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Tim Fain, International Violin Superstar, Performs for Pro Musica

By Mittie Roger

A favorite of San Miguel audiences, this incredibly acclaimed young violinist’s accolades far exceed his age. From such heights as performing and co-composing the music for 12 Years a Slave and performing on-screen, as well as on the soundtrack of the cult movie Black Swan, to international solo performances with Phillip Glass, we are honored to host Tim Fain again as part of the Pro Musica concert program. It’s no wonder that audiences flock to Tim Fain’s performances. With his overwhelming critical acclaim and striking appearance, he is a force to be reckoned with. His most recent project, a multi-media event entitled Portals, premiered to sold-out audiences in New York, Los Angeles, and other venues worldwide. The production highlights collaborations with such artists as Benjamin Millepied, Leonard Cohen, filmmaker Kate Hackett, and radio personality Fred Child.

Pro Musica Concert Series
Tim Fain
Fri, Feb 12 and Sat, Feb 13, 4pm
St. Paul’s Church
Cardo 6
120/250/350 pesos

Friday’s concert will include works by such composers as Beethoven, Bach, and Phillip Glass. Beethoven’s “Sonata No. 1” of Opus 12 for Piano and Violin was dedicated to Beethoven’s teacher. Modern titles reverse that order, putting emphasis on the violin, as Beethoven was also a violinist, and imagined this as the ideal pairing of the two instruments. Bach’s Chaconne and Glass’s Chaconne from his Partita for Solo Violin are both astonishing breakthroughs and demand unparalleled virtuosity. Glass’s Chaconne, specifically created for Tim Fain, pays homage to Bach’s Chaconne and grew out of a writing/performing relationship that Glass began with the Book of Longing composed with Leonard Cohen.

Saturday’s concert will feature the works of Beethoven, Samuel Barber, and Schubert, among others. Schubert’s Sonatina in D major, named as such by his publisher in an attempt to increase sales, was composed after two of his best-known songs, “The Earl King” and “Gretchen at the Spinning Wheel” and his first five symphonies. Barber’s Violin Concerto was commissioned for a Curtis classmate in 1939 and is now part of the established repertoire and has been recorded by many major violinists. Beethoven’s Sonata No. 7, dedicated to Tsar Alexander I of Russia, is embroiled in intrigue. Gossip about connections between Beethoven and Alexander’s family, such as the lustful affairs of Catherine the Great, and Napoleon’s rise to power, surround this powerful sonata. From the great romantics to astounding virtuoso pieces, his spectacular concerts on Friday and Saturday, February 12 and 13, at 4pm at St. Paul’s Church on Cardo 6 are not to be missed!

Tickets for the concerts at St. Paul’s are 120/250/350 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 website, Or contact us at


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