Timothy Fain: Violin Virtuoso

By Mittie Roger

Tim Fain

Timothy Fain, a San Miguel favorite, will be returning for two concerts. After last season’s incredible recitals, we can only imagine what he’ll play this time. Accompanied yet again by the superb Will Ransom on piano, the duo will enchant audiences with the famous Frank Violin Sonata, Schubert’s Fantasy, Saint Saens’ Rondo Capriccioso, Beethoven’s Spring Sonata, Ysaye’s Caprice, and a Schumann’s Sonata.

Pro Musica Concert Series
Violin: Timothy Fain
Piano: Will Ransom
Sat and Sun, Jan 10 and 11, 5pm
St. Paul’s Church
Cardo 6
120/250/350 pesos

With an adventuresome spirit and enormous musical talent, Fain is making waves everywhere he goes. The “charismatic, young violinist with a matinee idol profile, strong musical instincts and first rate chops” (Boston Globe) was most recently heard on the Oscar-winning best picture 12 Years a Slave, the Grammy nominated Black Swan soundtrack, and as Richard Gere’s violin in Bee Season.

William Ransom is the Mary Emerson Professor of Piano and Director of Emory Chamber Music Society of Atlanta. He appears as a soloist with orchestras and as a chamber musician worldwide. His recitals have been broadcast internationally and released by ACA and Rising Star Records.

Saturday’s concert will kick off with the immensely popular “Spring” sonata, one of Beethoven’s 10 violin-piano sonatas, which derived its nickname 60 years after its inception. No one knows the true origin of the name, though this invigorating piece begins with the imagined sounds of grumbling thunder in the distance, as if a spring rain is just around the corner. In complete contrast, diving into American musicals, they will play a Bernstein suite from West Side Story, including I Feel Pretty and America. They will also perform a Schumann sonata, which treats the violin and piano as a unified ensemble.

On Sunday, the duo feature Frank’s Sonata in A Major, composed in 1886 as a wedding present for his friend, violinist Eugène Ysaÿe. It went on to become Ysaÿe’s signature, the delicate repetition being superbly satisfying to listen to. They will also play Schubert’s Fantasy in C major, the most important of the small handful of compositions he wrote for violin, and there will be a jaunt into the American Jazz standards of George Gershwin. They’ll perform Ysaÿe’s violin-piano version of Saint-Saëns’ Caprice Waltz, an astounding display of virtuoso playing, starting with a poetic melody and evolving into musical fireworks.

Tickets for the concerts at St. Paul’s are 120/250/350 pesos donation each, and are on sale at La Tienda in La Biblioteca; La Conexión (only at Aldama 3 and Libramiento a Dolores 105), and at the concert half an hour before performance time. Don’t miss it January 10 and 11, Saturday and Sunday at 5pm at St. Paul’s Church on Calle Cardo.

We will also be showing Twelve Years a Slave, in which you can hear Fain playing, at the Teatro Santa Anna at La Biblioteca on Wednesday January 7th at 5pm. Tickets only from La Biblioteca.

Details of all Pro Musica’s concerts and Patron Membership are on our web site, www.promusicasma.com, or contact us at promusicasma@aol.com


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