Richard Stoltzman, Live in San Miguel

By Mittie Roger

Two-time Grammy Award-winning clarinetist Richard Stoltzman takes the stage in San Miguel de Allende, proving the incredible range of musical possibilities the clarinet can provide. Stolztman is not only one of the world’s greatest clarinet players; he is the reason that the clarinet is a solo instrument. Without his innovation, imagination, and virtuosity we wouldn’t see the clarinet in the same way. Joining Richard will be his wife, Mika, on marimba, and pianist William Ransom. Don’t miss the opportunity to see them perform at St. Paul’s Church on Cardo 6, Saturday, December 5, and Sunday, December 6, at 5pm.

Concert
Pro Musica Concert Series
Richard Stoltzman, clarinet
Mika Stoltzman, marimba, William Ransom, piano
Sat, Dec 5, and Sun, Dec 6, 5pm
St. Paul’s Church
Calle Cardo 6
120, 250, 350 pesos
promusicasma@aol.com

As the world’s foremost clarinetist, Richard is one of the most in-demand concert artists. Playing as a soloist with over 100 orchestras and a myriad of chamber music performances and smaller recitals, he has revolutionized the clarinet, opening up a plethora of possibilities not previously imagined with his communicative power, creative intonation, and unique technique.

Apart from his impressive resumé in the world of classical music, he has amazed critics and audiences alike in repertory spanning many other musical genres. He was the first wind musician to ever win the Avery Fisher Award and is a prolific recording artist, delving into the arenas of jazz, pop, and, of course, classical music.

For his two concerts, he’ll be presenting works from a variety of artists, from classical to jazz and a few favorite great American show tunes. Among highlights on Saturday, there will be Poulenc’s Sonata for Clarinet and Piano. A member of Les Six, a group of young French composers, Poulenc sought joy in music making and composed this sonata to honor the passing of one of the members of the group. Saturday will also feature Brahms’ beautiful last chamber work, Sonata for Clarinet and Piano.

 

Sunday’s concert will highlight the works of Bernstein, Gershwin, Debussy, Schumann, Chick Corea, and others. It will include a rare opportunity to hear Bernstein’s first composition, the Sonata for Clarinet and Piano, which is dedicated to clarinetist David Oppenheim and has overtones of West Side Story. The concert will also feature Gershwin’s Suite from Porgy and Bess for clarinet and piano, arranged by Stoltzman, and Schuman’s Drei Fantasiestücke, the fantasy pieces for clarinet and piano.

Tickets for the concerts at St. Paul’s Church are 120, 250, and 350 pesos donation each, 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.

Details of all Pro Musica’s concerts and patron membership are on our new website, www.promusicasma.org. Or contact us at promusicasma@aol.com.

 

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