Debut of Acclaimed Arbos Piano Trio
By Mittie Roger
Direct from Spain for their San Miguel debut, the Arbos Piano Trio will delight your senses with their special blend of Iberian style. Formed in 1996 and named after renowned Spanish director, violinist, and composer Enrique Arbos (1863-1939), the Trio has gone on to become one of Spain’s leading chamber ensembles, winning the National Music Award in 2013 for interpretation and performance. This dynamic trio, which has wowed audiences worldwide, is sure to inspire listeners in San Miguel.
Pro Musica Concert Series
Arbos Piano Trio
Sat, Nov 21, 5pm
St. Paul’s Church
120, 250, 350 pesos
Comprised of Cecilia Bercovich on violin, José Miguel Gómez on violoncello, and Juan Carlos Garvayo on piano, the Arbos Trio has performed in more than 30 countries and many prestigious festivals and theaters, including the Vienna Konzerthaus, Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, and the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires. Among their numerous CDs, they’ve recorded the complete piano trios of Joaquin Turina.
Turina was a fascinating historical figure, fiercely loyal to Spain even during the Franco era, and known for composing sensuous, though orderly, music which Franco himself honored through awarding him the Grand Cross of Alberto the Wise. But even so, questions of political leanings and how they relate to artistic expression surround him. Circulo, a composition the Arbos Trio will perform, honors the cyclic nature of life and of time, broken into three movements: dawn, day, and twilight. This dynamic composition leads the listener through an imaginary landscape of experience and poses questions as valid today as they were in the Spanish Civil War.
Arbos will also perform the Piano Trio in F by Saint-Saëns, an uplifting composition written during the long peak in his prolific career. Saint-Saëns was another impressive historical figure; a musical prodigy who began to play piano at age three and was performing by age five, impressing great composers, such as Wagner, with his perfect pitch and eidetic memory. A genius in many arenas, this musical prodigy left behind some of the greatest works of all time.
Like Saint-Saëns, Mendelssohn was also among the most precocious musical prodigies. He could play, for example, Beethoven’s Ninth at the piano from memory. Mendelssohn’s wildly popular Piano Trio in D Minor continues to be considered one of the greatest masterpieces of piano trio literature, along with Beethoven’s Archduke and Schubert’s two Trios. The Arbos Trio will play Mendelssohn’s elegant composition for us.
This will be the trio’s San Miguel debut; don’t miss this great opportunity to see one of Spain’s foremost ensembles. 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 Instituto Allende, Ancha de San Antonio 22; and at the concert half an hour before performance time.
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