Grammy Award-Winning Clarinetist Richard Stoltzman and Marimbist Mika Stoltzman

Lisa Marie Mozzoco

By Mittie Roger

Mika Stoltzman, marimba master and wife of clarinet icon and two-time Grammy winner Richard Stoltzman, will join her husband, accompanied by William Ransom on piano, to dazzle audiences with two shows Saturday, December 5, and Sunday, December 6, at 5pm at St. Paul’s Church. Don’t miss your chance to see these electrifying performances!

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, and 350 pesos
promusicasma@aol.com

Mika Stoltzman, called a “high-wire jazz marimbist…an amazing, energetic performer ready for major exposure,” (Los Angeles Times) was born in Kumamoto, Japan, and now lives in New York City. Since completing her studies at the University of Toronto, the internationally acclaimed musician has devoted herself to marimba performance and has her own group, Mikarimba.

Mika has performed worldwide, including at Carnegie Hall’s Zankel and Weill Halls and in Tokyo, in addition to touring around the globe. She’s been a guest soloist in the Krakow Philharmonic in Poland and the Szombathely Symphony Orchestra in Hungary. She has also premiered marimba-focused works with the Kyushu Symphony and the Kumamoto Symphony Orchestra.

Mika’s first two albums, Mitsue and Marimba Phase, were released by Monroe Street. In 2010 Mika wowed audiences with her live DVD, Marimba Madness. Touring the Blue Note jazz clubs throughout Japan with Mikarimba, Mika also celebrated sold-out concerts full of enthusiastic fans, performing works from her two most recent albums. Her recitals at Carnegie Weill were sold out and included Chick Corea’s new arrangements with Richard Stoltzman. The husband and wife team complement one another on stage; clarinetist Richard Stoltzman is relaxed and calm, and marimbist Mika Stoltzman is spirited and wild. They come together to create an innovative and original performance, giving new life to an eclectic mix of classics, as well as pop and jazz.

On Saturday, December 5, they will dazzle audiences with the following gems for marimba and clarinet: The Nymphs by John Zorn, a prolific avant-garde composer; McKinley’s Mostly Blues, specially composed for the duo; and a foray into Bach’s Inventions, among others. Sunday, December 6 will feature Romanian composer Nichifor Kalushar’s solo for marimba, which was premiered by Mika Yoshida. Additional highlights will include Grammy-winning Latin jazz icon Chick Corea’s marimba composition, Wigwam, and Maurice Ravel’s Pavane, which evokes the elegance of traditional Spanish dances, along with many, many more.

Tickets for the concerts at St. Paul’s Church are 120, 250, and 350 pesos (donation) 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 new website, www.promusicasma.org, or contact us at promusicasma@aol.com.

 

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