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San Miguel International Symphony presents Moscow harpist Larissa Fedorova

By Antonio Cabrero

Director Invitado Antonio Cabrero

On Saturday, March 15, the orchestra performs a tribute to impressionism, featuring the works of Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel, The concert will take place at San Francisco Church (adjacent Chapel) at 8pm. The International Symphony, based in San Miguel, is a collection of principals of important orchestras and they come from several countries.

By The San Miguel International Symphony
Sat, Mar 15, 8pm
San Francisco Church

Tickets are available at Teatro Ángela Peralta (tel 152-2200) La Biblioteca gift shop and at the Church office; you may also call the symphony office 415-154-5780.

Ravel and Debussy were influenced greatly by the impressionist painters of France and their revolutionary concepts in painting. This period in art history represents one of the most important periods in which the sublime art of painting literally opens the windows for the music composers to look at new landscapes, new lights and colors, new clouds and shades and new pathways to follow.

Great friendships were bonded between composers and painters; café discussions and debates were setting up new philosophies about painting and music as really being one and the same.

Debussy and Ravel are the most respected music painters… both composers were working and living in Paris when the impressionist movement began and shocked the world of painting. It is because of Debussy and Ravel that impressionism had a tremendous impact in musical tradition, an impact of such magnitude that music and its sister art, painting, will never be the same.

This brings to my mind Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, composed a few years earlier. Debussy and Ravel were already discovering in Mussorgsky the new harmonies and the free forms needed to do away with classical music tradition; it had to be an exotic Russian masterpiece based on paintings that started it all.

For this incredibly delicate music we have asked our soloists to form a unique ensemble, a very colorful one as needed for impressionism, a style based very much in soft instruments such as the harp. We are proud to have Larissa Fedorova from Moscow and her masterful harp playing as our harpist of the International Symphony.

Upcoming Event

First anniversary and annual fundraising party: March 29

Grand ballroom, Hotel Real de Minas, 7pm — Concert, dinner, dancing

Tickets 750 and 400 pesos (just drinks), both tickets include a glass of champagne.

RSVP at Hotel Real de Minas (152-2626 ext 525, Gaby), Teatro (152-2200), the Biblioteca gift shop and the symphony office 154-5780 at Guadiana 21-5.

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