel Community Foundation, Texas Writers Conference, the John Anson Kittredge Educational Fund and National Endowment for the Arts. As a painter, he has had 60 international exhibitions with private collections in Canada, the United States, Mexico and Europe and was Director of Art of the Instituto Allende from 1998-2001.

What is there about the magic of San Miguel that allows unusual collaborations to evolve? Perhaps it’s in the air and the anticipation of a legendary San Miguel audience. “Shaping Silence” promises to provide us with an unusual evening of entertainment. General admission tickets are 150 pesos, available beginning November 15 at La Conexion, Aldama 3; La Tienda in the Biblioteca, Insurgentes 25; Solutions, Mesones 57; and St. Paul’s Church, calle Cardo 6, weekdays 10am to 4pm, and at the door half an hour prior to the performance.


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