Andrew Sords, Spell-binding Violinist, Performs One Night Only
By Mittie Roger
It’s not often that one finds this kind of sheer awe-inspiring talent in such a young musician, but Andrew Sords is an impressive example. At a mere 30 years old, he has been described as “The finest violin soloist I have ever heard … An absolute wonder,” by the Kansas City Star. Additionally hailed in the press as “a fully formed artist” (Kalisz-Poland News), “utterly radiant” (Canada’s Arts Forum), and “exceptionally heartfelt and soulful” (St. Maarten’s Daily Herald), the virtuoso violinist Sords, along with accomplished pianist Tim Durkovic, will perform for Pro Musica’s audiences on Sunday, November 8, at 5pm at St. Paul’s Church on Cardo.
Pro Musica Concert Series
Sun, Nov 8, 5pm
St. Paul’s Church
120, 250, 350 pesos
The concert will feature Elgar’s Salut d’Amour, Opus 12, a salute to love inspired by Elgar’s fiancée, Caroline Roberts, and presented to her as an engagement present. Originally composed for violin and piano, it became very popular and was quickly transcribed for many other instruments. Caroline had been Elgar’s pupil, but their love had several barriers to overcome because not only was she was eight years his senior, but her family disinherited her because he was a Roman Catholic. However, they married anyway, and this salute to love was ultimately dedicated to their daughter.
Mozart’s wonderfully unique Sonata No. 24 in E minor will also be highlighted in the concert. The sonata only has only two movements, unlike his typical three or four movement piano-violin sonatas. Further, it is in E minor, a key rarely used in Mozart’s instrumental works. Composed in Paris in the wake of his mother’s death, the sonata’s tonal color and dark mood speak to the passing of someone greatly loved, someone with whom he had a deep affinity, and someone with whom he shared a powerful connection.
Another gem of the performance will be Chopin’s Nocturne for Violin and Piano in C-sharp minor, which was originally written for piano, but is especially well-suited for the violin, making the composition feel intensely romantic. Sords will also make a foray into Bartók’s Romanian Folk Dances of Romania’s Transylvania region. Previously part of Hungary, the original title was Romanian Folk Dances from Hungary. The source melodies were usually played on gypsy fiddles or with shepherd’s flutes.
Sords and Durkovic will dazzle in this spectacular concert. Don’t miss the one-time opportunity to see them perform!
Tickets for the concert at St. Paul’s church are 120, 250 and 350 pesos donation each and 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.
Details of all Pro Musica’s concerts and Patron Membership are on our web site, www.promusicasma.org, or contact us at email@example.com.