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Pianist Marta Garcia Renart – A Love Affair in Black and White

By Kathleen Hudson

Texas Heritage Music Foundation

Marta García Renart will interpret “Shaping Silence,” a twelve-movement opus by Tim Hazell and Liz Stone on November 23, 7:00 pm at St Paul’s Church.  Marta’s life has been defined by her love affair with black and white; music manuscripts, piano keys, the concert stage and, recently, a new book, “Recorridos por el Blanco y Negro de la Música.”  Born in Mexico City in 1942 to an extraordinary family of arts and letters, she has enjoyed an international career, managing to combine her passion with family life, teaching and regular forays into uncharted territory as a leading exponent of the avant garde.

As she embarked on a singular vocation, Marta found herself in demand as a soloist, conductor, composer of choral works, chamber music, minimalist opera and as host of a weekly radio program.  Her recent opera, “The Pot of Eleven Ears,” blending the sonorities of two female voices, a flute, piano trombone and guitar, demonstrated her inventiveness for combining disparate elements with mastery and flair.

The pianist brings a vision of the world and cultures she has encountered to her knack for interpreting the works of major Latin American and international composers.  She has also become a champion of original and provocative music of our time.

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, Marta has been a regular with the Fine Arts, Lark, Manhattan, Latinoamericano and Ying Quartets.

Hazell and Stone’s “Shaping Silence” conveys deep emotions with twelve evocative, sometimes meditative, playful and often visually charged themes.  Composed on an array of instruments such as guitar, mandolin, marimba and sitar, the challenge for its creators was to adapt these unique ethnic sonorities to the unparalleled range and tonal colors of the piano.  Ms Renart comes to the collaboration with previous experience and success, infusing their music with her own restless inner life.

General admission tickets for the performance are 150 pesos, available beginning November 15 at La Conexion, Aldama #3, La Tienda in the Biblioteca Publica, Insurgentes #25, Solutions, Mesones #57 and at St. Paul’s Church, Calle Cardo #6, weekdays 10 am to 4 pm, and at the door half an hour prior to the performance.


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