Pro Musica Season Opens with a Recital on New Steinway Piano
By Michael Pearl
On Sunday, October 11, at 5pm at St. Paul’s Church on Cardo, Pro Musica will present the opening concert of its season and the first performance on its stunning new nine-foot Steinway concert grand piano. Pro Musica has been working with Steinway’s leading technician from the United States for the last six months, since the piano arrived at St. Paul’s, to perfect the instrument so that it will provide an unequalled listening experience, as good as you will hear at Carnegie Hall or the Kennedy Center. The main difference is that in San Miguel de Allende you are within feet of the musician. Indeed, the majority of its performers have given concerts at either one or both of these hallowed venues, and now Pro Musica can truly say that your concert experience will be world class, not only because of the artists, but also because of the instrument.
Adam Golka, Piano
Sun, Oct 11, 5pm
St. Paul’s Church
120, 250, 350 pesos
Pro Musica has built a magnificent housing made of splendid hardwood for the piano and has installed a state-of-the art temperature and humidity control system. It also put rails in the floor to ensure that the piano, weighing more than 500 kilos, runs in and out smoothly. The piano also has a custom-made leather and wool cover to both repel and absorb moisture when necessary.
Like breaking in a car engine, it’s necessary to “play-in” a piano. A team of pianists have been playing the piano every week for the last four months. Steinway technician Peter Sumner flies around the world to the concerts of all the greatest pianists, like Lang Lang, to work with them to perfect their piano for their style of playing. Sumner has also worked with the explosively talented musician Adam Golka, who will give the opening Pro Musica concert. Sumner will also be on hand for the week leading up to the concert to ensure a perfect sound.
Golka has inspired audiences worldwide with the deep and emotive quality of his performances and you can expect a very special concert at St. Paul’s when he makes his San Miguel debut in a program that will include music by Brahms, Beethoven, Bartok, Chopin, and others.
Tickets for the concert are a 120, 250, or 350 pesos donation and are on sale at La Tienda in La Biblioteca Pública, 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.
Information about all of Pro Musica’s concerts in its forthcoming season as well as information about its Patron Membership can be found at promusicasma.org, or by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.