Copland House Trio Plays Aaron Copland and Much More
By Mittie Roger
Making their San Miguel debut are the three founding members of the acclaimed Music from Copland House, the resident ensemble at the creative music center located in Aaron Copland’s renovated National Historic Landmark home in New York. For this inaugural appearance, they’ll be playing two different concerts, featuring a wide variety of classical works by various composers, naturally including Copland, but also by Tchaikovsky, Dvorak, Faure, Britten, and Shostakovich.
Pro Musica Concert Series
Sat, Feb 28, 5pm
Sun, Mar 1, 4pm
St. Paul’s church
Music from Copland House (MCH) holds a special place in the US musical scene as one of the country’s only truly eclectic and knowledgeable American repertory ensembles, recreating 150 years of America’s rich musical legacy. Nicholas Kitchen, first violinist of the lauded Borromeo String Quartet, has performed in the world’s most prestigious concert halls. Wilhelmina Smith, the Leonard Rose International Cello Competition prize-winner, is the artistic director of the Salt Bay Chamberfest in Maine, which she founded. Michael Boriskin, pianist and Copland House Artistic and Executive Director, performs regularly worldwide with the foremost international orchestras.
On Saturday, the trio will play Britten, Faure, Copland, and Dvorak. Aaron Copland’s iconic American style reflects the nature of America itself: the fusion of national, cultural, and ethnic elements.
Dvořák’s Piano Trio No. 4 in E Minor, Opus 90, his last and best-known piano trio, is nicknamed Dumky, literally meaning thought, which is a folk music of Ukrainian origin. This form evolved into a classical instrumental piece characterized by abrupt changes from sad to exuberant—a captivating expression of musical manic-depression.
On Sunday, the trio will feature Copland, Shostakovich, and Tchaikovsky.
Tchaikovsky’s Piano Trio in A Minor, Opus 50, has a very challenging structure and is a formidable test of any trio’s musicianship and so continues to be popular with both performers and audiences, not least because of the irresistible melodic and the exalted and passionate finale.
Tickets for the concerts are on sale at La Tienda in La Biblioteca; La Conexión (only at Aldama 3); the School of Arts at the Instituto Allende, Ancha de San Antonio 22; and at the concert half an hour before performance time.