Michael Hoppé’s Solace
By Hannah Jarmain
An extraordinary concert is scheduled for the Bellas Artes in San Miguel de Allende on February 24, featuring the famous composer and pianist Michael Hoppé, who will be accompanied by some of San Miguel’s most talented musicians: Turkkan Osman (violin), Michael Severens (cello), James Warburton (flute), and Brenda Reid and Ron Van Dyke (singer/guitarist).
Wed, Feb 24, 5pm
Bellas Artes Auditorium
Hoppé creates hauntingly beautiful music that has won numerous awards and been featured in many Oscar-nominated movies.
He and his wife moved permanently to San Miguel from Portland, Washington, almost two years ago, largely at the insistence of Toller Cranston, a Canadian figure skating and artistic icon who, until his sudden death in January 2015, lived in San Miguel for over 20 years. Toller used to listen to Hoppé’s Solace at full volume while painting. When I visited Toller in his art studio on calle Sollano, the windowpanes would be rattling, and everything in the studio would be vibrating with Hoppé’s rapturous music. Burned in my memory is a picture of Toller sitting in front of his canvas, painting in a deep trance, oblivious to his surroundings, and enveloped in Hoppé’s music. It was only fitting that Hoppé’s extraordinarily beautiful Safe to Port composition was featured in a video created after Toller’s death. Hoppé’s music has inspired the artistic souls in all of us.
Sanmiguelenses will instantly recognize the names of well-known guest musicians who will perform with Hoppé in the concert, such as Turkkan Osman and Michael Severens.
Those who loved Clint Eastwood’s movie Flags of Our Fathers will recognize the music of Solace, which was nominated for a Grammy Award. Some other honors and awards bestowed on Hoppé’s music include 30 Greatest Albums of All Time by New Age Review;The Yearning, CD of the Year; Afterglow, Best Album Crossroad Music Award, AFIM Indie Award Winner, and Oprah Magazine pick for 2013; The Lover, Visionary Award; Prayers, Audie Award nomination; and the favorite-of-all-time award, All Music Guide’s Best Album Award for The Poet.
Seats are limited, so get your tickets early for preferential seating. As a tribute to Toller Cranston, a white rose will be presented to each attendee at the entrance. Tickets are on sale at La Conexión, Hecho en Mexico, Via Orgánica, and Juan’s Café.